End: Luotuojuanzi, Xinjiang, China
Distance: 142 km
Avg: 17.9 k/h
Max: 41 k/h
Total: 11,894 km
Total riding days: 139
Riding hours: 0645 - 1640
A cold, cold morning in the desert.
The roadside is littered with shoes.
The invisible unidexter, naked but for a black leather winkle-picker, hitch-hiking on the desert highway to Urumqi.
A pretty funky hotel for the night, with a pretty funky world-cup-ready water-tower.
For fellow-travellers: there is nothing at all on the road until you reach the oasis at Luotuojuanzi, after about 135 km, except a tin-hut mining operation at around 35 km and a solitary house around 95 km. The map shows other places, the roadsigns say things like "Yandun 73 km", and after 73 km there is a sign that says "Yandun". But that is it, really it. No houses, no people, no camels, not a potato in sight. Just a sign saying "Yandun", and desert.