twotoneams went for a bike ride.
August 21, 2018
Crikey Moses, what a day. I nearly pulled an all nighter this day. It was BRUTAL. Slow start at 8am. It was tough and cold at the top. The descent was brutal. It just kept going and going. Fish left (dropped) us early in the climb. Justin too. Max & I mostly ride together. Everything became a rusty red clay. I flatted again.We reconvened also again with Dominic at the valley. It became a death valley barren wasteland climb through what seemed like a desert after the jungle we just came down through.That climb brought us to a ‘pass’ that was spraying water from a pipe overhead. Another brutal descent to the ’Chinese Highway’ that we had been expecting all day. I flatted again. (I did this 4 times on day 4.)The surface of the 'highway’ was smooth but a reminder of the geopolitical circumstances we were riding through. My understanding is that China’s new (silk) road & belt project here meant Kyrgyzstan forfeited hydroelectric power if China could build this highway. It was all Chinese equipment and workers. Didn’t really feel like a fair deal as I enjoyed my smooth gravel descent but it was a welcome change after such an arduous day.We regrouped at the bottom. I recall that we we had something like 40+ km to get to a guesthouse in the last town before Checkpoint 1. (CP1) Tomorrow was the deadline.We hit paved roads. Sublime. And pacelined there. I think we arrived around 22:00.
August 20, 2019