I’d be lying if I said one reason why I don’t mind being exactly a week behind my original schedule is because it makes it easier to adjust the calendar I made without creating too much of a mess on the page (perfectionist here). The plan remains the same according the days of the week, I just needed to change the little numbers that signify the dates in the corner of each box. In preparation for leaving Kashgar tomorrow, I also stocked up food and made what better be a final visit to an ATM so I could purchase the food I need for the next two and a half days. What I got isn’t very exciting, but it should support me until I reach Sary Tash in Kyrgyzstan. My level of irritation at simple annoyances tell me it’s well and truly time to leave Kashgar and China. For instance, Chinese people seem to make as much noise as humanly possible when undertaking what could be silent tasks, and what should be silent tasks in a shared room at 11.50pm – I say this because a guy has just barged in, switched on the light and proceeded to throw his things around as if competing in a ‘who can make the loudest racket’ contest. Normally someone might be forgiven such a fault, but I’m sick of it happening all the time. Yep, it’s time to get the hell out of here. I pumped up my tyres in readiness and read over the information I have about the border crossing over Irkeshtam Pass. I just received a message from Torsten and Lisi saying the Chinese border guards are the meanest officials they’ve met yet.

To the night market

Accommodation $ Hostel
Distance ridden today 0km
Total distance ridden 19,462km