Today was a day for research. I found out that I will need to be self-sufficient for the next few days, in both nourishment and accommodation. I’m looking forward to being in ‘survival mode’ again. I’m also nervous about heading into the unknown, like I always am. I also found out that I’m not going to be able to cycle into Kyrgyzstan. As with the Pakistan border crossing, China doesn’t let anyone near the border unless they are in organised transport. It sounds like the border police have some kind of racket going on with taxi drivers, such is the extreme cost of the taxi ride they force you to get. I sent a lot of emails today too, mostly to friends I have met during my journey. One was to the Australian distributor of Ortlieb products, enquiring about whether I can get free clips to replace the one that have started breaking on my panniers and rack bags. My outside adventures included a couple of walks for meals, plus one for food shopping. I have stocked up on fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as dried fruit and noodles. Let’s hope it’s enough to get me to Kashgar.

The Grassland

Accommodation $ Hostel
Distance ridden today 0km
Total distance ridden 19,164km