The backroads of Eastern China were waiting and we were back in Gubeikou after four great days in Beijing.
Beijing had proven to be a real surprise for us as we expected a busy and a city filled with modern houses and it was actually quite a cosy place. We left Mojo and Isaba in Gubeikou as we didn’t feel like cycling into Beijing and due to visa constraints as always we could better use the cycling days later, so we opted for local transport which was nice as well. As we normally ride our bicycles we don’t see how the local transport system works and this gave us a chance, first with a small local bus and then a bigger bus 3 hours and we were in the dead center of Beijing.
Our new beasts on two wheels had a good spin on the flat and straight roads from Merida to Campeche, but it was time to hit the mountains again. Away from the heat and finding cool air and a different landscape. But, before we'd be puffing and sweating our way 3000 meter up, we'd stopped to visit mysterious Palenque.
Over de noordkant is het een makkie. Vanuit het zuiden wat pittiger. Even uitkijken, het rode fietsasfalt loopt, alsof dat de gewoonste zaak van de wereld is, schuin de straatweg over en ze rijden daar hard, de auto’s dus; enfin, vanuit het zuiden dus oversteken en dan tref je even later wat je met wat goede wil een klim kunt noemen.