Do mountains make a man? If so, then i am an infant. A crying infant. Climbing up to 2000m and down again, I questioned myself - "what the hell am I even doing?!". A leaky valve results in my first tube change, all good.
But the experiences that shine through the most are not of pain, but of the kindness of others. A complimentary water at a gas station, a free peach from a farmer, to the hot pot at the end of the days journey. The local Chinese are dear and I have nothing but utmost respect for them.
Other observations include: 4G everywhere, but bathroom hygiene lacking. The roads are unbelievable, the government must pay a fortune for the upkeep, there are road maintenance teams everywhere. Also, guys on scooters love to give you the thumbs up after zooming by, either as a congratulatory gesture or a "see you later, sucker!!".
I now rest in Foping, Shaanxi. #china #bicycletouring #foping #g108