Yesterday we woke up a early to get fresh start. We are meeting so many cyclists out here in Qinghai doing the the tour of the lake and we are the only riders rocking a t-shirt and shorts....We are consistently riding now at an elevation of 3500 meters so it gets very cold in the mornings and evenings... so Ho Young and I decided to purchase a couple of stylish Tibetan jackets in a town called Gangca. We are already carrying a heavy load and I don't know exactly where the jackets will fit, but we look good!
In China there are many three wheelers called " San lun Che" and the farmers are usually sporting these rides. We are constantly battling these beauties uphill and we are always trying to beat these vehicles because we are trying to escape the black smoke that comes out of the xhaust...We had a great battle with one family and we took the victory. We gave the boy a soccer ball once they reached the top of the hill.
We are getting far west and we are at the northwest tip of Qinghai lake. The towns are very stretched out, but we are coming across small villages in which we make our visits. Even though we are traveling through impoverished areas the people are still showing us acts of charity...Yesterday we received a jar of honey for giving a family a soccer ball, we tried to resist, but they were adamant that they give us something in return...
We made a stop in a small village before Gangca and a boy escorted us to find the children. The boy who directed us to the kids spoke a little English and was taking control making sure everyone was satisfied, I referred to him as the "boss". He was very helpful and you could tell he will be a great leader. He was the gentlemen to the left with the sideways hat.
Before we finished our day we came across a small community that was in very poor condition...There were many children playing on a rundown basketball court so when we showed up with some gear they were losing their minds! Play creates chaos especially at the beginning stages and when I watched these children I really felt that our vision was being fulfilled. These children don't have much and you could see how much it meant to them receiving a gift. It was a nice way to end the day.
We have now delivered six loads of equipment to children and youth across China. Everyday we get closer to our final destination which is Kashgar...Last night we got booted off someone's property at 11:30 pm so we had to move our camp to another location...We are going to start a little later today because our sleep was disrupted...Wish us luck as we cross the desert and keep on pushing west. All the best!
Ho Young and Hayes.