DAY 56 ‘Driver’ and his wife stayed in the ‘Discovery’ as the rest of us alternated between the two vehicles to snatch some kip.Stopping only for beers and some fine roadside dining as we ploughed non stop along the G30 highway to Urumqi… on through the Gobi desert with the Altyn-Tagh mountains marking the edge […]
'Driver' and his wife stayed in the 'Discovery' as the rest of us alternated between the two vehicles to snatch some kip.Stopping only for beers and some fine roadside dining as we ploughed non stop along the G30 highway to Urumqi... on through the Gobi desert with the Altyn-Tagh mountains marking the edge of the Tibetan Plateau keeping our company the full 1600km...stalwart and magnificent, never standing further than a mile to our left always.
It was a true non-stopper all the way, we rolled into the Landrover showrooms in Urumqi around 5;30pm. Turns out the leaking liquid was battery fluid, the problem was minimal. Mulling around the showrooms I noticed a huge, brilliant map of the world covering a whole wall. Now I have handed the camera to plenty a peep along the way and the Chinese bless them just don't get it. I would be blatantly doing a piece to camera and they would just wander off shot, often filming my feet and shins for some reason. Again I cannot stress the difficulty of either culture trying to express the simplest of notions to one another. I did not want to entertain the kerfuffle of getting this world map scene. I had to gate crash a meeting of around 30 serious looking Chinese blokes sitting on leather couches beneath the great map, to then go on and illustrate the halfway point of the journey and give a quick summary of whats gone on and whats yet to conquer. I had one shot and employed all 3 of my 'dream lift' companions to aid me. Judge for your self. The flip cam guy did a much better job than the guy on the main camera... I just crumbled and floundered, the 'mop' was all I could find as a pointing tool...I had 3 cleaning ladies waiting in the wings to grab it back once I was done.
That evening I was the guest of honor at a superb restaurant with 'dream lifts' mates...again the traditions, culture and method of dining Chinese style is another world warranting a small essay. One thing I did notice that we have in common is booze... however they power drink like students playing drinking games. This all made for a great evening as we all piled back to one of their friends and slept the night off.