Pedaling from the Black Forest to the Yellow Sea
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Day 251 (China): Quan He - km marker 82 on G310 (almost there)

daily distance: 124km
total distance: 15,343km
riding time: 6-7h

It was an early out after the night with the farmhands and surprisingly little snoring. I had some wind from the front and some cold temps in the morning, but other than that things seemed to be OK. Body was better than yesterday. I took an early break after about 40km to do some updating so as to be reasonably current with the website and then moved on.

The rest of the day was riding through very mildly rolling terrain, where all sorts of things were sold among them trees and these guys …

And lots of other things …


And if someone thinks that I am loaded down, look here.


I crossed a ton of rivers and canals along the way. The going got rougher towards the end of the day. I was spent again, out of fuel and couldn’t go much further I felt. But on the other hand I feel confident that I can get to the coast tomorrow. See here why I feel this way.

The closer I get now the more images of the tour come back to me. Things like getting Easter Eggs early on while still in Germany or images of Greece where people helped me out when things weren’t the best that night.

I found a place to hunker down for the night … twice as much as last night, but what do you get to when you double next to nothing. It was a good place after all.


1 Antoinette { 12.01.08 at 11:55 am }

O its starting already! Those memories that will follow you long after your journey has ended. I still have regular flashbacks about my trip around Europe. This is where the journey actually begins and one really starts to enjoy the trip. Love those glimpses, cherries them, they are going te be around for a long time.

2 Ingrid Cloosterin { 12.01.08 at 2:36 pm }

WOW Markus! I remember we sat with you one summer during the WH BBQ and you told us about your journey … and now you are almost there! It seems a more than interesting story, where I am sure you have learned a lot about those around you but also about who you are! Congratulations to you. Keep up your strength and enjoy the feeling when you get to your final destination! Ingrid

3 Jen { 12.03.08 at 6:34 am }

This is amazing, Markus! I can’t believe you did it.

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