Distance: 137.5. Kms SubT. 512.5. Bal. 11,852.5 Kms. Road Condition: 95 % v good Weather: fine v. Hot 37.7+
Time in Saddle: 6 hrs Av Speed: av 23 kph. Av Cadence 75 rpm
Elevation: 561 M up; 538 M down
Calories burned. 4841
Left hotel at 7.30, after an ordinary breakfast, pleasingly supplemented by purchased bananas, for the long wind out of Nanjing. 22 Kms before we reached clear road. In the process crossed over the Yangtze River, bridge width was 3.8kms. Air was thickly polluted, so it was difficult to see the ships traversing the water ways.
Other than pollution, the other item that is a standout, is all the construction, road work is all over, high rise towers by the score are being constructed, and there are thousands of cars and hundreds of thousands of motor scooters, cycles, etc. the scary thing about the scooters is that they run on battery and are therefore whisper quiet, so seemingly sneak up on you. You need to be ever vigilant to the driving behaviour.
The scenery was of fields of no great beauty.
The day was very hot, over 37.7 ( 100F) for much of the day. It zapped my energy and enthusiasm.
Distance: 160 Kms SubT. 672 Kms Bal. 11,692.5 Kms Road Condition: highway 90% G
Weather: Fine hot 34C
Time in Saddle: 6.5 hrs Av Speed: av. 25 kph. Av Cadence 77 rpm
Elevation: 312 m up; 302 M down
Calories burned : 5,587
Today was a long, long medium hot day largely on highway, surrounded by huge trucks and buses, farm machinery, fast cars and the ubiquitous motor scooter in the towns. Scenery was largely drab, although we did pass through many Kms of rice fields where the plant looked ready for harvesting, which looked appealing. Different to SE Asia, as the rice was planted under large acreage making it more economical, I presume, to farm.
It was very dusty from road and development work. The pace of construction is astounding.
Smog was thick. Still haven't seen the sun directly. Still burns though!
Poor breakfast, which may account for why I found the day difficult. Lunch at 10 helped, but I think I was already zapped. Came good as we were arriving at hotel. The thought of a shower and beer had a miraculous effect. The beer is only 2.2% which is great. Any stronger would probably put me on my head.
The city streets are wide and dusty. Shopping looks basic so far. Hotel is great, the police wouldn't allow the group to stay at first hotel. As it sounded a dive, good job POLICE. The check in process at hotels is generally laborious. Passport recording is all by hand. Where the hotel attempted a scan, it failed. Numerous staff work check in, but very slow.
Found a CarreFoure Supermarket across the road. Purchased 2 chicken drumsticks, chips and a bun. Delicious. Bananas for the morning. The food at the hotels has been generally disappointing.
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