Friday, September 23, 2005

Day 21 - Shangfu to Tonggu

Start: Shangfu, Jiangxi province
End: Tonggu, Jiangxi province
Distance: 100km
Time: 7'25"
Avg: 13.5 k/h
Max: 46 k/h
Total: 1211 km
Total riding days: 13
Roadkill: My leg muscles.
Riding hours: 0900 - 1715

A day of two halves.
The first half - long, hard, steep climb up gravel road, followed by descent from first pass down terrible sand-and-rock road that was so bad that the descent was slower (around 6 k/h) than the climb (around 7 k/h), and the braking muscles in my hands were as tired as the pedalling ones in my legs.
Then another climb to the second pass, on mud and rock road. Very hard work. At least the weather is still cool.

Second half - down from the second pass, suddenly a perfect new tarmac road, freewheeling almost all the way to Tonggu, where I eat a very large bowl of aubergine and red peppers, with several top-ups of rice.

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