The breeze was not dry and the sky was cloudy. The Jingxi Off-Road Cycling Club gathered next to the 109 National Highway as originally planned, preparing to cross Xiangyang Water Village.
As always, the vehicles were inspected before departure, the number of people was counted, and everyone sat around, teasing each other and laughing constantly. But it is such a seemingly ordinary time travel, but it brings us an extraordinary experience, and even a lifetime of bragging capital.
At 5 o’clock in the afternoon, the convoy officially marched into the mountain and arrived at Yanhekou Village. At this time, the sky gradually dimmed. The convoy encountered the first difficulty in entering the mountain. There were construction vehicles unloading, occupying the entire road, and they could not miss the car.
The team leader decided that all vehicles should fall down the roadbed to make way for construction vehicles. Everyone quickly and steadily parked their cars in the roadside river in order, like a team of well-trained soldiers. Every car has turned on the headlights. Looking from a distance, it is colorful and really beautiful.
After the construction truck finished unloading and got out of the way, we set off again. While driving, raindrops gradually appeared on the front windshield. At this time, the sky was completely dark, and everyone reminded each other to turn on all the lights.
The winding convoy is like a fire dragon, moving through the valley gracefully. The sudden thunder and lightning and the gradually growing raindrops confirmed the worry of the team leader. At this time, the road became narrower and it was impossible to turn around and go down the mountain.
At this time, the voice of the team leader came from the mobile station: “The rain is starting to get heavier now. We need to speed up to reach the top of the mountain before it is completely dark. Everyone try to follow closely. The team must remain intact and pay attention to the road conditions!”
The convoy obviously accelerated its speed. As the rain intensified, more and more water accumulated on the road surface. The water splashed by the wheels was already higher than the machine cover, and some parties could not even see the road surface.
“Crack, crack!” The hail came suddenly, making the machine cover rattle. “Now we are at the lowest point of the valley, and the weather is getting worse and worse. We must reach the top of the mountain in the shortest possible time. I will open the road ahead, and all the cars must follow!” The leader reminded again and again, and the atmosphere suddenly became tense.
“The last car is overcharged! The current team formation is complete!”
There is no more ridicule on the radio, no complaints, only the voices of informing each other of the road conditions and encouraging each other.
“There is a cloud of fog ahead! Please keep the distance between cars! Turn on all the lights! Turn on the double flashing lights and control the speed of the car! The fog area should pass soon, don’t worry!” The visibility of the fog is only a few meters, and the already blurry road is even more ugly Clear, appearing very randomly, drifting with the wind, turning a corner and suddenly appearing in front of the eyes, after rounding the hill, it may disappear again, and when the speed of the car is just raised, it may suddenly appear in front of the eyes again.
In this way, the fire dragon rushed into the thick fog at a speed of 40 to 50 kilometers per hour, only the strobe lights could be vaguely seen, and the low-pitched roar of the engine was intertwined with lightning and thunder, fighting against the devil’s weather.
“Be careful! There is a torrent on the right side! Everyone pass quickly! Accelerate! Accelerate! Hurry up!” Before he could think about it, the first car rushed over, followed by the second car and the third car…everyone filed past.
The torrent is only about half a meter away from the right side of the car body, so close at hand, you can even feel the vibration of the water hitting the ground when the car body passes by. The black water is engulfed in sludge and hits the road surface. If you are not careful, your car will be diverted by the water flow.
“The tail car passed smoothly!” Following the notification of the tail car, a mountain torrent with the widest one more than one meter wide has passed, and everyone who is slightly smaller than this has already lost count of how many there are.
After rushing out of the last cloud of fog, the sky suddenly brightened. At this time, everyone noticed that the rain had also become lighter. The river on the left was already white. If you look carefully, it is the hail that just fell.
At this time, everyone noticed that there were two or three abandoned vehicles in the river on the left that had been submerged in mudslides. Seeing this, everyone understood what kind of difficulties the convoy had experienced just now.
At this time, the leader’s voice came from the radio: “We have climbed to the mountainside, and the most difficult part has passed!”
“I am the last car, the team is complete!”
Followed by cheers, everyone let out a sigh of relief!
Traveling to a relatively flat open area, the team stopped temporarily for repairs. Some riders got out of the car and picked up the hailstones, which were as big as quail eggs!
After repairing, we continued to move forward, and soon arrived at the farmyard on the top of the mountain. All the cars had turned into the same color, and the body was full of mud.
During dinner, the team leader held a glass of wine and said excitedly: “At that time, I kept urging you to hurry up! Do you know what we would do if there was a problem with a car at that time? In front of nature, there is only reverence. What kind of car or whatever? People are useless! Everyone travels together, you must advance and retreat together! I must take you all out safely! No brothers, no off-roading!” Everyone was silent, and the riders with little experience in crossing had passed the excitement just now, calm down When I got down, I couldn’t help but feel a chill down my spine when I thought about it.
A senior rider said that the first car is a wolf, and the team must also be a pack of wolves. We are such a group of wolves, resolute, tenacious, courageous, never abandon or give up, and never turn back until we reach our goal!
The event is over, and I have a lot of thoughts. I would like to remind all riders to pay attention, crossing is risky, and the weather conditions are complex and changeable. You must not rush into the mountains, especially when the rainy season is about to enter, and the mountains are prone to landslides. In front of nature, everything is small.
Editor: Zhao Lei
Filming: Gao Wenshun
Pictures provided by Mongolian doctors, Wukesong, Xi Rui