|Today was the all day bike ride in the countryside of Guangxi province. The scenery is spectacular, and the camera does not do it justice at all! We met our two guides (Farmer Tang and Joe) and left the hotel at 9:30am and got back at about 4ish. We rode for a little while on a normal path before heading off-road for about half a kilometre, through mud and water. Since the flooding, many of the paths have become treacherous! My achievement for today was to have three falls - one at 7:30 this morning at our hotel down some steps, the second in the mud in the muddy half a kilometre, and the final one after lunch.
Despite riding through mud and puddles, it was a heap of fun. I got so filthy it was fantastic not to care! We had to walk our bikes through a lot of it, but Scott just picked his up and carried it on his shoulder! Our tour leader was very impressed!
After riding for a couple of hours, we stopped at Moon Hill, where some of our group climbed up to see the views. We then headed to a Farmer Tang's house to have lunch (which is where I spectacularly fell backwards and bruised my butt!) before making the ride back to the hostel which was about an hour and a half. Yet, we had to ride through the city, which was terrible - it's difficult to imagine that you are so close to the mountains, yet in the city! But, after not so long, we were back in the quiet of the village and at our hostel.
So injury wise... we all seemed to cop something today! Ron got a cut to his leg, Skye hurt her shoulder helping me in my second potential fall (yes, I nearly had 4!), Scott did his arm trying to adjust my bike seat, and as I've said, I fell over three times today. All royally embarrassing mind you, and I have bruises and muscular injuires to show for it!
But, overall, the day was marvellous. To breathe the fresh air, and get out on bikes to experience the countryside of China was awesome. Tomorrow, we catch a bus for 4.5 hours to Longji Rice Terraces, where we will walk for 3-5 hours the next day.
We're going to have an early night tonight and hopefully get a good sleep for the final days of the tour.
This trip is going so fast, it's scary to think we've been gone for over 2 weeks already!
Miss you all, xoxo