Cycling from Nanning to Vietnam, day 2
Suyu to Chongzuo in south Guangxi
My second day cycling from Nanning to Vietnam turned out to be much
easier than the first day. Now that I was on the G322, I decided simply to
continue this way.
Cycling from Nanning to Vietnam on the G322
in the early morning just outside Suyu town center
Day 2 started with a good noodle soup breakfast in Suyu town. Without much
regret I said goodbye to the town where the food had been good, the hotel
extremely useful and the people friendly. But there was little that kept me
there longer than absolute necessary.
The main road seems to go left but the board says Pingxiang straight...
so I went straight
I left the town and soon I saw what was the case. The G322 merged with the
new G322. This new road went apparently to the airport, only about 18km away.
Why I had not been able to continue on this road when I was at the airport was
unclear. Maybe the road was not completed, I had no idea.
Slow rolling hills and karst mountains about 40 km from Suyu
The road surface was not very good, mostly broken asphalt and potholes but it
was fine cycling.
There was hardly any traffic except a local truck or tractor. My destination
for the day was Chongzuo, an expected 115 km. By now the rain and cold weather
had completely disappeared except for the chilly mornings.
I progressed quickly with tailwind. It was 75 km to Banli where I would have to
take the junction (S213) to Chongzuo. Danli town is located a bit further on the
G322, so I didn't even see it. This is primarily because I had food and enough
water with me so I didn't have to get in the village. And Chongzuo was only 35
But this was a beautiful road! On the south side of the road there were long
rows of karst limestone mountain ranges. On the north side long rolling hills.
It was a spectacular sight.
The S213 to Chongzuo
This scenery continued for several kilometers. But by the time I arrived in
Jiangzhou I had left the karst behind me. I passed a section of a new build
Cycling from Nanning to Suyu and now to Chongzuo,
here is Jim on the S213
It would take another 10 km before I arrived in Chongzuo but I had first to
pass the highway that connects Nanning with the Vietnamese border. This part
cycling from Nanning to Chongzuo had been easy and I was looking for a nice
hotel to have a good shower and a cup of coffee.
The S213 with the karst on the south side
As it turned out, I first had to pass a whole new town of Chongzuo, which was
surreal. It was full of brand new and huge buildings but there were no people.
Finally I saw a hotel but I couldn't believe this was the town. I gave it
another change and cycled to the far end of the road. Here the road swindled
slightly up and finally I saw what I was looking for: the city center of
Chongzuo. Here it was busier, I passed the bus station and checked in at one of
the many hotels in this area.
Chongzuo, all those cities look the same ...
"This hotel is very basic", I was told. "You pay Y50". And so I did. I didn't
care if it was basic, as long as there was a clean room with a bed and a hot
shower. I got a very decent and very big room with TV and hot shower. I had been
cycling from Nanning to Chongzuo and it had been a great day.
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