Highway to Heaven
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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Where I stayed
Huang Lian River Hotel
Back on the expressway, we cycled 37miles without any problems. After 8miles uphill we had at least 10 down and then gently rolling hills, which felt fine after everything that had gone before
At 37 miles we hit a town and sadly the expressway ended at some tollgates. The gates had caused a massive traffic jam, and we were beeped and waved at by holiday makers and lorry drivers stuck in it. After a quick snack we set off on the G080, a single carriageway with no hard shoulder. Although there was some stupid driving from BUS DRIVERS as usual, the traffic was pretty light and we continued to make good progress.
By 46 miles we were starting to tire and stopped by the road to drink yet more Pepsi. Amazingly we saw that a brick-pathed track running below was in fact the elusive 213 – the road we had lost two days before! Continuing on a mile we saw a biggish town miles up on the hillside and realised that it must be ‘Daguan’ – the town we had been asking for directions to for days but had given up hope of ever seeing. The 213 snaked up for at least 3 miles to the town and, too tired, we decided to carry on and hope there was another way up. Rounding a corner we came across another enormous traffic jam and saw the lorries carrying pigs which had passed us at the Toll gate 15 miles earlier. They had clearly been stuck ages (there were about 100 cigarette butts on the floor by each cab) and we felt very smug as we whizzed past them all.
Even better, as we got to the front of the traffic jam we found a relatively gentle road sloping up into Daguan. Mikey asked a policeman where there was a good hotel, and he led us there in his van
Showering was absolute bliss, as was an amazing meal we just had in the hotel restaurant. As usual the menu was only in Chinese and we were fustratedely scanning the phrase book trying to order something sensible when two delicious looking plates went past on their way to someone else. We pointed and it turned out to be meat dumplings and some amazing pork fat dish with chillies. It must have had about a million calories, but probably very good for cycling. The porter saw us as we were leaving and said ‘wow!’ at the difference in our appearance. We were completely mud spattered and destroyed on arrival! Even now, sitting in bed writing this, I can my muscles feel terrible, as do my poor bruised legs. (They are black and blue from falling off in the snow!) This must be full of mistakes as I’m falling asleep – Night night xxxx
A straightforward 49 miles