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Tour de China – Day 3

Location: Nanyang, Henan, China (32.97667°N, 112.49300°E)

Mile: 256

Rain. I can deal with rain. It doesn’t mean anything but sopping shoes to me. Thankfully, it stopped raining by the time we left at 7am. However, the roads were quite muddy. (Remember the chickens in the potholes?) By the time we made it to a section of road that was clean, I was so muddy I looked like the creature from the black lagoon…riding a bike from the black lagoon.

While I was drying out, we passed through an army base. I’m not sure if I was supposed to be there or not. The 70+ soldiers marching with automatic rifles certainly looked formidable. But we went past with nothing more than a few looks from them while their drill sergeant barked on.


After getting on the highway, we were in the land of corn. Fields and fields of corn, probably not unlike parts of Midwest USA. One difference was that farmers were drying the corn on the margins and lanes of the highway. For miles at a time, the four lane highway became two lanes as corn in all states were drying. Some farmers were busy shucking the corn. Others pulling the kernels off the dried cobs. Others spreading the kernels along the roadside.

Thankfully, there was no rain for the rest of the day. But there was a good wind blowing in our faces, slowing us down and making the going much more cumbersome. At times, we couldn’t see more than a mile ahead of us with all the dust blowing.

All of us were pretty tired by the time we pulled into Nanyang. The guest house had a lukewarm shower, certainly a welcome sight.

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