The Monsoon Wind is blowing in Hong Kong at the moment and it was just 11 degrees celsius first thing this morning – making it feel very chilly. However, as I had a day off and it was a Sunday (almost the only ‘practical’ and ‘survivable’ cycling day of the week out here), I decided to make the most of the emptier roads. Now, if you were to ask ‘what type of wind is a Hong Kong Monsoon Wind?’ – I am now in a position to be able to tell you, with 100% certainty, that it is a HEADWIND! This does not help when the fitness levels have taken such a huge hit recently, but when the mind still remembers what you were able to do just a few months ago. ‘Winded’ is a doubly apt title for this post! My legs are going to be reminding me of my error in this regard over the next few days, I’m sure. Anyway, the ride was a successful, exploratory one during which I found my way onto ‘Route Twisk’ – Hong Kong’s longest, steepest, highest and twistiest road. There’s a bit more training to do before I tackle the full length of it in earnest, but it looks good.
The photo is a 4-image panorama, taken from the promenade in Tsuen Wan – the town at the foot of the climb – looking west across the bay towards the Ting Kau Bridge in the background.