BuDongQuan to TuoTuoHe is a total of 248km followed by a night stay and a day rest. The day we departed from BuDongQuan towards TuoTuoHe, a sand storm with wind that can literally blow our riders off their bikes hit us good. In the meantime, trucks are flying past us on expressways put us in a really vulnerable position. For safety matters we decided to take a car to the nearest town for some rest after lost most of our energy fighting on No Man's Land these past few days. Some good hours of sleep as well as normal food will benefit us for the rest of the journey.
Continue from TuoTuoHe to YanShiPing is a 90 km distance ride with no big hills to climb, but typical rolling roads on this part of the plateau. With no winds this morning, we accomplished 55km within 3 hours. Shortly after our lunch picnic, strong headwinds are waiting for us. Headwinds, like gentle punches on your face, it doesn't hurt much but it can really make you breathe uncomfortably. No complaints, you gotta do what you have to do. Warm your legs up and guarantee a good night sleep tonight.
Road condition on G109 is not good, bumps and dents. BamAbu made it easier for me, lighter frame really benefit me on uphills.
There are quite a few trucks on G109. The road is also quite narrow whenever there are two truck going parallel. There is almost no space for bicycles, for safety matters best pull off to the side and let them pass. There's no reason to rush that few seconds.