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I dropped 1000m today to a warm, sunny place. Kids were swimming in the river. People were drinking beer on terraces on the river shore in the town. Today I just felt tired. My friend the headwind was back, and this evening I was informed there’s 100km of roadworks ahead. Tired.

Tibetan village

Tibetan village

I need to cycle 100km each day to get to Shangri La in time to extend my Chinese visa. There are other solutions, but, it would be good to get there in time by bike. 100km is fine in usual conditions. The Tibetan Plateau is good at throwing up non-normal conditions. This is all making me tired.

The valley was beautiful. Here are some photos.

Tibetan tourist village

Tibetan tourist village

The river

The river

Tibetan bridge

Tibetan bridge


The world is a different place in the sun. The yurt filled valley was beautiful, bordered by low rolling hills, a wide meandering river in its centre. Then, over a small pass, and I find myself cycling down through a green, forested valley, sun and wind at my back.

The plains in the sun

The plains in the sun

It was many hours on the bike, trying to get through some kilometres (in an attempt to get to Shangri La to extend my visa). Beautiful views. Here are some photos.

Waiting for the dumplings

Waiting for the dumplings

The high plains

The high plains

The watershed

The watershed

The watershed

The watershed

The river going down

The river going down