Mengcheng to Luyi

Today was really great – the weather was perfect (sunny and not too hot), and the roads were good. There was a 13km section of construction with very rough pavement and dirt, but the mountain bikers among us (myself included) enjoyed the extra challenge.

We saw a giant statue of Confucius that was pretty impressive.

Tonight we’re staying at a pretty nice hotel again. It’s kind of strange – these hotels look at a distance like a very nice four star hotel, but inside are actually a bit dirty and run down. It kind of seems like they were all built twenty years ago and have not been maintained. We are all pretty happy with them though! I’m sure there will be much worse later on.

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