Our last day in the mountains was an eventful one. It started out beautifully after staying with a kind Tibetan family and getting on the road early. We knew we had one more pass to go over before we dropped 1,500 meters to Kangding and wanted to get to town as early as possible. We got to the climb quicker than we anticipated and we were blown away by the amazing mountains we were about to cycle over.
We stared the climb earlier than anticipated and had gorgeous views of the snow covered mountains. We were loving every minute of it and soaked up the views as much as we could. It wasn’t until we got higher and higher did we see the ominous storm clouds creeping in.
It wasn’t until we got to the top and had rugged up in warm clothes for the descend did the weather pack in. We had to get off our bikes and get behind the cement guard rails to take shelter from the wind and snow. It was a full on blizzard! Thankfully we have warm enough clothes and we were both able to stay warm. Since we were protected from the storm, we decoded to make the most of the forced break and have some coffee. Jared got out the cooker and I got the coffees ready. We sat and enjoyed 20¢ coffees while the winds and snow whistled above us.
No sooner did the storm come, did it pass. After about 20-30mins the sky turned blue, the sun came out, and the mountains were shinning with freshly fallen snow. It was the perfect end to a week and a half of hard riding, intense mountains, and glorious views.