Monday, February 20, 2006

Day 171 - Cycling the Batang - Baiyu road (3)

Start: Camp, north of Shama village, Sichuan, China
End: Camp, below second pass on Batang-Baiyu road, c. 50 km south of Baiyu, Sichuan, China
Distance: 45km
Time: 5'45"
Avg: 7.7 k/h
Max: 25.4 k/h
Total: 9603 km
Total riding days: 111
Riding hours: 1040 - 1845

Perfect campspot, by a stream, looking up to the pass and down to snowy peaks at the other end of the valley.

Route notes - large village with shops and accommodation after about 19 km descending. Another 5 km or so and the road abandons its river-descent, and begins to climb a side valley. Very steep.

Camped where road leaves the stream and begins final switchback assault on pass.

Put my foot in it when fording a stream, so icy shoes to look forward to in the morning.

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