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Day 221. 78km. Xinlong – Junba

Posted: December 19, 2015 in China, Cycling
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Last night I didn’t sleep much. Next door there was a hard-rock club playing until the morning – in this monastery town. Then the road continued in the sun, up and down along this steep sided canyon. I’m at the base of a massive climb. Tomorrow will be an early start.

The valley

The valley

Prayer flags

Prayer flags

The valley

The valley


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