Day 688 – CHINA (XINJIANG): From 45km east of Shanshan to somewhere 30km east of there


Today’s distance / ???????: 30km
Average speed / ????: 9.8km/h
Time on skateboard / ????: 3h 00m
Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 7703km plus 450km (?)
Ascent / ??: 350m
Descent / ??: 50m
End-of-day GPS coordinates: N43° 10′ 54.00″, E091° 38′ 12.80″

There are many factors which grind your patience and motivation to a mere resemblance of a stump. A boring landscape is one of them.

Endless, featureless desert east of Shanshan, Xinjiang, China

Flat and featureless, today was a tough one. Add to the boring surrounds a pair of legs that are three weeks out of shape, and you’ve got a tough day. Thoughts of giving up once I get to Hami are well and truely alive right now. But then a voice in my head reasons that this is the first full day on the board after three weeks off. Don’t be so hard on yourself. The voice is far away and non-descript however. I resolve to get a bicycle in Hami and cycle the rest of the way to Shanghai.

Endless, featureless desert east of Shanshan, Xinjiang, China

A nice sunset reminds me for a moment why I’m out here.

Sunset east of Shanshan over the Tianshan mountain range as seen from National Highway 312, Xinjiang, China

And then I pull off the road and try to sleep the night away, buffeted by wind despite my semi-sheltered spot in a dry water race (dumb idea, I know).

Sleep spot east of Shanshan on National Highway 312, Xinjiang, China


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