Early start to airport. 3 hour flight from SH to KM. Stayed in a very
nice hotel in KM next to a small lake. Very nice outside restaurants
with good local food and nice drinking spots dotted around the lake. Set
the bikes up and got everything ready for the next day. Early evening.
Started off around
8 after a huge breakfast. I got us lost in suburbs of Kunming and once
we found the large lake to the south we where on our way. 50% rode on
good roads and a highway which was under construction. Quite a bit of
dirty roads and dust. Back to noodle lunches and arrived Simao around
3pm. Visit to the Yuxi museum which had some interesting ceramics and
bronzes, walk around the park and a really good cheap dinner.
Stayed in the HongTa hotel which is owned as one of the largest
cigarette factories in China. Seems they are spending their money in KTV
and buying Rangerovers and Hummers and ferrying around the officials.
13th day 3
Yangwu (near it).
Downhill and some hills. Not to bad.
Feeling good from the day before and started off around 8am after a
large breakfast which turned out to be a bad idea. Nice climb and long
downhill into hualian (a small s*** town). Had lunch there and started
throwing up. Spent the rest of the afternoon trying to ride, stopping
and throwing up all the time. Finally my breakfast egg came up and
started to feel less nauseous. Felt like *hit. Mowah when on ahead to
find us a place to stay and I pushed the bike for a good hour or two
until I arrived at the spot mowah had chosen. Nice swimming pool hotel
on the side of the road. Nice family from Chongqing who ran it and
invited us for dinner at their home. Still felt like crap and had a
early one after downing untold bottles of water.
14th day 4
Great downhill and some climbs. Not to hard.
Felt much better after a nights sleep but still rather tired. A great
downhill with some great scenery, then some up and another down. Arrived
Yuanjiang (a town with 3 different minorities) after a nice lunch. Good
walk around the town. Strange place with not much going for it other
than the restaurant we found (now atmosphere sitting outside). Another
early night in preparation for the next day. Mowah doing very well for
his first long ride.
15th day 5
Great 40 KM nonstop climb up to 1650m, good downhill and then another
Best day of the trip and tiring. Took us about 3 hours to get to the top
of the first mountain range where we had some most welcome noodles and a
couple of red balls. Then quite a bit of up and down and then a great
downhill followed by a finial climb which was bloody tiring. Very good
to get to Mojiang. Not a bad town, actually quite nice, right on the
Tropic of Cancer
line. Ok hotel and great dinner where we witnessed a large scale
migration of swallows (thinks thatís what they where). Good massage and
drink. Both of us where tired after 4 days of hilly riding and I
underestimated the next days mileage by half so a change of plans to
catch a taxi to next destination.
16th Day 6
by taxi; Puíer (175km), Simao (50km) to Dagugang (100km). Then from
their to Jinghong by cycle.
mostly downhill with a good climb near the end.
Legs very tired
after last 4 days riding. Glad we decided for the taxi as no way we
could have finished the trip on time. Arrived Jinghong about 4pm.
Jinghongís changed quite a bit since I was there last about 8 years ago.
Trees and plants have all grown up and seems more international with a
strange boarder town flavor. Nice dinner in open air restaurant.
17th Day 7
a lazy day changing air tickets, walking around town and packing up
bikes. Very nice BBQ dinner watching some local performance which was
interesting after a few baijiuís. Followed to visit to a local bar and
Lazy morning and visit to the Jinhong botanical gardens which where
nice. 6.30pm flight home and arrive back around midnight. All in all a
good short trip.
Cheers to Mowah for most of the pictures.