D28: 杏花营农场 → 郑州 - A China Coddiwomple - CycleBlaze

July 1, 2022

D28: 杏花营农场 → 郑州

It's a very truck route sort of day. Then, when it stops being truck route, it starts being Development Zone. In short, the only reason I'm going this direction is because I need to get that new bottom bracket installed and, even if I had had it shipped to a small city, it's a crapshoot as to whether I'd get someone amazing like the Xidesheng in Changyuan or someone who merely appeared to know what they were doing like the initial Merida or the Trek.

Although I suspect that my dodgy stomach started with the other day's vegetable dishes, I also suspect that eating the previous night's leftover chicken livers and chicken sandwich for breakfast may be the reason I'm shitting my brains out come evening. Hard to say. In any case, my perpetual level of mild dehydration seems to have kept everything in as it's only once I glug down a full pitcher of ice water that the so-called floodgates open.

Highlights of the day include finally getting to meet Philipp face to face, a petrol station convenience store with a blood pressure monitor, and the first western food since Shijiazhuang.

Today's ride: 54 km (34 miles)
Total: 1,635 km (1,015 miles)

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