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I had bought 6 large water bottles, a considerable amount of butter cookies and a massive water melon, and stuffed it all into the big white box, along with my backpack and a basic repair kit.

Then we finally made it out of town, the Caboose and I:

with Caboose

You’ve probably guessed it: walking without all the weight on my back felt so good!

The fertile valley just kind of flowed by in a breeze:


I noticed that there were these rocks holding down some yellow papers on every bridge that I passed:

good wishes for the traveler

But there was no one to ask around, so I meditated on this thing for a while and then figured I might as well drop the thought and be happy with what I had: a day of gentle walking with my loyal Caboose, Caboose, Caboose.

Once I passed through a little village, and someone asked me to take a picture of this little friend:


His eyes were so black and so big, I could actually see my own reflection in them…

This was not the only beautiful thing in the valley though.

There were flowers…


…tree-lined avenues…

way home

…and the clouds, always the clouds…


I wasn’t too tired when I got to the little village of Shajingzi later that day:


…you want to see the caboose in action?

Well, here she is:


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Huanghuang ้ป„้ป„ the dog is her personal guard for the night.

  • Fiona

    that's cool!!
    hehe, it looks like a moving your heavy stuffs have a home. ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Barry aka Ba Lli

    Nie die Hände frei, bemerkt der alte Krittler. Aber 30 km, das überzeugt.
    Wahrscheinlich tun Dir jetzt nicht mehr die Füße sondern die Arme und Schultern weh.


  • Hermann

    na dann, hübsch ist er nicht, dein caboose: nenn ihn doch bollerwagen.


  • claudia

    na dann: happy caboosing! ;-D


  • Florian (Flo Li Anh)

    Crusing – caboosing, na das ist aber mal eine ungewohnte Fortbewegung. Hehe.


  • John

    Those beautiful flowers are hollyhocks! and i think the yellow papers on the bridge are meant as offerings (similar to prayer flags) for dead relatives, but i'm not positive of that. nice cart, btw. you could always name her Dolly! which is what she is!


  • Gisela

    Na endlich – da ist sie ja! Ich denke, ein chinesischer Name wäre nicht schlecht. "Weisse Begleiterin" oder so was ähnliches übersetzt.
    Jetzt gibt es endlich wieder diese schönen Landschaften zu sehen. Wie ist den das Klima jetzt?


  • ataraxia

    haha, very useful it seems.

    hope it can help you with the trip.


  • Steven

    Hi, Hi,
    Mr. Ice cream…!!
    Can I have a………


  • Christoph

    Fiona: Hey, you put that in a very nice way "they have a home" – I like that thought! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Barry aka Ba Lli: Geht. Aber vielleicht muss ich tatsächlich irgend eine Lösung mit Gurten oder so finden, damit ich die Hände zumindest zum Haareraufen freihabe.
    Hermann: Nicht so laut, die Caboose ist doch so schüchtern!
    claudia: Hehe
    Florian (Flo Li Anh): Bin im Schnitt ein halbes km/h schneller als mit Rucksack, toll was?
    John: Hey, the caboose says thanks for your nice words! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Gisela: Ist sehr warm, aber hier in der Gegend wenigstens nicht zu trocken, und wenn der Wind um die Bäume streicht, dann ist es schön, sehr schön.
    ataraxia: Yeah, I hope so too!
    Steven: Haha, maybe I should get a melodic horn like the ones on old ice-cream trucks?


  • jule

    und da sind sie wieder, die wunderschönen fotos…. ๐Ÿ™‚
    mit dem wägelchen wird es aber mir querfeld ein ab jetzt nix mehr, gell!


  • Joshua

    Caboose incarnate

    So fun to review your steps

    Now in 2020
    And see this pivotal moment



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