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