All the seasons in one day.
Short blog today as I have to checkout of my hotel and get on the road.
After a good sleep in Yongdeng I hit the road at 8:15. I made a quick pit stop at the nearby petrol station and picked up some snacks for the day. The girl who served me told me that today's weather was going to be very good.
The morning went by pretty quickly as I covered 50km in quick time. Throughout the morning ride there were spectacular views of snow capped mountains to the West. Unfortunately visibility wasn’t that great and hence it wasn’t easy to get a clear shot of them. I took time to admire them over a lunch which consisted of an assortment of fruit, nuts and raisins. As I was sitting down enjoying this feast I was amazed to see snow flakes fall on the screen of my phone. Within the space of a few minutes a small snow storm was passing through and I hurriedly tried to get everything back into the handlebar bag while looking for my jacket. What was the weather forecast of that girl again?
Road signs now also written in Tibetan
A feast fit for a king
You can just about make out the snow!
It did make me realize that what with the ever changing weather in this region I’m in desperate need of some new gloves. I have a pair of lycra gloves which I wear under my cycling gloves but they just simply aren’t doing the job. Never fear though this is China where everything can be purchased anywhere and everywhere. It wasn’t long before I found a shop selling everything under the sun and was soon the proud owner of a pair of blue and grey woolen gloves to warm my fingers and all for 50 pence.
The ride after lunch was anything but easy and flutterings of snow continued to fall while the wind also decided to play its part and pick up. I'd only ridden a mere 20km after lunch and made little progress into the wind and uphill, I was beginning to tire. I was in serious need of something to lift my spirits.
What turned out to be the final small climb of the day.
That's more like it.
Just after 100km I got my first puncture for a while as a shard of glass made it’s way neatly into and through my back tire. The roads in China do seem to be littered with glass and sometimes you see it too late.
I spent the night at my first truck stop of the trip. The owner was a very friendly chap who’d obviously seen a number of cyclists come through. I was also able to refuel on my favourite Chinese dish of宫保鸡丁 Gong Bao Ji Ding or Kungpao chicken which I wolfed down. The room was sparse but the bed was comfy and more importantly it came with an electric blanket which ensured a very good nights sleep.