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From Hami to Turpan :: Xinjiang, China: Hami to Turpan, Gansu, People's Republic of China
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From the morning of the second day out. After spending nearly all the previous day climbing out of Hami, this morning has been spent in practical free-fall. This is the bottom. Hungry and thirsty, I've stopped here to munch on a Hami melon (about the size and shape of a rugby ball, and tastes like a smooth, sweet, perfect cantaloupe). I'd found the thing on the side of the road.

Actually, this section of highway was a vegetarian's delight as the overloaded trucks were constantly dribbling their load onto the roadside. Tomatoes and onions I'd found had partially constructed the previous night's campsite dinner.

Anyway. There's a short, steep climb ahead. A truckstop at the top of the hill, then it's downhill nearly all the way to Shanshan. A deliciously long downhill. Forever and ever.

From Hami to Turpan :: Xinjiang, China
 
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