Final of Episode 1: Riding towards the Southern Rim, Tibetan Plateau!
3 days ride from Kangding to Litang is tough but fun. On the first day i only did 46km. Couldnt take it anymore, i was climbing all the way. Oh and this time… i surrendered. i pushed my bike countless times! i even gave up pushing my bike! the road was so steep and i was at 4400m of altitude! I even had problem breathing at some point, so i stopped pushing and took an hour rest. The second day was better. mostly going up and down, some flat land. i did over 80km this time! but i was dangerously riding along the cloud level, couldnt see a thing, everything was so foggy and all out of a sudden, i saw a bus coming towards me! Visibility was poor while riding the cloud level. i was sooo… afraid! But i got excited, as ive seen more and more tibetan villages along my way. Im getting closer to her!
The last day of my ride, is the ultimatum. Mostly going downhill, i was riding on average 40 km/hour, and only in around 4 hours, i covered easily 150 km! Passed by so many beautiful views, Im finally… in Tibetan Plateau! Finally today, I made it to Tibet, this place has been lifting up her skirt for me, teasing me for years since i was a kid, now shes in front of me… 1 on 1 :) Even on flat road, i easily cycled at 25-30 km/hour. At some point i calculated, i was only like 20km away from Litang, and it was only 2pm. Litang is getting nearer and nearer every minute, and i think, whats the rush? since its going mostly downhill, i took the advantage of staying off the road. Took a lot of landscape pictures and even those cute Tibetan kids.
I also met a yak herder. He invited me to his tent, ate some tibetan food and drank some yak milk. mmmm… free lunch.. good energy source. This dude doesnt even speak mandarin, he speaks only tibetan, and I told him im from malaysia but…. im not really sure if he even know that malaysia is a country. Well i hope he knows. The younger brother (the one wearing yellow) was so amazed at me, he just couldnt get his eyes off me. Funny… and he even came and touched my skin. Maybe hed seen a few mat sallehs, but never see a brown boy from the southeast of asia? :) Im the only melayu sesat around here anyway. Hehe. i stopped many times after few hours of mostly downhill riding, i was so “jakun” with the landscape.
1 think i realized being in the highland of tibet, since its summer now, the days are longer. It was already bright at around 5am, and still bright at 8.30pm. Mampus kalau kene puasa kat sini hehe. As i continue riding, i saw Litang from far. Ahhaaa.. finally.. after nearly 2 weeks of tough riding…. today, is victory for me. Looks like a sexy little tibetan town from far, i decided to spend time watching the sunset on the hills. Looked for a nice spot to rest, took photographs and enjoyed the view for hours waiting for sunset. It was a great moment, as i always love this kind of view. I stayed for hours on the hill watching the view while listening to my ipod until at 1 point, i fell asleep lol! The wind was cold and it was so refreshing! Im just short of 1 thing, it was a great moment, but i couldnt share it with anyone. Uhh… im all alone… and at this moment… i felt a little lonely…