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Published: September 11th 2014
This challenge should have been titled mountain climbing on bike challenge! Yesterday we climbed 3800ft. Today the ride was around 78km but up the side of a blimmen mountain again climbing 5800 feet!
My legs feel they've done exercise but they're not dropping off. Yet this morning they did not want to go at all! Fatigue! I ate well last night and this was the first hotel to cater for us Brits lol. Bacon, toast, eggs and chips for us for breakfast served with chop sticks of course. So we were well fuelled. However, Anna had to tow me for a few km. For non riders that means riding close to another rider to make it a little easier. I struggled to believe I could make it up those mountains today but your body starts to slowly wake up and remember what it has to do!
Anna's tired too but our new friends envy her power and energy. We were all struggling up our first 8km climb and she offers to cycle to the top to see how much further it is. Our Liverpudlian friend Sandra said 'oh would ya what a love'. Then like she's on Duracell shes
off! Gone for what seems like ages she then reappears to tell us it's far but not too far and supports us on the way up giving us a commentary of the road ahead which helped!
I needed a distraction so started singing loudly 80s songs and it helped. Sandra counted trees, Jan focused on the road and imagined it was flat and Lorraine or Kim road on the white line! Amazing what you have to do! Close to the top Anna played the bongo song so we could pump to the music! If you look closely at the scenery pics you can see some of the roads we climbed.
The rest stops where we have to wait are hard. We usually wait an hour for the last to come in. Then getting started again is a challenge! But the descents are something to look forward to if you're able to leave early to avoid those that like to brake all the way down.
The village where we had lunch today was absolutely stunning! Most are quite scruffy looking but this was traditional and everything I wanted to see. The restaurant staff were fascinated by anybody who
had blonde hair and they were all photographed including Anna!
The loos here are hole on the ground ones by the way. Not ideal for people who are on cycle challenge and may struggle getting back up from the squat position! And the showers are for short people.
The Chinese food here is very much like home but fresher. Today we had noodles which are served in a bowl of water so they don't stick, sweet and sour pork and stir fry veg. You'd think that would be filling but it took ages to debate how the heck we serve ourselves noodles with chop sticks. Imagine the challenge of getting spaghetti out of a pan of boiling water with chopsticks!!! The next challenge is eating them! Most failed but Anna failed miserably so we all gave her the noodle sauce serving spoon to eat with. She looked like baby bear!
The ride after lunch was on very long rolling roads. I cycled much of it on my own as Anna was ahead. It took me ages to get my cycling legs back and guess what, a pit stop! So I got off to announce I ain't stopping.
I couldn't stand it so off I went and then others flowed too. Close to the end I cycled hard and fast as I really wanted it over with!
So last day of cycling tomorrow. I've enjoyed the challenge and met some funny people but happy to see the last day. It's a shorter ride tomorrow and to the Great Wall so that means more hills!
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