High Places and Thinking of Food

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We get a lot of these surprise reactions from Chinese. These were at yet another pass, this one about 14,339, and a several hundred foot higher summit a few kilometers on. The road was nice all the way to the top, and looked like a beautiful 40 kilometer downhill from the top. It was not however to be; the road was severely frost heaved. It was fun at first to ride the moguls, but got old after a few kilometers. Here are some pictures from the day:

The Up

The Up

The Top

The Top

Lucky proving that dandelions grow everywhere, even at 14,339 feet in China

Lucky proving that dandelions grow everywhere, even at 14,339 feet in China

Lunch in Ya Jaing

Lunch in Ya Jaing

Claire: We’re getting to the stage where we think about food a lot, and we tried to make a decent dent in the big bucket of rice, but we failed to come close to finishing it. Yes, we’re eating pork now, or any kind of protein for that matter, and we eat whatever vegetables they bring us. At the grocery stores, we study and poke the packages and hope they’ll sustain us through a night of camping. Yogurt and cookies (a whole roll) is a before bed tradition of carbohydrate loading and we even bought Tang for our water bottles tomorrow. Wish I had some Cheerios, they always charge me up. If you’re out pedaling today or tomorrow, push a pedal stroke for us, we’ll need it; tomorrow; (tonight for you) we climb 7,000 feet to well over 15,000 feet and hope to get down in elevation to find a camping spot low enough to allow for sleep, before dark.


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High Places and Thinking of Food — 7 Comments

  1. Beautiful pictures! Thanks for keeping us up-to-date. Wish I were there, too!!
    Love and prayers,
    Bonnie \o/
    P/S Lucky looks like he is enjoying it all too. I’ll bet he has no problems with the altitude and construction! Ha!

  2. This is a far cry from your trip to upstate NY!!! I’m enjoying your pictures and envy your courage to be so daring. Go for it!!!!

  3. Bob & Claire, thank you so much for updating us on your adventures. I can feel your pain and ….. Okay, it can be a bitch at times, but you’re creating memories and callouses that will last a lifetime for you and people like me who vicariously enjoy your desire to live life to the fullest.

    Dick and Helen,
    You guys are having yak butter tea and fermented curds next time you eat at our house. Bet you can’t wait.

  4. Hi, Claire and Bob. So glad to be riding along with you. You two are amazing and inspiring.

    We miss you here. Just had dinner last night out by the pool.

    We had fermented yak curds, yak butter tea and yak butter rolled in some sort of grain and sugar, beside a wood stove in a Tibenan family home. No pool, no toilet, slept in our clothes…. but get the next post; can’t tell it all here!

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