Yesterday we said goodbye to the province of Anhui and now we have entered Henan. We cycled 115 km to get here and we experienced a little bit of thunder and lightning along the way. Lighting struck a tree that was 30 feet away from us, which was pretty intense at that given moment...
The tranquility and beauty of the country side has been outstanding. As well, the people have shown us great hospitality offering us watermelon and drinks once we take a rest. These peaceful settings and the genuine interest from the people has made the ride very enjoyable.
We have now cycled over 800 km and now when we look at a map we are getting further and further from our starting point of Shanghai. Our day begins at 7:00am and doesn't finish until 10:00pm. We make several stops to hand out equipment and we teach children basic rules and technique of sport over that time.
Yesterday we made one stop that stood out from the rest. We gave a group of three children a soccer ball and frisbee, but the Grandma was not pleased about the idea of them playing because they were suppose to be doing their chores. She ended up chasing them around the front yard with a stick trying to get them to give back the equipment; however, we were on the children's side, so we decided to take off on our bikes which gave them no opportunity to give back the equipment.
We are now getting closer to Xian and today we have a 155 km ride ahead of us. I am going to go wake up sleeping beauty and get our day started. Bye for now.