Check out the headgear! She was really nice....this was in Sialong(Jiulong) on the backroad from Tiger leaping gorge to Shangri-la
25 km 7.0km/hr 3:34:00
I had a rough night as I woke up around midnight wanting to get sick and/or have diahrrea! I got dressed to go outside but ended up fighting it most of the rest of the night as it was so cold outside-lol! I finally got a couple of hours sleep and then woke up early. It was a brisk -8 degres C still at 7a.m! I noticed that I was having strong egg-tasting burps and from experience realized that I had giardia(traveller's diahrrea usually from bad water or from poor hygiene in restaurants etc). Luckily I had medication to treat it but it can take a week until you feel 100 percent. Anyway, we got packed up and began to cont. our climb but we were almost out of water so we stopped at a stream to filter some. Well, didn't I drop the whole filter kit bag about 5ft. down into rushing,cold mountain water that was running under the road in a small concrete box culvert! The water was moving fast but the bag seemed to be staying put for now so I had to move fast and much to G's surprise(she had gone to
the other side of the road to try and intercept it if it got there) I had stripped down to only spandex bike shorts to retrieve it! As much as I tried there was no way to not go right in with my feet and also get hit by a small sort of waterfall to get it----COLD!! Some locals drove by after the fact and I now had a shirt on but was still in bare feet on the road and in spandex bike shorts-they must have thought we were nuts! For some reason I can see my buddy Ewen having an extra good chuckle over this story(it wasn't that funny you dick!)! Anyway, we thought it prudent that G take over the water-filtering duties-actually maybe she insisted, my memory of the event is a little fuzzy. I decided that the best way to dry my shorts was to just leave them on and not wear the pants and overshorts that I normally have over them. This worked out ok-luckily we were climbing and the sun came out. This day turned out to be super hard for both of us as I was feeling rough and G was getting sick too plus had never really fully ditched her cold either-not to mention the constant climbing and altitudes of up to 3500m!! We hit a town which in our info. was called Sialong (but we think is maybe also called Jiulong on other maps) and decided not to go any further. We met a nice lady who had a little store and restaurant who fed us really well and offered us a room. This was a really cute little town in a nice little sheltered valley! After falling asleep for a while on her sort of balcony and eating a little we went for a little walk around town and started feeling a little better. Some of the local women wear this really elaborate head-gear-it's almost like a kite attached to the back of their heads! People were very friendly and pretty surprised to have visitors let alone on bikes! We went to bed pretty early and I fell asleep looking at the leg of meat with hoof still attached hanging on the wall!
Hi, my name is Chris. I started this blog with my partner at the time Georgette as a way to document our trip to China by bike. Both of us being cyclists at home in Canada to some degree(me as a recreational mountain biker and G as a commuter) and both avid travellers, we put the two together for a short trip to Cuba and our love affair with cycle touring was born! We then both went on to solo trips of Morocco. We had kept photo records and journals but wanted a way for our friend's and families to keep track of our travels and we found this site suited us well. At the same time we figure... full info