Day 22 – Heavenly Lake to somewhere between there and Urumqi


Distance: about 60km

 Got away from Heavenly Lake late at 11am, and already the tourists were there in their hoards. I couldn’t believe that there was a like band playing cheesey pop music at a very loud volume at such a beautiful otherwise tranquil place. Are us humans that addicted to loud gaudy stimulus? It defeats me.

 Today’s camp spot was amongst the dry hills between Heavenly Lake and Urumqi. So quiet and still.

Desert campsite (somewhere between Urumqi and Heavenly Lake) / 烏魯木斉と天池の間

To get out of view of the road, I had to cycle about 1km into the hills on hard clay and foliage that included some nasty thorns. I am impressed with the tyres I am using though (the indestructible Schwalbe Marathon Plus). I counted 81 thorns in my tyres as I took them out (55 front, 26 back), but none caused a puncture.

Big meaty thorns cannot hurt these tyres! / このタイヤ、強いよ!これでもパンクなし (烏魯木斉と天池の間)

Big meaty thorns cannot hurt these tyres!/ このタイヤ、強いよ!これでもパンクなし(烏魯木斉と天池の間)

The dry hills were teeming with life.

Hey little fella (North of Urumqi) / おう、あなた!ちっちゃいな(烏魯木斉と天池の間)

Big beauty in small things (North of Urumqi) / 小さなもの、壮大な美しさ(烏魯木斉と天池の間)

Distance: about 60km

 Got away from Heavenly Lake late at 11am, and already the tourists were there in their hoards. I couldn’t believe that there was a like band playing cheesey pop music at a very loud volume at such a beautiful otherwise tranquil place. Are us humans that addicted to loud gaudy stimulus? It defeats me.

 Today’s camp spot was amongst the dry hills between Heavenly Lake and Urumqi. So quiet and still.

Desert campsite (somewhere between Urumqi and Heavenly Lake) / 烏魯木斉と天池の間

To get out of view of the road, I had to cycle about 1km into the hills on hard clay and foliage that included some nasty thorns. I am impressed with the tyres I am using though. I counted 81 thorns in my tyres as I took them out (55 front, 26 back), but none caused a puncture.

Big meaty thorns cannot hurt these tyres! / このタイヤ、強いよ!これでもパンクなし (烏魯木斉と天池の間)

Big meaty thorns cannot hurt these tyres!/ このタイヤ、強いよ!これでもパンクなし(烏魯木斉と天池の間)

The dry hills were teeming with life.

Hey little fella (North of Urumqi) / おう、あなた!ちっちゃいな(烏魯木斉と天池の間)

Big beauty in small things (North of Urumqi) / 小さなもの、壮大な美しさ(烏魯木斉と天池の間)


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7 thoughts on “Day 22 – Heavenly Lake to somewhere between there and Urumqi

  • Chris J

    Rob, the pictures are great as always. You seem to have done well in selecting the tires you did as well! It doesn't seem like you are having any difficulty with the climbs or altitude yet either. All that preparation has paid off. The views you are enjoying are certainly a nice reward for the work you put in to get there too!

  • Rachel Callander

    Hey Rob! Great stuf! I am sitting eating crumpets and raspberry jam while reading your website.. It's like a personal documentary show! A great way to do breakfast!

  • Aunty Jenny

    Hey Rob, I don't think your feet would have done as well as your tyres have!!! Have you tried eating any of those beatle things yet?