Photo Of The Day - Oooh Political
Day twenty seven.
Whilst you filthy capitalist pigs were forking out £19.95 to watch Mayweather v Pacquiao, here in the People's Republic I watched it for free on CCTV 5, at lunchtime. This wasn't all good news at it essentially restricted me to my road diet of pot noodle and Oreos for brunch, and bemused the hotel cleaners who were desperate to clean my room despite the do not disturb sign and me asking to be left alone.
I headed out to the most touristy part of the Great Wall's most westerly point. I'm fully prepared for the sound of thousands of Lonely Planets to be thrown at me by sanctimonious hands, but I really like the way China rebuilds bits of the Great Wall, whilst leaving most of it well alone. I like the imagination aiding 'this is what it would have looked like if you keep the hot dog stands and jade shops behind you' reconstruction.
The Chinese, as I bang on about a lot, are also the world's best tourists. They get dressed up like Emperors and soldiers, spend a fortune, are consistently excited or interested in something and just love to tourist.
Can you imagine a husband in his twenties dressing up as a Roundhead, when nobody else was doing so, as he walked around a provincial museum? No of course not, but have a look at this guy all dressed up for his wife to film. That's the spirit!
This is the place from which people were banished into the desert, where I shall be banishing myself tomorrow.
Yesterday's slow puncture persisted, so I didn't make it to any less polished bits of wall, but I should pass the first pier of the wall tomorrow.
In bike news: I have now bought a pump I can operate with both hands to save me arriving in Kashgar looking like I've spent a little too long alone in a tent with only thoughts of Vicky C to entertain me, it will also hopefully stop inquisitive pensioners, who've never seen such a small pump, asking me what I'm getting up to behind my wheel; my beloved Perfomance Enhancing Water water bottle has gone mouldy (Baijiu almost certainly to blame) and so has been replaced; and I'm upgrading to two water bottles on the bike itself.
In news news: I've decided I will go to Dunhuang, as it's the nearest place with a hotel I can stay in, but I'll be camping the next two nights so enjoy the silence.
A short week after the extended break in Zhangye, but I'm now halfway.
Average Speed: 12.4 KPH
Pot Noodles: 31(really fed up of them now)
Punctures: 12 (3 for the Pigeon, 1 for Jonny)
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This is where I update on my progress. Expect lots of fabricated statistics and dated music references.