China, Cycling The World 8th-November-2012

Garry McGivern Travelsonabike2 is cycling around the world in China on Thursday, 8th-November-2012. Baiyin to Xringrenbu. 80 miles. I was really unsure as to whether to carry on or go back to Lanzhou this morning! After looking at the maps last night, there really didn’t seem a lot ahead in the form of towns, and also, snow is forecast!

In the end, I decided to carry on and just see what happens. If I have to camp, I have to camp. I’ll just have to put all my layers on. Also, if I went back to Lanzhou, it would feel like I’d given up. There’s always the train to Beijing, which I could catch further on, I hope!

I got stopped by the police as I was going through one of the toll booths. I knew why they stopped me. But I just kept smiling and pretended I didn’t know why they stopped me and just kept asking about a hotel. Eventually, they led me off the motorway to the office building, where I was expecting to find somebody who spoke English. And, at the very least, get a telling-off! Instead, I was shown into the boss’s office and got given some tea and told to rest.

I think it was their way of getting me off the motorway without actually telling me off! After half an hour of sort of communicating, I asked if I could go to the hotel which was 8km away. They let me go but showed me the way off the motorway.

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