A Day in Kumul
Kumul is suprising a very big town in the middle of the desert. They have tall buildings and also a shopping mall! Stayed a day here to take a rest and also the most important shop… Giant bicycle shop! After nearly 4000km of cycling since i started this journey from chengdu, it is time to change both my tyres. Also i found an outdoor shop very near my guesthouse. Wanted to get a new sleeping bag but there were not much choice here and the after i bargain, the price is 400 yuan. Still very expensive. And Urumqi is not so far away, only some 600km from here, maybe i will just get it there. Plus theres so many towns here so i wont do so much camping until Urumqi. The best thing i did in this town? Eating ice cream and having a proper, long, satisfying… shower! More and more uighur people here. Oh i guess they love to fight. Since i was riding in Xinjiang province for the past few days, i saw 2 fights already… and theyre Uighur.
Nothing much to see here for me, its just a town and i find it boring here. Only stayed here for the bike shop and a good rest. Next town is Turpan, some 400km away. Guess the ride gonna be easy, because here in Kumul the altitude is at 900m, and Turpan, is the second lowest place on earth after the Dead Sea, which is 160m below sea level. They say Turpan is the hottest place in China… Ahaa… will get more ice cream there! Even for today, i already ate 6 ice cream so far until the time of writing this!