Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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Qi Hang Hotel
Just after that however, we were suddenly struck by the strongest headwind we have ever encountered. I think we were in some kind of wind tunnel, but the next 6 miles (all uphill!) were horrific. When we reached the top, after having to stop several times, the wind was so strong it was actually impossible to ride
We were completely broken, when at last we saw our favourite sign ‘long descent’!!! Some idiot had decided to be really precise about how far it was and from a distance 8.2km looked like 82 and we got VERY excited.8.2km down was pretty good, but the headwind meant that instead of 22mph we were just doing 10mph and actually having to pedal at some points.
Reaching the bottom, we came to a large town Huize and decided to stop as with the headwind, we would never make 57miles before dark. We quickly found a ridiculously cheap and lovely hotel, and decieded to just dump the bags there and head off into town to enjoy the sunshine and get the bikes fixed. (Mikey’s is in a terrible state since he fell in the tunnel – two broken spokes at the back and the front completely buckled.)
Town was brilliant fun. We had some more amazing street snacks (a bit like a potato rosti) and sat in the square with a load of old men who were smoking and watching the world go by. When we turned up, they turned their attention to staring at us. When Mikey got out the phrase book to ask a policeman where a bike shop was at least 20 of them crowded round to have a nose. I really wanted to take a photo they looked so funny
Eventually we did find a bike shop and I really wish we hadn’t. The guy was totally incompetent. He said he could fix the two broken spokes which normally takes about 10 minutes. He took 2 hours and in the process broke another spoke himself, punctured the tyre, took the back axle apart and lost a bit, and when he eventually finished the gears had broken. Aaahhhhgggg!!! We got back to the hotel in a real state, and are now worried about how Mikey will get to Kunming (at an altitude of 2000m) without his full set of gears.
Back at the hotel the entire lobby was in darkness – no electricity. I blinded the girl at the desk with my head torch trying to find out what was going on while Mikey climbed the 7 flights of stairs to our room. We both did a lot of shouting and a few minutes later the power came on. Phew! We’ve now had an amazing hot shower, watched Federer lose the semi-final of the Australian Open and are feeling a lot better. Just hoping for no wind tomorrow!
A headwind fraught 37 miles