Yesterday we started our day at 7:00am trying get a fresh start and attack the hills. These past few days have been testing our strength in our legs with continuous climbs throughout the entire day. The first 10 km were downhill which was a nice feeling with the cool mountain breeze; however, when we finished our descend we realized that we were no longer on the 312 highway....we were on the expressway which is forbidden for cyclists...Ho young and I decided to go through the toll and try to go along the expressway until we reached the next exit to get back onto the 312 highway; however, in a matter of minutes the police were on our tails and it is difficult to engage into a hot pursuit when you are riding a bicycle! The police officers told us we needed to get off the highway and we tried pretending we didn't understand by responding "tingbudong", but it was obvious regardless of any language barrier that we had to go back...In the end that beautiful 10 km descend wasn't so spectacular anymore and uphill we went to get back on track....
The day was filled with highs and lows....Unfortunately we came across a man that was killed by a large truck with a family grieving by his side. We took the time to stop and digest the events that transpired and our thoughts were with the family the entire day. There are no speed limits posted in the small communities and trucks are going way too fast through these small cities. This is a problem that needs to be addressed to ensure the safety of the people. We were reluctant to handout equipment along the highway because it is too dangerous for the children to play. We live in a dangerous world and hopefully we can take some action to prevent these accidents such as the one we witnessed today from taking place.
We were working hard moving through the mountains and we were working together to get to our destination of Shang Luo. We managed to complete 50 km in three hours which is pretty good consdering we are moving uphill and we are pulling a lot of weight.
I am writing from a town called Heilongkou and we just refilled the trailer at the China Post. We are 90 km away from Xi An and we have been loving the riding through the Shanxi province for the past few days. Xi an get the popcorn ready because here we come!