The day The Ig and I reached Jiayuguan last January after restarting our trek, we checked into the Great Wall hotel, showered up and went downstairs to the hotel restaraunt. It was cold and completely empty, and the hostess led us to a back room, where we were shocked to see two foreign women eating at a table.
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Before I post any more videos on the main page, I have a question; does anyone else get a short shound clip from the most recent video after the main page has loaded? Having to hear my own voice every time I come here is irritating as shite! At any rate, step inside to see the two videos.
One of the most remarkable days in terms of discovering ancient remains happened back in January about 30k west of Guozhou in Gansu province. From a distance The Ig and I could see what looked to be a fort, but in order to see it up close, we’d have to walk about 7-10k out of our way.
Although I’d been ill the previous four days and wasn’t really up to the extra walking, I agreed to check it out. Cutting across fields, through patches of scrub and wading through silt that at times was ankle deep, we finally got close enough to see that this was definitely going to be something special.
Come one, come all, short and small! Forget about fishing for fuzzy little stuffed animals from the tank; go ahead and use the claw to grab your first pack of cigarettes!
Why wait until you’re an adult? Start killing yerselves today!
I refuse to partake in this particular freedom in China, because, well, it’s disgusting.
I’m still having trouble getting the proper page to load so I can arrange photos instead of having them show up in single file down the page. I have some great ones of wall west of Yumenguan, and I have a lot, but until I can place ’em where I want on the page, you’ll have to wait.
Now I’ll see if I can get another video to load…
No, I’m not going to babble on about sheep poo again; instead, it’s time to give ya’ll the scoop on what we’re doing.
After nearly 3 weeks of walking starting west of Yumenguan Pass in Gansu Province, The Ig, Adventure Turtle and I have made our way back to Jiayuguan. Ya’ll remember Jiayuguan, donchyas? No? Well, Jiayuguan is where we started our great wall walk last May. And why is it we’re back here, you ask?
After we’d finished at Shanhaiguan last November, we popped out to Yinchuan to visit the Other Wallnuts, Emma and Brendan. While out for a couple beers I mentioned Gayle Hall and how she’d walked the entire distance of the wall.
No, Brendan said, she’d stopped at Shanhaiguan.
Noooooooo, I squawked, she’d gone all the way to the last bit of discovered wall on the North Korean border and had therefore become the first person to do so.
“I’m pretty sure she stopped at Shanhaiguan,” Brendan reiterated.
At this point I’d already had a couple beers, and so I proclaimed, “If that’s the case, then we’re going back and doing it all, right Ig?!”
Got a new Random Photo Page up under “Yumenguan, Part 1”.
It’s again been quite a challenge, as everytime I tried to plug in my usb cord, the computer would zap off. This happened yesterday as well, but today I decided to ask for help after it happened a couple times. Of course, when the guy came over to check out the problem, it plugged in without the screen even flickering; just like taking yer car to the mechanic so he can hear the rattling, only to find it’s stopped when he takes it for a test drive.
The computer guy then proceded to show me how to open my photos, as that was obviously the problem and I was too dense to figure it out myself..doh!
Out here in Gansu’s desert there’s not a whole lot to do. The authorities, however, seem to have come up with an ad campaign as to how people should spend their free time; the mystery as to why most people drive like crap here is now solved.
(Rob and Marsh; photo displays a large yellow road sign proclaiming, “Do Drunken Driving.” Ha!)
Alright, I have a couple seriously cool videos to put up (think 3,000 year old, magestic, abandoned fort out in the middle of nowhere!!!), wall photos, and a fantabulous street sign, but at the moment nothing is loading…GACK!!
The Ig and I, however, are doing well and progressing nearly 30k everyday, and in about ten days we’ll letchyas know what it is we’re up to.
Until then, eat a couple cheeseburgers for me; although I packed on about 15 lbs after we finished and got back up to normal, I’ve since lost most of the beacon once again…*sob*!!
Shibble be with yoos! :~p
If it weren’t for the grace of the almighty Shibble, The Ig and I know we would’ve never made it as far as we have; when The Wallnuts are happily marching in circles to the tune of circus music, it’s Shibble who gives us a smack on the back of the head and points us in the right direction.
Today being no different, The Ig and I were happy to come off the trail to find a building with a sign proclaiming it to be a Nature Reserve. We’d spied the building yesterday and hiked there today in hopes they’d have a phone to call a cab; if we could catch a ride out, then we wouldn’t have to retramp ground we’d already covered.
There were three men waiting at the gate when we approached, and we were ushered inside to a nice warm room and given hot water to drink.