and passed the first 1000 km!
Finally a break after cycling for 12 out of 13 days... But we have passed the first 1000 km!
On the last stretch of China we were cycling through some beautifull scenery on a small 1 lane paved roaded, when all of a sudden this road turned in to a 2 * 2 lane highway.... not on the map, not even in the planning phase. The road was deserted, but like everywhere in China, built the road, and "see how first".
There was some construction work still under way... notice the way the tarmac is being heated up by "firing" it up...
On the other side of the border in Vietnam, things are quite different. Borders remain an interesting phenomenon. Only 500 m away from China, cars are no longer on the road, people live on the street, and things are more cosy.
The weather was still so so, with a bit of rain here and there. Luckily you can find shelter everywhere, like in this supermarket, where the woman was selling the pig that was just slaugthered. Amazing that EVERY part of the pig is sold, and eaten!
A bit further we came trough a coal mine area, and you can imagine with a bit of rain, and on a mountain bike, the dirt was everywhere at the end of the day, and then I mean everywhere!