Everyday we are pulling weight and battling heat to get to our next destination; however, the elements of nature will never break our spirit and ultimate goal. We are stronger and inspired more than ever because of the great people we have met along the way and the support we are receiving from our friends and family. We have a power surge, here we go baby!
Our original plan was to stop in Lishui, but after reading a comment from one of my students "Violet" it inspired Ho Young and I to keep pushing forward. All the support we have been receiving has given us so much strength and motivation. Ho Young has been amazing and has never showed a moment of weakness. However, at times I am sure he is thinking "here goes Hayes again planning an extended 30 km night ride". However, the "Korean Express" has been displaying his inner power and is a natural when it comes to interacting with the people of China. If it wasn't for him people would think that "Big foot" is invading their local community and I wouldn't have a clue of how to use my new I pad....
We are now in Anhui Province in a town called Danyang. Today we rode 134 km and Decathlon will be meeting us in Hefei to reload the trailer. We have been stopping in communities away from the highway and many of the locals have never seen foreigners before. It is pretty nice to stop by and make a contribution and everybody who has contributed to this cause has put a smile on the faces of many children, youth and adults. Jiayou baby!
Ho Young playing soccer with the next Messi.