This was a busy first day off for the National holiday week. I started early morning (6:30am) cycling with the Beijing Road Cyclist Group heading out North to Mang Shan. Of course I was riding my fixed gear – my blue Corima. We started out with at least 12 riders riding from the city meeting point. We were only 2 female riders. Unfortunately the other woman crashed into a motorized transportation tricycle coming fast in the wrong direction on our cycling path after about 15km when we were still cycling through urban traffic chaos.
At a certain point there was only 7 of of us left. Our group leader Tom had to turn back early and we all agreed not going all the way to Mang Shan. So we only did a small climb and turned back.
On the way back we saw the corn being dried on the side of streets as well as some road side vendors.
The corn lying around everywhere to dry is very typical for villages. But I seldom see people lying on the corn on the side of a 4 lane road.
Even on the way back we lost another 2 riders: One got a flat tire, the other was just out of sight behind us. It was a short 77km round trip ride from Upper East Side, which means it was about a 90km ride for me. It was a lot of fun. Click here for more pictures.
But that was not all that day. In the early evening I went climbing in the Ritan Park. Many of our friends were there and I climbed about 3 routes. After that I went for about 3.5 hours of Juggling Group. Even though I did not juggle that much. I rather balanced on the rola bola and did some acrobatics. Laura brought her parents whos birthday it was the next and following day. So Laura also brough us her self made vegan chocolate cake. Wow, that was delicious! That made it even harder for me to cycle all the way back home from Club Obiwan on the west shore of Xihai lake.