This day was listed as a big drive of just over 500 kms. However on the evening before, as he was leading, Ian discovered that it was 770 kms. This called for a new game plan. Instead of planning to visit the Confucius temple in the afternoon it would be too late on arrival, we would start Saturday with the Confucius temple and Mansion.
The day was uneventful except for a 2 hour delay on the motorway. This was about lunchtime and was caused, we think, by a truck jack-knifing. Regardless of why, we set up our stools and ate lunch behind our cars. After lunch some work was done on the cars that needed it while others rested, read etc. The cars were stopped on a bridge overlooking the river…not quite the scenic spot we would have chosen but it had the elements!
We arrived at Qufu about 7.00pm which was good considering the length of the driving and delays. A celebration birthday dinner for Pat was had at a local restaurant.
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