Day 223. 65km. Litang – Service Area

Posted: December 21, 2015 in China, Cycling
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Many towns in the mountains in Sichuan are huge construction sites. Everything, but everything is being built new. The heavy trucks driving around results in all the roads being a quagmire. I have seen it over and over. China is rebuilding itself. A big leap forward.

Mudbath Litang

Mudbath Litang

In my search for dumplings for breakfast, I saw Litang in all its muddy glory. The main road was nearly impossible to traverse – even just pushing the bike. But, once I left the town, the road was pristine.

Mud bath in Litang

Mud bath in Litang

Today was always a bit uncertain. It was 40km to a town, then 80km of nothing, climbing 1000m to the high plains. The 40km town was not far enough, so I proceeded up, planning to camp somewhere. It was lovely and sunny, and the road smooth. Progress was slow due to the sizable headwind, and I called it a day at a little service area where they offered me an empty room.

Hore racing

Hore racing

On the way up

On the way up

My humble abode

My humble abode

Comments
  1. Looks a mess; bad scenes on the news this week in Shenzhen with mud slides and 30 buildings destroyed.

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    I sometimes wonder if they are building too fast without a care to quality, a race like musical chairs. What are the long term costs? After decades of deprivation, it is a feast for the hungry.

  3. giannis says:

    Seeing this funny ‘hore-racing’ thing again i yield to the temptation to write this, and please Matt delete this comment if you don’t like it — They were close to write ‘whore racing’ or riding. In a monastery town, this might be called translation dyslexia. :LOL:

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