Although The Ig and I stood in awe under this sign today,
(Rob and Marsh; photo shows a street sign declaring Shanhaiguan just 65k away)
it still hadn’t really sunk in that we’re a mere two days away from Shanhaiguan. We’d planned on catching a bus to Qinhuangdao when we finished walking; a short day’s walk from where we left off and a short day’s walk to Shanhaiguan, it was perfectly situated.
Before we could catch a bus, however, a police car pulled over.
Where you guys goin’? Want a ride?
And once again; in the back of a cop car? Hell yeah.
They took us to the Beidaihe bus station, told us what number to catch to Qinhuangdao, and then whipped out their camera. For a moment I pictured the technician developing their roll of film and flipping through the pictures; a fleeing criminal, a pedestrian mangled between cars, crime scene photos, and two grinning, slobbering lao wei standing next to the cop car. Sweet.
We snapped a photo before they left as well.
(Rob and Matsh; photo shows me with the two officers standing next to their car)
Beidaihe and Qinhuangdao both sit on the Bohai sea, and about halfway through our bus ride we got our first glimpse of the water. I could hardly believe what I was seeing.
“What the hell is that?” I gasped. “What…is that chunks of styrofoam all over the beach?”
“Uhhh,” Ig started, “that looks an awful lot like ice and snow…yee-ah, that’s ice and snow.”
Big chunks of ice and snow. We’re definitely not in the Gobi anymore, Toto.
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