Hot. Hot. Hot. Dry and Dusty.
The Kara-Kum Desert in Turkmenistan might have been a few degrees hotter then the Gobi but two days ago was unlike anything I have ever experienced. We left Hami on our way to Dunhuang (413km / 257miles) at 8:00am and it was already pretty hot. We were told that there was going to be a 90km / 56 miles section of road construction that was going to be slow and dusty but I never expected so many trucks and so much dust. Dunhuang is in the Gansu province and all vehicles need to pass through a toll gate to get into the province. As we approached the boarder there was a line of cars and trucks at least 2 miles long waiting to pass through the toll. We made our way to the front of the line and passed through the toll. (For those of you that are not motorcyclists, we don't like waiting in traffic when we have the ability to pass it. This sometimes upsets the other drivers but that does not matter to us except when a truck or car tries to close a gap or squeeze us between two other vehicles. There were only a few aggressive truckers and for the most part they made room for us to pass through.) After the toll the real fun began.....
The following photos can only begin to show you how tough this road was.
I took this photo just after a truck had passed me and another one is starting to appear in the dust.
The dust from the first truck cleared for a second and here comes the next one.
This is what it looked like after he had passed.
This is Jeff riding toward me and then after he passed.
Here is what Nicolas and Chris looked like after completing the construction zone.
We spent two days in Dunhuang and yesterday we traded our motorcycles in for a more traditional form of desert transportation.
If you are not the lead camel the view never changes....
My new friend....