Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Urumqi to Kashgar 22/07/08 Day 5

Nice hotel in Urumqi with a good breakfast. I wish we were staying longer. Thomas Damon , my roomie is a nice guy which is working out well. The other members of the solar eclipse team are nice as well. It can ruin a trip if there are hard to get along with folks on an adventure like this. I'm probably the hard guy. Its a non-stop tour. Every night almost is a new hotel and there is a lot of country to travel.Today we went on a 4 hour bus ride on very rough rode to a lake the Chinese think is something special. It's called Heavenly Lake and it is a reservoir tourist trap. They put in a crazy gondola that doesn't even go all the way to the lake. It was pretty but a billion people. This is a strange place, many extremely poor people with all these yuppie types all over. The bus rode over 6 hours on dirt rough rode then when we got to the pavement there was a piece of re bar sticking out of the cement at an overpass and the driver hit it. Blowout. We limped in and had a late dinner. Afterward we caught a plane for Kashgar. This was about 9 PM. Arriving at midnight.