The Mountain Climbs Begin - 128 kilometers LongDe -- Sun, Jul 24, 2005 We had lunch in PingLiang -- the first larger town in Gansu off of 312 and it has a large muslim influence. Many mosques (or mosque like buildings) and more than half of the people wearing head caps or head scarfs. The people were very friendly and interested in what we were doing. I had a great lunch of potatoes and stewed beef -- I have been craving that.
And then the mountains came -- I can't tell you how beautiful it is out here. We did some serious climbing -- this is what I live for... Switchbacks define serious climbing and there was about twenty of them and then a 2km tunnel that they wouldn't let me go through. They made me hitch a ride in a car... Well its only 5,062 kilometers now... damn it ;)
We're staying in this small mountain town that is surrounded by beauty (pictures will come when I get to a faster internet bar). The people are very friendly and a lot of younger people want to practice their English.