Driving to DaTong
I finally mapped out the route we drove to DaTong. In some ways things are very much the same driving in China. The freeways look similar, three lines divided down the middle. There are trucks, just like in the US. They have the same annoying action of passing on hills, one truck going 5 kilometers and hour and the one passing going 6. But... the trucks seem to be bigger and way more heavily loaded in China. Most cars and trucks don't have the driving habit of getting out of the left lane if there are cars faster approaching from behind. And there all kinds of unexpected driving circumstances.
A truck down the right hand shoulder on the freeway the wrong direction with his blinkers flashing.
A barricade blocking the freeway requiring you to exit with no warning 50 meters before you even see the barricade, causing you to slam on your breaks and pull in through a weigh/gas station.