Monday, February 3, 2020

A Texan in Tibet - Riding Day 3 Plan

"Stop setting goals. Goals are pure fantasy unless you have a specific plan to achieve them."
- Stephen Covey

Kyirong to Shegar

Satellite views and written reports lead me to believe that this 340km/211mile leg could be among the most scenic of the entire trip.  I am planning to ride from Kyirong to Shegar with numerous high-altitude mountain passes, including Kungthang La pass, which rises to 5,236 meters/17,200 feet.  Interactive link here.
The route should take me past Lake Peigu Tso, which sits at over 15,000 feet elevation (swimming is not on my agenda) and through the Tibetan town of Old Tingri that reportedly offers an amazing view of the Himalayas, Everest, and few other mountains rising above 8,000 meters.  There should be lots of photo ops, which translates in lots of stops, which explains a seven hour riding day for only 211 miles.  I can't blame the terrain, because the Chinese take really good care of the roads in Tibet.

The elevation at Shegar is 4,330 meters/14,200 feet.  I'll bask in the thick air and should sleep well that night.