Travelsonabike2 China Sunday 21st-October-2012

Garry McGivern’s cycling around the world, Sunday, 21st-October-2012, Hami to a rocky side of the road. 77 miles. I didn’t leave the hotel until ten o’clock this morning. I was in two minds about whether to stay another night. But with no internet, I couldn’t see any point, apart from being lazy, and we can’t have that, can we?

Snow mountains trees
These were the only trees I’ve seen for a few days

I was hoping to cover 115 miles today and reach the next town for tonight. But that was a bit too optimistic, especially leaving at ten o’clock. I think I may have been able to make it, but it would have meant arriving late and in the dark! And I didn’t even know if there were any hotels there. So I opted to camp after spotting a gap in the barbed wire that runs beside the road. It’s not a very good campsite. The surface is just dust and gravel, not a lot for the tent pegs to get a grip on. So I found some rocks to put on the pegs, which will be fine as long as the wind doesn’t get up!

I’m still undecided about where I’m going to finish. I seem to change my mind daily! Today it’s Shanghai. Yesterday it was Beijing or Kunming. But I think it might be too late in the year to cycle to Beijing. I think there could be a fair amount of snow around. Kunming would be my preferred finishing point, as that’s where I started the Southern Asian leg of my ride. But I think they might have just as much snow there. Hence today, my finish point is Shanghai, even though I don’t know what weather they have!

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