Travelsonabike2 China This Day 19th-January-2012

This week’s Travelsonabike2 bicycle touring post comes from China on the 19th-January-2012, and I’m still in the mountains of southwestern China. It’s interesting to read what I said about my legs. Did I have the beginnings of Myelopathy back then?

Thursday 19th January 2012 Mengxing to Mangle. 48 miles.

Those blooming fireworks went on for hours last night. And it’s not even New Year yet. I wondered about sticking around in China for the Chinese New Year. It could be fun. But it’s still four days away, and I think I’d get bored waiting around. And if my calculations are correct, I should cross into Laos tomorrow.

I must admit that I’m a little apprehensive about the Chinese/Laos border crossing. I don’t have a Laos visa. It’s a visa on entry, I think! Hopefully, I’ve done my homework properly and got this right. I also seem to remember that this is the only visa-on-entry crossing between China and Laos. If I haven’t got this right, and it’s not visa on entry, or this isn’t the border I think it is, I’ll be stuck between China and Laos in no man’s land, not allowed to enter Laos or go back to China. My Chinese visa was a single entry only.

A river with trees and mountains in the background
A rare flat piece of road as I crossed this river. It didn’t last long
It’s A Miracle

Today’s the first day in months, or even years, for that matter, that my legs haven’t ached. They don’t hurt when cycling; that’s fine. It’s when I walk. I’ve been struggling to walk for a long time now and have been for several tests. But nothing has ever been found. But today, they felt good. It was nice to walk around comfortably and not in pain. Perhaps after nearly 4500 miles and all these mountains, I’m cured. Who cares whether it’s the mountains or miles? It was just good to go for a walk last night and not be in pain.

I had a puncture today, my second one since leaving home, which is pretty impressive considering how many miles I’ve cycled.

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