Today we started off the day with some "baozi" for breakfast and a very lovely lady kept them coming for us hungry boys. I believe between the two of us we ate twelve; however, we required sustenance because all day we would be hammering hills! We went up and down through the hills and we were surrounded by beautiful green fields and mountains..... The scenery between Xixia and Shang Nan has been the most beautiful we have seen throughout our travels....
When we take breaks we try to find a someone who sells watermelons to refuel. This family was ripping around the hills and was our watermelon support vehicle. It is too bad they won't be able to follow us all the way to the deep west! We could have put their kids through college!
We had a great day and we met so many wonderful families throughout the villages we traveled through. Our first stop was in a small town called "Yan" and we met some energetic children who were very excited about the prospect of receiving basketball and soccer balls. There were two children playing soccer who were relentless and never stopped to take a break. In the end the little girl proved to be the boss.
The best part of the day was stopping at an elementary school to meet the children who were receiving an English lesson when we arrived. The teacher was very kind and she allowed them to play for awhile and take a break from their school work. There was so much energy when we arrived and we attempted to contain the chaos of excitement from the children!
We stopped for lunch at a Muslim restaurant called "Wuchong" and the couple who owned the restaurant have never seen a foreigner before....so they were excited to have us. If you are traveling through this area, you need to make a pit stop at this place, the food was fantastic and they were great people.
We are really enjoying our travels through the northwest of China. We are really getting a good sense of the culture and it has been nice hearing the perspective of people about the adventure we have set out for ourselves. One gentlemen said that he admires that we are traveling under our own strength and that the people of China need to be more active in their daily routines....Active living is my passion and it has been something I have been trying to promote to my students since my arrival and it was nice to hear that even in rural China they can identify the benefits of living an active lifestyle.
Tomorrow is another day of going up and down through the hills. Our next destination is unknown, we are just go to ride until sunset....Jiayou!