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"Weapons of Mass Destruction" - We found them!


Day 185, 2nd December
Xianhondian - Hekou - Huangpi

The Banditos Ride Again
The Banditos Ride Again
At last - we find what we've been looking for - FIREWORKS! Thousands of them. China - we're ready to rumble!

Woke up to more fireworks courtesy of Rory! After we’d packed up the tents and proud that we’d gone un-noticed, we set off on our bikes for another days cycling through “picture-book” China. There were chickens and pigs running about everywhere and those strange looking oxen with the shiny black horns in the fields. My guts were still really bad and I had to stop to produce liquid-gold regularly! The types of vegetation was changing as rapidly as my guts too; few palms were now appearing and many tropical-looking wax-leaved plants dotted the hedgerows.

In the small town of Hekou Rory discovered the biggest and the best fireworks ever in a small shop. One spiral of bangers the size of a wheel boasted ten-thousand explosions, and mega-bangers the size of coke cans were on sale too! We bought the lot for an evening of war games wherever we camped. In a roadside field the guys unrolled the coil of bangers to test them out and wrapped the remainder around their bodies giving the group a surreal Bandido look!

The landscape now had reverted to flat lands, the hill were gone and we were about a day north of Wuhan. The road improved too. We found a spot to camp on a small hill, in a copse which contained a small Chinese burial site which looked as if no-one visited. And then it started to rain…and rain…and rain. However, this didn’t stop us letting off thousands of fireworks and the few mega-loud ones which even slapped us with a mini shock-wave from 30 feet. Scott thought we were all mad and retired to his tent…

Rory and New Toy
Rory and New Toy
This reel of firecrackers boasts 10,000 explosions! Great!

Total Miles: 9018.08 Todays Miles: 53.78 Average speed: 11.5 Time on bike: 4:41

Day 186, 3rd December
Huangpi - Wuhan

Last night’s onslaught went on till way after it was dark with Scott yelling sporadically from his tent, “Shut the fuck up”! We didn’t and lobbed fireworks at his tent. It continued to pour down all last night and during the storm there were more explosions as I had to keep running into the trees with loo-paper in hand - my guts were freaking!

We set off in the rain, wretched, wet, and stinking of sulphur, of something else that had run downhill from the trees! And we stopped at the first café we came to to warm up. Then, with a good but freezing tailwind behind us we set off for the 30 or so miles to the city of Wuhan. It wasn’t long before I was soaked through to the skin. My hands became numb in my soaked Russian leather gloves and then numbness turned to agony with the persistent cold and wetness - this was seriously not fun!

Rural Scene
Rural Scene
The boys are back in town - and this time we're armed!

We miserably entered the suburbs and then the of Wuhan along the most appalling bike-lanes we’d seen so far in China. The budget hotels listed in our one-year-old Lonely Planet guide were now high-class joints and well beyond our budget. It’s truly horrible to be frozen and looking for ages for a place to just lie down. The rain persisted, we were drenched, and we finally booked into the Y44 a night Mengtian Lake Hotel near the central bus station, we booked two nights.

After drying out a lot and having teas we went off to a café, a well-stocket supermarket, and to check our emails. Lots of lovely mails from Kathryn but a not-too-nice one from my rental agents who are renting out my flat. Apparently the last bastard tenant has stripped my flat of all the family belongings including my grandma’s old Singer sewing machine which has loads of memories from my childhood.

Battle Scene
Battle Scene
Hill Number 147 - the scene of a particularly nasty exchange of fireworks.

Back at the hotel I became ill again and spent the evening blowing my guts out - even the best Chinese fireworks would have had a hard job competing with those eruptions! Sorry to be so graphic here… Reluctantly, I resorted to the dodgy antibiotics I’d bought in a Russian market months ago. Wish me luck……

Total Miles: 9057.09 Todays Miles: 38.01 Average speed: 11.3 Time on bike: 3:22

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Part1 | Part2 | Part3 | Part4 | Part5 | Part6 | Part7 | Part8 | Part9 | Part10 | Part11 | Part12 | Part13 | Part14 | Part15 | Part16 | Part17 | Part18 | Part19 | Part20 | Part21 | Part22 | Part23 | Part24 | Part25 | Part26 | Part27


Visit Andy's website here for more photos and additional information:http://www.travelblog.org/Bloggers/Bikepacker/

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