Storm after Storm

Storm after Storm

May 18, 2016 0 Comments

Qingzhang Highway

Zhido (4200m) to Qumarleb (4200m), total distance of 53 km. We know there are some hours of resting time in the afternoon. Early morning sun is bright and shiny on the left side of the valley but on the right side, clouds are gathering and wind is blowing towards our next destination (which is on the right).

Jokingly, I told our photographer that we gonna have some snow storms pretty soon. Which turns out to be true, just after departure, a strong snow storm hit us. In dialect, we say "Suey Chui", meaning bad mouth or smelly mouth. After about 8KM climb to a little pass outside of town, we could clearly see a bright and blue sky up in front of us. So we started racing with the winds, towards the blue sky.

A day before at a police check point told us that there is going to be a 30Km really bumpy section. Mentally, we are prepared for some rough roads ahead but at a turning point, a newly build road cutting through the valley laid in front of us but it is block with a huge pile of dirt. We took the risk to use the new road but in our minds we are prepared to carry our bike down for few kilometres to meet up with the old roads again.

Nice house you've got there

Racing with the wind, we seem to be always at the tip of the storm front, looking back gives us the pressure of not giving up on the speed that we already have if not faster. When approaching Qumarle, we have to face another huge storm ahead of us which no speed can help but only persistence.

During the ride in the storm, we spent too much time manually cleaning up my sunglasses due to frozen lens by melting snow. I wonder why we haven't invent a automatic wiper for our glasses yet. We are very lucky to get here at least two hours earlier, this newly build road took us all the way here. Thanks to all who made this road happen, if possible i would like to hug each of you in person.

治多县(4200m)到曲麻莱县(4200m),53公里的行程,注定今天是个半休息日。一早阳光明媚,但后方峡谷乌云渐渐聚集。而且风的走向正是我们骑行方向,开玩笑的给黑豆儿说风应该会把乌云吹过来,他说「嗯」。果不然,早餐结束行装出发时,强烈的暴风雪应景而来。努力攀爬出城外山口后,前方峡谷蔚蓝的天空让我们又看到了希望。前天在检查点时,警察同志知道我们往这个方向走还特意叮嘱了,到曲麻莱有30公里左右坑洼路段,早已做好准备。但不知,正式进入坑洼路面之前,左上方的山腰间一条崭新的公路横贯整个峡谷。入口被封显然还没开放,但对于骑自行车的我们来说,捞过去便是。前路未卜,大不了扛车下山回老路。

与风齐速,似乎我们总能保持在暴风雪的最前端,零星的雪花漫天飘。往后看是我们不愿意放弃现有速度的最主要动力。但是在接近曲麻莱镇时我们不得不面对一股较强的暴风雪,这个时候速度并没有什么用了,坚持踩踏看来是我们唯一的选项。有太多的时候需要手动来清理凝结在镜片上的冰雪,有时候也让我们觉得为什么自动雨刷的技术还没有应用到镜片上来。

很幸运,新建的这条公路把我们一路带到了目的地。提前2小时的到达,让今天幸福指数提高了不少。感谢习总的“能铺路的地方铺路,该穿洞的地方穿洞” 政策,此刻我们是爱你的。

After every storm, is a beautiful day.

Travel tips

This one is for cyclist, on a newly build road rocks / soil are quiet loosen at some section be aware.

小贴士

这条主要针对骑车的人们和(部分我不太理解为什么要)在公路上徒步的朋友。新建的路或大雨天气下公路两旁的山坡都较松动,一定请观察通过。

 




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