Episode 4: Riding along the infamous Ancient Silk Road!
Finally i arrived Dunhuang 3 days ago, after a harsh day of cycling some 80km offroad from Aksai Kazakzu. I was really exhausted riding to Dunhuang, firstly because the road was still under construction and secondly of course, the hot weather. The highest of the day was some 45 celcius, it was very hot and i felt so thirsty. While riding, i could imagine a mango juice with ice flowing thru my mouth. I then rode fast to Dunhuang and left Nancy behind hehe. Couldnt take it anymore, i need to get water fast. When i reached Dunhuang, the first thing i look was water… cold water… with ice! Dunhuang, is nothing more than a tourist spot. This town was a very important town to Silk Road Travelers in the past, its an oasis town where it was a major stop for Silk Road Caravans. They have 2 famous tourist spot here which are the Mogao Cave, where its a home of a giant sleeping buddha and a crescent moon lake. So from now on, ill be riding along the infamous ancient Silk Road all the way to the Central Asia border. Actually, the starting point of the Silk Road path on the China part is in Xi’an and it stretches all the way to Ankara in Turkey. So actually i dont miss much on the China side anyway, nothing much in Xi’an except their terracota warriors and also the infamous Hua Shan mountain.
Stayed here 3 days, not because i really like it here, but theres so much to prepare on my cycling journey ahead. Currently im researching the road from Dunhuang to Urumqi in the northwest. Its some 1000km from here and will pass by Turpan, another big town which is some 800km from here. Between that i will pass a few smaller towns, and between those smaller towns… theres nothing, except the desert. Another thing, i need to change my sleeping time. After discussing with Nancy, we agreed to start cycling as early as 6 in the morning, and stop somewhere around 11 am. Its too hot in here, we couldnt take it, cycling at some 45-50 celcius. So we will rest at 11am, and start cycling again somewhere around 5 pm all the way to 9pm. Just that im worried because the distance between town to town is some 120-150km, and we cant take a rest in the middle of the desert, its too hot.