Travelsonabike2 China Saturday 13th-October-2012

Garry McGivern Travelsonabike2 is cycle touring in China on Saturday, 13th-October-2012. Shihezi to Urumqi. 98 miles. Decided not to ride on the motorway today. Although it’s nice, easy and fast riding, it is a little bit boring! Well, that didn’t work after about 30 miles. The road was closed with no obvious detour, so I just went back on the motorway!

Trailers loaded with cotton
There must be a load of cotton fields somewhere. But I’ve not seen them

A big city I’m staying in tonight, you’d think that finding a hotel would be easy. It took me ages. I suppose being a bigger place, they spread out more.

Finished the day off with a big climb that I needn’t have done! I missed my exit, and by the time I realised, I’d already gone uphill a fair way. When I got to the top of the climb, I saw a sign for a hotel, but they were full. So I decided to carry on down this road, which was going back down the hill a different way, though before I knew it, I was in the city where I’d intended to stop in the first place, just came into it in the opposite direction!

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