to Lincang

Shangri-La to Lijiang
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Huge drying racks in the valley surrounding Shangri-La

A little out of town up on a ridge

Following the Jinsha south

Greg is at the hospital, we’ve visited him and he’s being flown out for surgery. His bike will be shipped south in a truck. In typical Aussie fashion he’s uncomplaining and good-humoured about the whole thing. We’re more than aware it could have happened to any of us and as you can understand we ‘re all riding with a little extra caution.

For reasons I can’t remember,  we’re in a hurry at the point below, but Andrew, Anita, Jamil and us stop for photos here, beautiful spot


Lunch town

Park here but eat across the street when everyone else shows up. This is where my starter motor shows the first signs of serious distress. For the last week it occasionally plays up but starts with only minor complaint. Here, it won’t start and I’m starting to drain the battery. Andrew pulls jumpers out of his huge inventory of bike parts and it starts almost first try. But not the battery, we know

Then an uneventful ride into Lijiang, one of the most important towns on the old Silk road

A beautiful place

A rest day, so we spend it walking around and on-line. Andrew and Jamil have gone out for a day ride to Tiger Gorge, but I badly need to use the VPN-enabled internet at the hotel to catch up on some chores and do some forward planning. Until today there’s been no Gmail or other ride essential internet from behind the Chinese web-wall

Small plots in the middle of the town

We’ll frequently see young Chinese couples having wedding photos taken in important places, it’s a common and fun sight

Lijiang at night. It’s Jamil’s birthday, we go out and celebrate

Lijiang to Dali
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Anita’s last day. A pic of her and Bpui

A very different day today. We ride into a huge valley

We ride through this for hours

And then the three of us split off and ride a road around the lake

This was a dead-end but a lucky find, very pretty

Haven’t had a Lucinda selfie in a while

We stop here for coffee

Hired scooters everywhere on this lakeside route

Through small streets for a few miles

Couldn’t figure these out

This was different. Wealthy homes with plots in a formal grid

I can’t remember where this was!

But the town had this temple in the middle

Dali to Lincang
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Andrew and Jamil were leaving separately to drop Anita off at the airport. Temple close to our hotel

I set off with R and Stephan/Bpui on polished, damp roads and medium-heavy traffic on the highway out of town. I knew following R’s sketchy navigation out of town would be stressful and it was. After a few tentative corners we got into the main traffic flow and accelerated up to speed in a group. Just a minute after settling in there was a huge crash sound from behind me. I looked into my right hand mirror and there was a truck no more than 50 feet behind with what looked like a bike wreck attached to the front. He was hard on the brakes, so were we, immediately in front of him. R headed off the right curb, Stephan to an escape lane and me in front of an island, just behind him and Bpui. I jumped off my bike and there behind the truck was a man on the ground screaming, blood everywhere and his leg completely removed. The truck had hit him head-on and he’d been run over, scooter still attached to the truck. I turned around and ran to Bpui and Stephan, yelling at them both to not look back. But they had. It was a shocking sight and no one would approach him as he went silent and we assume died there quickly. There were further details but’s that’s enough.

Looking back at Dali when I stopped to breathe again

Into the country

Lunch stop

R had pulled in here and assured Stephan and I there was nowhere else on this road for food. I don’t eat pork, so I skipped and walked around for photos. Hanging, ripe pork

Down the road a bit

The only other picture I took

What a fucking day.

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