Despite me liking the place where I stayed last night very much, I woke up this morning at around six and tried to imagine what I could be doing there for the entire day. The conclusion was short: not much. So after having some fried noodles as breakfast (which I still find very strange) I left, hoping for the best.
Yesterday’s ride has more or less put a dent in my confidence. The elevation profile doesn’t look that shocking and it was only a 87km ride, but I’ve been riding for almost 7 hours yesterday (actual time on the bike, without breaks). So I was really hoping that I would make it through today, preferably with a little less pain then yesterday. And I’m very happy to tell that I did. Today’s distance was a little longer (107km) and the elevation gain was a little less (1240m) and it took me about 6,5 hours, meaning that I was a lot faster then I was yesterday. Luckily the ascents were a lot less steep and the roads were in good conditions. My 350meter climb actually went pretty easy. This made the cycling a lot more fun and every climb was rewarded with a speedy descent. My brakes were happy they didn’t have to work so hard today!
I ended the ride in a little village. I’m in a hotel again and just had dinner with the family of the hotel owner (himself, his wife and his kids) which actually was a lot of fun. Tomorrow I will start the day with a 850m climb, after which I will gradually descent towards Ba Be lake. Looking at the elevation profile I don’t think the ascent will be as easy as today’s, but I also think that it will not be as hard as yesterday’s.
After reaching Ba Be lake I will really take a day off 🙂
I really like the place where I was staying yesterday!
Just had a cosy feeling to it!
And I realy like looking up to the sky while doing my thing…
But despite the cosy feeling I still decided to hit the road this morning.
And the beauty continued.
The roaads were good today! Thank god!
Gradually the landscape changed. These mountains are just humbling.
Stocking fluids for the big ascent tomorrow…
I like the little village in which I’m staying tonight… Accrdoing to the hotel lady they don’t get a lot of tourists here…
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