Our 1st full day of riding in China started on a beautiful, new highway. The mounded hills are just like those I’ve seen in documentaries about the area.
After we turned off the new road, we climbed and climbed, up to 4,510 ft, through tea plantation country. Precise rows of plants followed the contour of each hillside, each row perpendicular to grade.
The day was total pleasure until we were a few miles from our destination. A major road construction section was soupy mud. The left track of the “road” looked to be the best. I hugged the ledge just a bit too tightly and wound up dragging my foot peg on the mud wall. Down into the quagmire went my formerly dry left boot. With a tug from Larry, I again was vertical and we rolled into Pu Er.
For $2.50, we enjoyed pot stickers, another kind of dumpling, a beer and Coke. We took what the proprietor offered. Later, we saw the open refrigerator case with meats and vegetables and wished we had gone over their and pointed before we agreed to his suggestion. For dessert, this corn flavored and shaped ice cream bar was my choice – delicious.
Next door, the drug store had many packages of salves, pills, etc. In the back, where we are used to seeing the pharmacy department, many bins were found. There, the pharmacist mixes the prescribed compounds on the spot.
Our hotel room is lovely, but we know we’re not in Kansas anymore. The bed is hard as a rock. Since less than twenty sheets remained on the toilet paper roll, and no spare roll was to be found, we requested that one be brought to our room. We got the smallest roll of toilet paper that I’ve ever seen. I don’t even want to speculate what the Chinese use instead!
7-Jun Mengla to Pu Er China 151 miles
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