Above awesome cyclist Mark Roche takes a break on the epic first day of riding out to Namaxia.
A gray day, but great friends to go to Namaxia with. Unfortunately I planned a route that was too taxing for me, and so had to take it easy on day 2. But a good time was had by almost all... click READ MORE for pics and commentary...
ROUTE NOTES: We took the 172 over to the 175, and thence to the 174, the 3, the 20, and the 29. Total distance was 123 kms with 1900 meters of altitude gain, far too much. I screwed up the planning, forgetting how brutal the climbs are up to the tunnel on the 3 by the Nanhua Reservoir and also that you have to climb out of Jiaxian, no easy task after climbing all day. That said, except for Yujing and Jiaxian and the spots on the west coast plain, every meter of this route is in hills with excellent scenery. The 172/175 I will definitely do again. Highly recommended.
Not a bad ride, but I was so broken by the first day I couldn't properly enjoy the second day with its outstanding weather. But great people on this ride made it an enjoyable experience.
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