Day 8: Touring China by Bicycle,
Today we Cycle from Zhongshan to Yangshou
(A Resort in the Heart of Artistic Mountains).
I said Good Morning from the roadside; she turned and gave me the biggest smile ever.
Very fancy burial vaults, aka Happy Mounds.
Yangshou at night.
Day 8 Begins
Above Left: Early in the morning, we look outside to see some Tai Chee groups in mid-form.
Above Right: A couple of new things: One, there is a new kind of pumpkin pastry that is chewy and heavenly (at the bottom of the image, on the plate). Two, Dennis bought a Nescafe Instant Coffee Box with 20 packets of Instant Coffee and shared it with the gang. About a dozen people took up the offer. The coffee was completely gone by the time that the picture was taken but there is an empty packet on the table. It was a heavenly experience. The items on the left side of the table are a rice pastries, often with different little sweet things on the inside and they are always gone by the end of breakfast.
Above Left: We bus through a construction area and then get ready to ride, next to a small market. How convenient.
Above Right: We're bicycle touring! We pass a few people taking their cows to the field. Cows are locked up at night along with all other valuable possessions.
Above Left: We're going uphill and can out climb this truck loaded with persimmons - Mary is passing.
Above Right: View from a creek crossing.
Above Left: Artistic Mountain Views.
Above Right: Persimmon Tree.
Above Left: Mountain View.
Above Right: One of the mountain tops looks like a rice stalk stack.
Above Left: We have the road and marker to ourselves.
Above Right: Pastoral View.
Above Left: Roadside Persimmon Stand.
Above Right: Terraced Rice Paddies and other plants.
Above Left: Grandfather and Grandson out on an adventure; Terry is on the left side.
Above Right: It is difficult to tell but I vaguely recall that this may be Mandarin Oranges (but we are in persimmon country).
Above Left: Roadside Kilometer and Road Name Marker.
Above Right: Saw Mill, Barking a Tree. Good Morning!
Above Left: Terraced Paddies.
Above Right: Mom and young child, in a front-loader, on the go.
Above Left: Rotor-tilling a paddy.
Above Right: Rice stalks, waiting for harvest.
Above Left: Loading up Rice Stalks.
Above Right: A co-op, perhaps all related, helping with the harvest.
Above Left: Load Spill, Rice.
Above Right: Grandparent and Grandchild going to the Village (ahead).
Above Left: Common Bicycle Tattoo.
Above Right: Cotton.
Above Left: Mellon.
Above Right: A smoker passes by; there actually were only a few black smoke vehicles in total for the entire trip.
Above Left: A Grandmother and grandchild on a back-loader with a bicycle.
Above Right: Old Chinese construction style.
Above Left: Happy Mounds (burial for uppercrust Chinese in this case).
Above Right: Plenty of new house construction.
Above Left: Rickie.
Above Right: Nice new home, notice the symbolic gourd.
Above Left: Nice view.
Above Right: New construction.
Above Left: Old Bridge.
Above Right: Incense Maker.
Above Left: White Wash construction cover.
Above Right: Rice Stalk Bunches.
Above: Terry is entertaining grade school boys.
Above Left: Toll Gate, bicyclists to the far right.
Above Right: Persimmon Drying Racks.
Above Left: Dennis' picture of Terry at the Persimmon Drying Racks.
Above Right: Terry's Picture of the Persimmon Drying Racks.
Above Left: Ancient Artistic Mountain.
Above Right: Terry Struck bicycle touring in China.
Above Left: Bees. They had a dog next to the hive and it barked at me.
About Dogs: There were plenty of dogs in China. Every dog that we saw was 25 pounds or less, no big dogs, no mean dogs. The Chinese people just will not put up with a mean dog, period. And they will not tolerate being chased by a dog. Dogs are trained early not to interfere with people. I don't know how but I never saw a Chinese person make an unkind act to an animal. I did see on several occasions, little kids be disciplined on the spot for some transgression - they get swatted on the behind, and in every case it was a two or three year old. No public disciplining after age three.
This was the one and only time that I heard a dog bark during the entire China Tour. Furthermore, none of the cyclists were ever chased by a dog for the entire tour and that has never happened to any of us before.
Above Right: Valley view.
Above Left: Mountain skyline.
Above Right: Mary and others crossing a bridge.
Above Left: Bridge River View.
Above Right: Washing clothes in the river.
Above Left: Village, time for lunch.
Above Right: Parking the bikes in a side street for lunch.
Above Left: We all get little stools about 9 inches above the ground. Lots of High Knees (listen to yourself say that quickly in English - wink).
The gang (L-R): Regina, Jon, Sam, Mark, Sharon, Mary, Reg, Linda, Lynn, Siobhán, Chrissy, Terry, my empty chair (Dennis).
Above Right: Terry and Dennis Struck in the foreground.
Above Left: A mommy holding an IV drip stick for her child. I took the picture not realizing that we were in front of a community clinic.
Above Right: The Shades of Pink Sisters (L-R: Sharon, Chrissy, Iris, and Inga).
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Above Left: Main River through Yangshou; tour Boats, private resort boats, work boats, and fishing boats.
Above Right: Gathering for a history briefing and then a ride through a busy tunnel.
Above Left: Wayne plays concierge; we all check in.
Above Right: A walk through the town (nearly full moon).
Above Left: Evening Dinner Out.
Above Right: A liberal restaurant displays a picture of the Last Emperor and Mao.
Above: Resort town restaurants.
Above Left: We have ice-cream for desert.
Above Right: The town is lit up for night life and we find a nice reflecting pond; it is kind of pretty.