Bei Dai He, 01/10/2005 at 23:00
Day 15: Zunhua – Xing An: 110 Kilometers in Mud and Rain
Immediately from the beginning of this ride we got into the rain. The dusty roads turned into small mud pools, and after the first major industrial area especially Jakob was covered in mud. At about 30 kilometers we had enough and tried unsuccesfully to get a ride to Xing An. We continued by bike towards Xing An, saw the Great Wall a few times on the way, and finished the day in heavy rain with our mind on warm showers. We almost didn’t dare to enter the hotel to ask for a room – we were THAT dirty! How do you explain in Chinese that you need newspapers to put into your shoes for drying?