July 20th – 0km – Chengde
Day off today. We had lots to catch up on including sleep, left over work I had unrelated to the trip, and some debugging of the website.
The Mountain Resort
After sleeping in a bit in the morning though we decided to check out the local sites, most notably “The Mountain Resort,” built during the Qing Dynasty as a “getaway” for the emperor. It turned out to be a beautiful park with some very nice Chinese style architecture to admire while walking through. The entrance fee at 120RMB was a bit overpriced, but it was nice to just take it easy for a few hours.
The Logic of my Gas Gauge
In the morning I had also reported on the fuel gauge issue with the bike to CFMOTO. Our mechanic contact though gave me a weird response though, writing a text with a whole bunch of stats for the bike’s gas capacity and mileage. He followed up by saying that I shouldn’t worry about it and calculate the distance according to those stats. When I called later in the day to inquire further, he explained that even though the bike has a range of 300+km, it is designed to report empty after 150km as a warning to start looking for a gas station. Sounds a like a weird design decision to me, but we’l see…
The rest of the day was rest and catch up before our first really long ride the following day. Our next milestone destination is Dandong in Liaoning province. The city of Dandong is right on the border with North Korea so we thought it would be an interesting stop to try and look over the border. As long as no Korean border patrolmen can see my passport, I’m thinking I should be ok.
We also just heard that there are torrential rains coming down in that area and all the airports are closed. We’re really hoping that in the days leading up, things clear up a bit enough for us to gain clear passage!