The morning was kind to us with a moderate downhill and some pretty scenery as we rode away from White Water Terrace.
Later in the morning, we started the climb to the foothills of Haba Mountain, one of the major peaks in this area and we were rewarded for our effort with a massive downhill that took us up over 60kph. The views of the mountain in the distance were also amazing.
After lunch, we continued along along a relatively level part of the route near, still near 3,000 meters, but about 30km into the ride we started to descent for a full 15km maintaining speeds of over 40kph taking us down into Tiger Leaping Gorge at an elevation of only 1,800 meters.
The view of the gorge in the distance was something I will never forget and a view that everyone should see once in their life. Truly amazing.
Our jaws stayed dropped as we rode toward the gorge with the sheer cliffs growing higher and higher, towering nearly 1,000 meters above us with the river nearly the same distance below.
Another 12km of comfortable riding allowed us to enjoy the views before we arrived at our first (and very recommended) hotel of the trip - Bridge Cafe (橋咖啡), which provides an incredible view of Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge with a full view of the river and cliffs.
Leg 1: (30.21km, 2h32m, 11.9km/h)
Leg 2: (42.64km, 2h46m, 15.4km/h)