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on gravelroad to ali

written in : ali (CHINA) on : 2005-10-12 08:56:35.0 kilometer: 0

after I reached road nr. 219, I met the five other cyclists i met in kashgar. I cycled only two days with them because they were too fast. and I felt exhausted because of the strong cough and diarrhoe. I even looked for a truck. but the certainty that five other cyclists were just one day ahead gave me new energy. after three days in tianshuihai I catched up with Dror from Israel and Silvan from France. with them I cycled to ali. the ride across the aksai chin plateau was really impressive. there we came never under 4800 ms. but there was a lot of sand and dirt road. in sumix we were happy to stay in a simple tent at 5050 ms. in domar I had contact with tibetan people for the first time. there are now two shops with apples and pears! before we reached rutok we saw the wonderful nyak lake, where we ate real good fish. rutok has now a one km asphalt road. but afterwards the road is as bad as before.
ali is still growing. at the PSB we had to pay a fine of 350 yuan. but this included also a permit for 30 days. I think I will reach lhasa in this time.


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