8,999 km so far.
We were planning to head into Xinglong today, a town about 20 km from the surf shack. The town is the centre of coffee growing on Hainan, and also has hot springs and hot spring hotels.
Yesterday, Boris told us that the town has lots of little cafes where you can sit and watch the world go by, enjoying the local roast, which sounded ideal.
The weather was not cooperating though. It started to rain just as I was finishing meditating on the beach. We decided it wasn’t worth it to go to Xinglong, where a hotel would cost us at least three times what we’re paying at the surf shack, and the weather wouldn’t be conducive to sitting in the pools.
Plus, it was my turn to feel under the weather. When I went to bed last night I could feel something coming on and when I woke up today I was sure I had some sort of bug. As the day went on I felt progressively worse.
Don’t eat left-over food that you didn’t refrigerate. We should add that to Jane’s Huffington Post blog.
There are a few signs that our one year anniversary of being on the road is just around the corner. Our travel insurance is due for renewal, the 40 Day Challenge (which Jane and I led last year just before we left) has started again at Urth Yoga, and it is time for me to take care of our 2013 taxes.
With the weather mirroring how I felt, today was the perfect day to sit down in the surf shack and do the bulk of our tax work.
I had to do a bunch of number crunching, filling in forms for our accountant back home, and general boring compiling of data. Without the distractions of surfing, sunbathing, or riding my bike I was able to take care of almost everything we need to do.
The only thing that held me back was the internet. It is finicky at best here but, of course, on a rainy day more people than usual are under cover, and online. This meant I spent a lot of time staring at the computer screen waiting for it to reconnect. This is one of the problems of using Google Docs spreadsheet instead of Excel, but since Google is free I suppose it’s worth the extra patience.
Tomorrow we head inland, which means lots of hill climbing. It will definitely be a challenge after all the flat riding we’ve been doing, but will hopefully reward us with some beautiful views. ♥