Monday, February 10, 2020

A Texan in Tibet - Riding Day 6 Plan

"Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire."
- Napoleon Hill

Gyantse to Lhasa
This should be an interesting route with plenty of remote back roads and a particularly tricky mountain passage.  Fuel management and awareness will be paramount.  If my plans hold, I should ride about 350km/217 miles to Nagartse via the primitive, rocky Simi La pass at 4,200 meters/13,780 feet and then over the newly-paved Karo La pass at 5,010 meters/16,400 feet.  Temperatures at both passes are said to be cold, even in the summer.  Cold temperatures and thin air should make for a challenging, yet interesting day of riding.  The interactive map can be seen here.

Lhasa is a cultural center of Tibet and having ridden six days straight, I plan to take a day off for some rest.  A day off the bike in Alaska and Australia was a welcome respite on those trips.  It will also afford me the opportunity to sort through my videos and images and maybe do a little writing.  I expect decent Internet access, so I hope to update this blog.