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August 24th, 2006 | categorizilation: all categories,China

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Today’s Distance / 今日の走行距離:124.64km
Time on bike / 走行時間:6h 57m
Average speed / 平均速度:18.3km/h
Total distance to date / 現在までの積算距離:1519.9km

Woke at 6:30am for an early start to Yining, however the motel owners were not up, so I napped until 8am when I heard movement from inside the house. The owners give me a hearty breakfast of rice porrage (really yum and lasting energy for the day). Out of town by 9am, stop for watermelon at a watermelon patch at 10:30am and don’t get away until 11:30am. Wonderfully friendly Kazakh folks.

One of the many roadside watemelon stands, Xinjiang Province, China / どうろのよこのすいかはんばい

Very contrasting landscape today. On my left is a lush valley with a fast flowing river, on my right is desolate rocky hills. There were many fishermen along the river trying to sell me fish as I passed. Most of them kindly understood why I didn’t fancy carrying fish in my panniers.

Land of contrasts

Generally downhill and a tailwind all day, apart from some slow uphills halfway through. I was nervous buying watermelon in a town on the way for tea. I was half way through getting across the fact that I wanted a watermelon when I noticed a police officer eyeing me from about 700m away. The watermelon seller also noticed (they appeared to realise that this was a closed town), and just gave me the watermelon for free and told me to leave quick. Legendary.

I ate outside of town near a bridge, and seriously considered sleeping under it. In the end I gave up on that idea and ended up sleeping in an old disused brick firing kiln.

Cozy bed in a disused brick firing kiln - between Tuargun and Yining City, western China / レンガのトンネル窯が今日の寝どころ(トアルグンまちとイニング市のあいだ)

Cozy bed in a disused brick firing kiln - between Tuargun and Yining City, western China / レンガのトンネル窯が今日の寝どころ(トアルグンまちとイニング市のあいだ)

My 'motel' on the way to Yining City / ぼくのしゅくはく

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Comment by Aunty Jenny — August 27, 2006 @ 6:27 pm | post a comment

Your photos are great! Got tired of watermelon yet? Does it taste any different to the stuff we get in New Zealand?

Comment by Shirazi — September 5, 2006 @ 10:24 am | post a comment

LOvely images and travel tales here. Envy!

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