All The Tea In China


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.


Since the new highway took most of the traffic, we encountered very little.  Several dogs relaxed in the middle of this road less traveled and didn’t even move when we rode by.

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.


We had heard that bread was hard to find in China.  We may not see any for toasting at breakfast, but in a bakery, we found several varieties of delicious looking breads.


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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  1. Veloy Reynders says:

    Your food sounds and looks interesting. I can’t say it all looks inviting. You guys are brave. It is interesting to hear and see your first hand accounts of places I have only read about. Continued safe travel and God speed.

    Veloy and Bob

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