Sunday, February 19, 2006

Day 170 - Cycling the Batang - Baiyu road (2)

Start: Camp, north of Moxi, Sichuan, China
End: Camp, 9 km north of Shama, half-way between Batang and Baiyu, Sichuan, China
Distance: 38km
Time: 5'59"
Avg: 6.3 k/h
Max: 22.6 k/h
Total: 9558 km
Total riding days: 110
Riding hours: 1010 - 1810

Pushed bike from camp through snow and ice 15.9 km to pass in 3 hours 28 minutes on the move, but 4 hours 50 mins after setting off. Too steep and slippery to ride, and sometimes too slippery to push. Pass estimate 4300 metres. Without a motorbike track to follow it would have been harder.

Tall forest with green-grey lichen. Snowy peaks all around. Snow flurries as I get close to the pass, which I worry will cover the motorbike track.

Then long, winding descent on the north side, through dry scrubby oak forest. Road very rough, but little snow on the north (lee) side.

Village of Shama at the bottom, people seem a little hostile. Move on - excellent camping on hidden flat grassland by river.

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