Day One Departure


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May 17th 2014
Published: May 17th 2014
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17.4.14



Destination: PINGWANG.

Distance: 109.5 Kms Road Condition: good surface Weather: cool, heavy o'cast

Time in Saddle: 6 hours Av Speed: 18.25kph Elevation: mostly flat



Up at 4.15 after poor sleep, must have been subconsciously thinking about today. Breakfast at 5.00, everyone also up and rearing to go. Departed hotel at 5.50 for The Bund and group photo. Discovered that my camera somehow had been drained of power. Will need to get a photo from elsewhere.

Traffic chaotic and early cycle speeds were poor. As said earlier, people and vehicles like ants, wrong way up one way streets, u turns in awkward places, huge traffic intersections with confusing lights. A relief to escape the mayhem unscathed. Everyone arrived without mishap. Last 40 Kms, had good tail wind so averaged about 28 kph. The roads for trucks/cars; and scooters, bikes and people are separated which is great, but at intersections, crossings are scary as vehicles cross your path without consideration.

Lunch on the road was make your own sandwiches and fruit. Quite adequate and satisfying.

Scenery was flat and largely uninteresting, with a few delta river crossings.

Sky was bleak, so having no camera battery was a problem today. Presently charging all implements.

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17th May 2014

Lucky you are able to charge your camera today! Remember you can take some photos on your phone as well! xx

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