Urumqi to Dunhuang: Desert training

Meka and I spent a few days in Urumqi in order to rest, relax and clean our bikes and other equipment down.  We’d had a tough few days in the mountains and a tough couple of weeks in the desert before that so were happy for some downtime.  Eating was of course important and I…

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Luntai to Urumqi

We departed Luntai a little later than we would do normally so as to take advantage of the comfort of the hotel room and the inclusive Chinese breakfast buffet, which while filling left me craving cereal quite badly. Luntai was in another oasis like green area that we got to ride through for a large…

Kashgar to Aksu: desert storm

We decided to spend a couple of days in Kashgar to relax, get the bikes checked over, buy supplies and to see a bit of the city.  Kashgar was quite an interesting place as you can very clearly see the Uighur culture meeting the Han Chinese culture not in perhaps any great harmony.  Where we…