Todays ride was going to be long and tough, but the weather was pleasantly cool as we rode out of Shigu towards the town of Shaxi. We meandered alongside the Yangze river before heading up a very long ascent.
We had another rest stop at an outdoor basketball court, which suddenly appeared on the side of the road. Local women from the village were adorned in their colourful traditional costumes. At this point we felt the first drops of rain and thunder in the distance, but we pressed on.
The final two climbs of the day coincided with a torrential downpour, with rivers of water and silt pouring across the road as the headwind ripped into our sodden riders. We were glad to hit the downhill overlooking green rice fields that framed our descent into Shaxi.
Shaxi is a quaint Chinese town with traditional stone and mudbrick buildings. We weaved through its cobblestone streets to our Guesthouse. The wet and shivering riders were greeted by steaming hot ginger tea in our little courtyard, the perfect end to a cold day on one wheel.