Garry McGivern Travelsonabike2 is cycle touring in China on Tuesday, 9th-October-2012. Korgas to the top of some mountain range! 78 miles. Because I’ve lost two hours now I’m in China it doesn’t get light until well gone eight o’clock now. I didn’t leave the hotel until after 8, and it wasn’t light then. Think the people at the hotel thought I was mad wearing shorts. It was a bit cold to start with. But once the sun had come up, it was really warm.
Spent nearly all day going uphill, just like the last time I was here! Been riding for over 10 hours today and still haven’t managed my 80 miles! Lovely ride despite the going uphill part! Very scenic, with snow-covered mountains and a huge lake at the top. Hope my pictures do it justice!
Started to descend at the end of the day and saw a sign saying maybe a town was 20 miles away. But it was just too cold to go flying down the mountain at this late stage of the day without putting on loads more layers. It might not be a town, either. I can’t read Chinese. My maps on such a large scale it only show’s a few of the bigger towns. It might not have a hotel, even if it is a town. And then I’d be looking for somewhere to camp in the dark, which is never good. So, all in all decided to stop at the top here and just put all my layers on and then keep them on for going downhill tomorrow.
Don’t forget the main reason behind my ride. I want to raise as much money for cancer research charities as possible. After my wife, Josie, died of breast cancer in 2007, aged only 42. Even the smallest donation helps. You can donate to Cancer Research UK or the Australian National Breast Cancer Foundation. Click on either one to donate. Every little bit helps to rid the world of this cruel disease.
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