Made it to Mengzhe, middle of nowhere China. On the road at 0800. Overnight temperatures are nice and cool now, was 15C when I set off and only reached 22C as it was overcast. First 55km steady climb up to over 1200m above sea level, then smooth and flat as I joined the main drag. Took the backroad again which continued to wind around the mountains. Bitumen was bumpy and slow - couldn't get bike up to 20km/h even downhill! There was a 10km unsealed section which was undergoing roadworks. Negligible traffic. Great scenery. Rolled into town 1445, found accomodation and wandered around town.

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