Today we took off from Minfeng and started making our way towards Hetian (Hotan). We enjoyed our time in Minfeng and we ate at a fantastic restaurant in the city center. We were cooking today on the bikes and we were covering a lot of ground. We reached a town called Keriya and we met a couple who are hitch hiking from the Ukraine and heading towards the unknown. They were nice company and they gave us hemp bracelets as a gift. In exchange we gave them some bananas....Good luck to the two of you and if you need help don't hesitate to call us！
We continued venturing through the city and we decided to stop to buy some water. There were a few kids around so we gave them a frisbee. Ho Young was playing with a couple of the boys and he tossed the frisbee towards one of the kids and the boy wasn't looking and it hit him right in the nose. The father came storming out of the store and took the frisbee and threw it on top of the roof. He was irate and told us we needed to take his son to the hospital....First off it was an accident and secondly, the boy was hurt for a moment and clearly didn't need any special attention. If Ho Young would have broken his nose, then of course we would have taken the appropriate action, but this was not the case....A bunch of locals appeared on the scene trying to calm down the angry father and I could tell they were on our side because they witnessed the act of charity and the accident that took place. In the end both sides couldn't understand one another and we climbed on to the roof to retrieve the frisbee and apologized for the accident that took place...
Today we cycled for 150 km and we decided to confront a family about staying on their property for the evening. We got rejected once prior to us finding a location; however, the police and head military official showed up on the scene...We still don't know how they found us, but I believe the word must have spread after we got rejected from the first family we confronted. The police told us we couldn't spend the night at this location because it was a matter of security....In the end we obeyed the officer's request and they placed us in a compound for the evening....We were disappointed because the family was very kind and we gave them our last soccer ball for showing us their hospitality.
Tomorrow we will be heading to Hetian which is 135 km away. We are now 650 km away from Kashgar...I can't believe our journey is almost coming to an end....I wish I could just keep on going to Kyrgyzstan...We are still waiting to hear from Decathlon about the equipment situation...We really hope it comes to us soon! All the best...
8/10/2012 03:09:41 pm
8/11/2012 05:56:05 am
8/10/2012 07:17:45 pm
Hi, well sorry to hear that small "accident". so do the boy's father forgive you and keep the frisbee? Good luck...
8/11/2012 05:56:53 am
Ebentually he cooled off...but it took some time...
8/11/2012 02:16:26 am
Hey guys! The end is near eh! Absolutely amazing but.... I think your tan needs a little work....you're looking a bit pale. Stop wearing the SPF 100...jeez.
8/11/2012 05:58:20 am
I got some coconut oil for the last 450 km to balance out the tan....
cease and tim
8/11/2012 01:17:43 pm
The end is in sight boys. Keep up the great work. Sorry to hear about the nose issue. Kids will be kids. Thinking of both of you out there.
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