Today I would reach Beijing, the ex-home of Mr Mao.
It was a plain and simple ride and I would be there before lunch.
48km from Beijing there is a police check point. I just slowed down, looked to see if anyone was interested in me (they were too intent on going through the buses and trucks with a fine tooth comb) and just kept on riding.
I was nervous about being stopped though as there are very VERY few motorcycles, but lots of bicycles, in Beijing (there are strict regulations for motorcycles in the city) and I am not sure how much interest they incur from the local police.
I'm now staying in a hostel approx 200 metres outside the 2nd ring road (in which motorbikes are not allowed) and doing fine. Total distance ridden is now 3,800kms.
My hostel is only a short walk from Tianamen Square.
..... and with the olympics coming up shortly there is constant renovation.