Week 4: Stats

From departure in Shanghai.

Kilometers: 1540

Provinces crossed: 5 (Shanghai, Jiangsu, Anhui, Henan, Shaanxi)

Punctures: 5 (Oli, on indestructible Schwalbe Marathon tyres: 5, Matthieu, on very destructible Chinese tyres: 0)

Days of rain: 2 (one on-road, one off-road, both pretty miserable)

Team Road of Smiles blending in with their environment at Longmen Caves

Team Road of Smiles blending in with their environment at Longmen Caves

Power stations: 28 (including 20 in Henan province)

Sell prime location house, easy access to electricity (and toxic fumes)

Sell prime location house, easy access to electricity (and toxic fumes)

Coal mines: 13

This was actually a bright sunny day.

This was actually a bright sunny day.

Henan is a place of coal mines, power stations and... beehives. Not sure it is a winning combination.

Henan is a place of coal mines, power stations and… beehives. Not sure it is a winning combination.

Restaurants that only serve noodle soup at lunch: 5 (out of the 5 we stopped by between Zhengzhou and Xi’an)

No animals were harmed in the making of this soup. By the taste of it, we'd say the sheep died of old age.

No animals were harmed in the making of this mutton soup. By the taste of it, we’d say the sheep died of old age.

Terracotta warriors: 8000

More than 2,000 soldiers have already been re-assembled since the discovery of the site in 1974

More than 2,000 soldiers have already been re-assembled since the discovery of the site in 1974

Songs on the playlist at the SPR cafe in Luoyang (the one cafe that has Wifi in the whole city): ONLY ONE . Quite catchy… But for 3 hours, really?

Solutions for a better civilization: 1

One more step makes better civilization, but one step beyond would be madness

One more step makes better civilization, but one step beyond would be madness

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