Rhino Cam #13 – China (Xinjiang)
We are racing through China. We don’t quite know how we’ve made it so far, so fast, but we’re not complaining. The huge, desolate province of Xinjiang in north west China seems like a long way back now, but here’s what happened during those hot, windy weeks of empty desert.
Our time cycling in Xinjiang was dominated by big fast roads, enormous lorries and a schizophrenic relationship with the wind. On some days we would cycle well over 200km on other days we would struggle to make 100km. The wind was everything to us. We just had to pray for more good days than bad. Wind farms, aren’t good places to cycle we discovered having both been blown off the road. The wind actually forced me over the embankment and then flipped the bike over landing on top of me. Thankfully some kind locals stopped and climbed down the embankment to lift the bike off me. Scary stuff. We lived out of the petrol stations that were scattered across the desert and survived on a diet of pot noodle and water. We didn’t see a single other traveler during our time in Xinjiang and it was pretty clear why. There was simply nothing there apart from wind farms and the odd city that would rise up out of the desert floor.
It was a big barren wilderness, but we enjoyed it. We think we’ve got the hang of deserts now…
Will! We are all watching your Kyrgyzstan video on Johann’s laptop – I am green with envy! Press day here, welcome distraction. Hope you guys are keeping safe and enjoying the views and experience. About to settle into your China vid soon.
Really enjoying watching the rhino cams, really interesting to see all the different landscapes and cultures you are seeing. I wasn’t expecting China to be so barren for some reason, but not surprised at the crazy modern developments. Congratulations for getting to the half way mark what an amazing thing you are doing. We will donate when you get to America and a certain miss Clark joins! Take care both, keep giving great beard and look after your bodies !
Daf and Rach on the little welsh hill xx
I am now going to pour myself a stiff drink!
Hi you guys,
Hard to grasp what you are experiencing. Watched your you tube video, the area looks as harsh as anything I’ve seen. Hang in there my thoughts are with you.
Looking forward to seeing you soon.
Congrats on reaching the halfway mark.
Love the fu manchu moustache Johan!
Johan, The majority of the beard can stay, but those pieces that are starting to leave your face as add-ons to the Tash. Those need to go! (I’m also thinking Will’s beard, which is impressive, is probably adding a fair amount of wind resistance!)
Congrats on halfway mark, keep going guys! You are officially starting to cycle back home!
You’re wrong there cuz! The extra little bits are where the key is – I’ve obviously got a lot still to teach you. You wait until you see them styled with a bit of bike grease.
congratulations – half way round the world. Brilliant weekly entertainment – I don’t want it to end. Would love to offer you both a good old scrub up and a chance to visit my beauty and hair salon!! I will make the necessary bookings. tons of love Annsie Pannsie xxxooo
Thanks Annsie, although I fear we may be beyond the help of a beauty salon at the moment. Maybe a carwash! xx