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A Dream Like Picturesque Landscape Painting

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,

VB, Victoria Bitter. Chemically enhanced and brewed beer. After seven and a half years, it’s still as bad as I remembered. Thank gawd The Alley Bar had a handful of cold Coopers Ale to wash it down.

Huge unplanned ride yesterday so today I’m resting up with woozy legs. I spent a hand full of hours riding around the Moon Hill area with friends who then wanted to check out Dragon Bridge and spend the rest of the afternoon there swimming. After checking my busy schedule I found that as usual, I had no plans so I was more than happy to keep peddling.

Especially through fields along the tiny trail to such a beautiful destination!

Once we arrived at Dragon Bridge we sat on the river side eating BBQ corn cobs and chatting while waving to the bamboo rafters as they slowly passed by. After an hour or so I decided to put foot to peddle once more, explore more of the Dragon Bridge area and for some reason headed towards the Guilin to Yangshuo main road. As my time here in Yangshuo is coming to an end, after a quick look at my map I decided to allow the days adventure to continue and pointed my sandals towards ancient Yangdi Village which took another few hours in the saddle.

Half of the ride was along the main road eating the dust from speeding trucks and tour buses but once left the main road the rest of the journey was peaceful and once again I found myself riding through more of Yangshuo’s dramatic scenery. After an entire month of riding I found that my body was beginning to complain and my energy levels depleted dramatically and on more than one occasion I almost stopped several buses returning to Yangshuo. Thankfully I didn’t as when I arrived at the final leg of the journey to Yangdi I was left breathless not only from the ride but also from the sheer beauty of the Yangdi area that lay below me at the end of what was to be my final decent.

After a short rest at the top I then sped winding my way downwards for the next five minutes and once I reached the Li River I threw the peddles on a bamboo raft and took what was supposed to be an hour’s journey back to XingPing Village.

Due to the Water Police speeding up and down the river, my Raft Guy (un-licensed) and I along with two other rafts found an off shoot and spent the next hour swimming. I arrived at XingPing an hour late just as the sun was beginning to yawn and as I still had thirty kilometers to go. I began peddling like a maniac and after mother nature threw her blanket of darkness upon us I had to walk my bike the last third as it was a rural area, there were no street lights and mostly on-coming traffic which of course not only blinded me but also scared the besheezus out of me.

More than a tad scary wondering when I was going to get side swiped and squished by a passing truck or tour bus. I finally made it back to Yangshuo around ten and as I had already had a month’s protein fix from the millions of bugs that not only covered me but ended up eating I grabbed a couple of cold beers, some 'two minute’ noodles and wobbled back to my room on legs that somehow made the last five minutes journey and four flights of stairs.

After a shower and a one cold beer the noodles ended up becoming breakfast. I lay back, turned on the TV and woke the next this morning body sore.

<u>Now For a Bit on Yangdi Village</u>

Yangdi Village is located on the west bank of Li River, around fifty kilometers from Guilin. Behind the village is a hill consisting two peaks, which (to the Chinese) look like two sheep hoofs (yang ti in Chinese) hanging upside down, hence the name Yangdi Village as it sounds like yangti. Legend has it that a daughter of the Jade Emperor (leader of all gods in Chinese legend) came to Yangdi Village to look for her pet goat. The pretty fairy girl was deeply attracted by the melodious flute played by a young man standing in the moonlight so she decided to never return to heaven. Her pet sheep then turned into part of the landscape with two of its hoofs being seen in the shape of two peaks.

Dense green bamboo along with the small villages found beneath the elegant karst peaks that line the Li River all form the dream like picturesque landscape painting that was part of my reality this day!

Beers N Noodles toya…..shane ___________________________________________________________

The soundtrack to this entry was by Black Sabbath The album was &#8216;The Ozzy Years’ ____________________________________________________________

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Posted by eddakath 17:00 Archived in China

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