A man in China tried to save some money by spending a month riding a bicycle home for the upcoming Chinese New Year festivities on January 28 only to find out he was heading in the wrong direction.
It was only when traffic police in Wuhu, Anhui province stopped him for riding his bike on the side of a highway that the unnamed man realized his mistake.
He told police on Friday that he was a migrant employee working in Rizhao, Shandong Province, who apparently had been biking home for the Spring Festival for the past month, reported Shanghaiist.
But it turns out that his home is located in Qiqihar, Heilongjiang Province, which is in the opposite direction, more than 1,200 miles north of Wuhu.
The man claimed he may have received the wrong directions when he initially started his trek, but didn’t think much of it during his over 300-mile bike ride south to Wuhu.
The Daily Mail reported that the man couldn’t read the signs and was counting on the help of strangers he passed along the way.
He had reportedly spent most of his savings, which was very little, in internet cafes, so he decided to ride a bike to visit his family over the holiday.
Officer Wang Shuan told China Radio International that police did not believe the man would be able to make it the Spring Festival on time.
After hearing of the man’s dilemma, the traffic officers and toll gate staff all came together to donate money so he could purchase a train ticket home.