It’s always hard to leave a good place, knowing that there is only that much more walking through the nothingness ahead:
I had picked the hotel I was staying at simply because of its name – Journey To The West Hotel 西游酒店, and it had definitely been the right choice.
Everyone was so friendly to me!
Today it was time to say goodbye though:
And then I had to go out into the rain:
Yes, rain. And yes, Gobi desert. Real nasty combination:
Are you also wondering about the white foamy stuff on the road? I had seen it before (the NYHC special move), and today when I asked someone they told me that it had to do with the pH-value of the asphalt or something. Hm… I guess I could live with that.
Still it was pretty nasty to get sprayed by every large truck coming my way though.
Remember me proudly proclaiming that the Gobi lay behind me now (is this the end?)? Well, it does in a way, but there are still some small patches here and there for me to cross on my way to Ürümqi:
Today wasn’t much: after about 20km of plain nothingness I reached a village that was nestled in a green patch at the foot of the Tianshan 天山 mountains:
There was supposed to be a hotel around here, so I just kept walking down the main road, past the little ones…
…and past the grown-ups:
Once I walked by a beautiful traditional grill somewhere, but I guess it was too early to try out the lamb sticks:
Then I arrived at the hotel and went into my room:
Why the candle though?
Well, the whole village was going to stay completely powerless tonight due to maintenance work on the grid.
So the hotel people had given out candles to everyone.
…there I was all by myself, in a room with a candle in a hotel full of strangers, somewhere in the Gobi desert.