Day 45: Sweat Baby Sweat
Photo of the Day - I will have my vengence, in this life or the next
Day forty five.
Once more into the desert. The grey and grim desert surrounding Ruoqiang was as dull as before but served as a great contrast to the oasis that followed. Arriving at the small town of Wushixia was like the moment in old Disney movies where the actors enter a cartoon world. A burst of colour came with bird song and butterflies.
I stopped for kebab here and the contents of my phone became a source of great interest to the boys in the restaurant. Despite the youngest reiterating the fact I was British, the conversation focussed heavily on America - Did I have any dollars? Is this a photo of America? (it was neighbouring Inner Mongolia) Is this a photo of America? (it was Thailand) and it sounded like their entire conversation was America related, whilst I ate. The only break was for them to have a water fight.
I pressed on to 160km before deciding to set up camp. Mosquitoes were everywhere, which led to a horrible situation of me sitting, naked and sweating in the plastic oven because I had no other other choice.
I watched the brilliantly inoffensive Car Share, whilst casually observing the hydration run out of me.
May 21: Ruoqiang to A Sand Dune - 160km
Start Time: 10.00
Finish Time: 19.00
Hours Cycling: 8
Mosquito Bites: 10
A Photo every hour: today's Highlight - Dunes
Day 46: Bitten Me
Photo of the Day: Market Day
Day forty six.
Awoken by the oven being turned on, I tried to leave as soon as possible and with as little time near mosquitoes as I could manage.
More dunes, more oasis, some more oasis, more birds I don't know the names of, more oasis, more oasis etc.
With fear of mosquitoes meaning I had to live off Oreos, today was an energy related struggle. However, I've made it to a hotel I've not been evicted from (yet), I've got 4 cold beers, a pickled egg, some kebab flavoured crisps, a pickled egg, and a tub of thick Nivea. Life couldn't be sweeter.
I'm off to source real food now.
May 22: Sand Dune to Qarqan - 120km
Start Time: 10.00
Finish Time: 17.00
Hours Cycling: 6.5
Hours Wishing I'd Eaten Real Food: 4
A Photo every Hour: Today's Highlight - Pre-Gaming for Friday Night, don't forget the Nivea
This is where I update on my progress. Expect lots of fabricated statistics and dated music references.