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Today we saw a cross-section of Turpan before driving by bus to Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Turpan since the days that caravans followed the Silk Road has been a centre for transportation, which after seeing the masses of semi-trailers on the highway, find this easy to believe. Our day ...
The road bended a little form time to time but little else changed. I was conscious of the fact that we were effectively killing time as we waited for our Tibetan permits. Without that, it would be doubtful we would see Nepal, India or Myanmar. This had weighed heavily on my mind since Bishkek. This would be a significant part of the experience and I tried to focus on the now I ...
... involved. For instance, since the track gauge (distance between the wheels on a train along its axel) are different in Kazakhstan than they are in China, they will end up lifting the train at the border and take one set of wheels off and replace it with another so that we can continue on its way in Almaty (our next stop). I understand this may take a while. More about that later. if you have any comments or preferences about the contents of the blog, let me ...
... campfire with some dry twigs we found in the desert. Dinner was mashed combo of potatoes and sweet potatoes with chicken gumbo. The bush camp dinners have all been tasty and abundant.
Mon, Oct 7
Had a really nice sleep last night. Although it was 45 degrees, it was not windy and not wet so a far cry from the 39 degrees or less that we had in the Himalayas and Tibetan plateau. So this is what they mean ...
The train stopped for one hour. We feared that the train broke down, but our fears turned out false.
Sara, Stephanie, Karena, and I walked to the dining cart. Stephanie open her photo booth app on her Ipad. I started doing random poses in front of the camera. A group of Chinese men were staring at me.
The food ...