Posts Tagged ‘Shadui’


Yak butter. The valley smells of yak butter. From every village, from every temple. I pass monks entering the temples – the yak-butter centres. Monks pass me buzzing along on their motor scooters while looking at their phone. I watch the monks circle around the temple perched on the top of the hill in Xinlong. Yak butter.

The cat looks on

The cat looks on

I left early this morning, with the thought of cycling the whole valley to the base of the massive pass in one day – 150km. The road was good, but up and down and up and down – rising above the river, only to drop down at the next corner. The headwind slowed things down, so I accepted it. I’ll take this valley in two days as originally planned.

Village

Village

The monk and his soul mate

The monk and his soul mate

Xinlong

Xinlong

Temple in Xinlong

Temple in Xinlong

Day 219. 107km. Luhou – Shadui

Posted: December 17, 2015 in China, Cycling
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‘Where are you going?’ It was the police in the village I wanted to sleep. There was no room for travellers, and the nearest hotel was back where I had come from. I feared the worst, but the police helped me find a place to stay – in an empty room in the local school. Thank you police!

The weather border

The weather border

Today was about scaling the last pass before Ganzi. I did it in beautiful weather conditions – every minute it changed from bright sun to the darkest clouds. Oh, and with a constant headwind.

The high pass

The high pass

At the top of the pass

At the top of the pass

At the pass

At the pass

The weather border

The weather border

I continued down the road southwards in the evening to get some kilometres done in the evening light. In my haste, I missed passing 19000km. No photos of that yet.. Tomorrow down the river valley that has been recommended to me by different people.