It sounds like a broken record, but we had another tough day of cycling on the gravel road. It seems like they dumped a fresh load of gravel on this road. This accompanied with climbs made for a slow ride. Even the downhills were slow since we had to be careful to avoid sliding.
It was foggy when we left. We all left close to the same time. I cleared my glasses a few times due to the mist. At 9km, the fog began to lift and we briefly saw a rainbow. At 18km we reached the first top of the hill. We had a steep descent and then followed a stream downhill. We started the next climb around 27km and reached another top at 32km. From here a descent to 44km. By now there were many cars raising dust.
It was getting hot again as we had more climbs and descents before reaching a cafe at Ð¡Ð±ÐµÐ³Ð° turnoff at 56km. After a filling lunch, we headed into town. We decided to take the old road from here to ÐœÐ¾Ð³Ð¾Ñ‡Ð° rather than the new one. This was in part because we were told ~150km of road without cafe and wanted to try something different than our dusty road. Weâ€™ll see how that part of the adventure goes.
First we rode around town to find a store, refilled on provisions and water. Bert discovered two more screws missing from his bike. I discovered that my front cycling rack had broken. This is likely the same problem that Herman Veldhuizen had with the same rack. I used the same remedy of shifting the rack further forward.
71km today, 10382km across Eurasia [Photo: 1219, 1221]