Today is an off day – Traveling from Fuling to Zhongzou District by bus (3 hours)
Ni Hao! It’s only 11:20 am Monday morning and already it’s been an interesting day. We are in the midst of a 3 hour, 4 bus convoy to our next destination city and to say it’s been a “long windy road” would be an understatement (beep beep).
We are in an extremely rural area filled (beep beep beep) with rice fields. We seem to be winding up and down hills on a two-lane road that can suddenly become four to six lanes depending upon the number of vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians that all converge upon one point. Then (beeeeeep) throw in the random delivery truck that decides “here” is a good place to stop and you’ve got bedlam.
The (beep) general rule of thumb here is “it’ll all work out if you just HONK YOUR HORN!” As New Zealand’s coach Sean said, “I reckon we are about 4,000 or so honks from the next hotel.” He may be a few honks short…
We just stopped to stretch our legs about half way there and the Kiwi’s pulled out the Cricket bat & ball for a little “across the highway game.” They are a fun bunch to be around.
-Within the past 10 miles we’ve passed (beep beep) one small village and some scattered farms but interestingly 4 basketball courts alongside the (beep) road (beep). I’m not talking about a hoop on someone’s house but a full court cement slab with (beep beep beep beep) two backboards and painted lines. So, who’s playing there?
-They allow smoking in the arena during games and it bothers me and Ryan so I’m assuming it’s bothering the players as well. I’ve noticed a couple Aussie players have inhalers for asthma so it can’t be comfortable for them.
-Sort of a “East meets West” thing, we are seeing several Rice Paddies with workers who are leading an Ox through the 4 inch deep water while pulling a plow and then we come upon a very small village with a China Mobile cell phone store. Another man was carrying a stick with two baskets, one on either end full of vegetables, over his shoulders while talking on his cell phone.
-I know, no beeps eh? Peace and quiet for a few seconds anyway.
-I wish (beep beep) I was video (beep) taping (beep) this, we are riding along a stretch of road with bricks and bamboo poles and (beep) logs scattered along each side in piles so we are weaving our way and then, BEEEEEEEP!!!, 8 huge cows tied to a log standing in our lane.
Well, we made it, dizzy and our ears are ringing but we’re here and happy to be playing ball.
Talisa Rhea has been writing a blog for the Seattle University website. It’s very interesting and you can access it here. Watch out for the fish eye fries, Talisa!