Cycling in the rain can be a nasty activity! It never takes long until the water finds its way past the rain jacket and pants. The vision is poor. Everything becomes muddy. If you pair up heavy rain with strong headwind you’ve got all the incrediants for a rather miserable day on the road!
Some days ago we experienced exactly such a day. Riding through the desert towards Lanzhou, rain and wind had teamed up against us. Beforehand we had many fantasies about riding through the desert – Rain was definitely not one of them!
But we were thought a valuable lesson on that day! Never judge the day before it’s actually over! Arriving in Yanchi, wet and tired, we were on the lookout for a cheap and dry place for the night. As we rolled by some stores a man and a large group of young lads in red overalls greeted us!
After a bit of laughing, gesturing, and trying to pronounce the Chinese word for Germany correctly we were invited inside for some hot tea. Very quickly they continued to offer us a hot pot of noodles. We couldn’t be any happier! After finishing up, the man, who apparently was the boss of this little company, escorted us to a small hotel. Happy to have found a warm shower and a dry place we thought the day was finally over…
But, wrong again! As we walked downstairs to get some snacks and a beer we met the company boss again, whose assistant asked us whether we could do his company a favour. Not quiet sure what to expect we were told that “the reason was propaganda”. Entering the business rooms of the little company we saw that the entire crew was still there, that the families had been called to have a look at the unusual guests, and that a local photographer had been hired.
Apperantly we were supposed to be featured in some marketing photos for the company’s products. As we agreed to our first jobs as models the fun began!
In some photos we accted as foreign experts, in others we were just requisites to give the company some international flair! The shooting included a good amount of laughing and everybody enjoyed themselves greatly!
Our salary consisted of a good amount of snacks, salad, meat, and beer! What a wonderful way to end this long day!