We were mostly on smaller, rural roads today. Very pleasant. Lots of karsts at the start and the end of the ride.
We climbed a steep hill in mid-morning, which came unanounced, and required a lot of standing on the pedals. Fortunately, the temperature was quite cool, around 16 C, and the sun was not out, so it was quite manageable.
Highlight of the day was meeting a group of Chinese touring cyclists at the top of the pass. They were extremely enthusiastic, and wanted to take pictures together, even though we could not speak each others’ language. What a difference from cycling clubs elsewhere in the world, who tend to turn up their nose when they see a group of tourist cyclists!
One lady had the most ironic T-shirt I have seen to date. There are lots of misspelled “brand name” shirts, and some shirts with ironic messages saying something about “fake” brands, but this one is a classic, ewspecially considering that she does speak English: