June 13: Left our beautiful hotel in Pingliang. The best stop yet. Lovely property with gardens, fountains, pools, walking paths.Quite new. Wish this had been a 2 night stop but we traveled on to Lanzhou where we will stay an extra night. For the first time, I can’t use the internet in my room. Some others can, but I will go to the business center in the morning and pay to post this.
OK, duct tape. So as not to distress anymore toll booth attendants, Ed duct taped our license plate to the underside of the right side visor. So now when we approach a toll booth, we just flip it down! Very clever man. Who knows what additional uses we will have for it before we are done.
We traveled more secondary roads today which produced much shaking and bumping of the cars. Jerry’s Corvette didn’t like the pot holes at all and he has an unidentified rattle that most likely will require pulling the right rear wheel off. We will loan him our jack stands for his diagnostic look in the morning.
Today was my birthday and at dinner, I was surprised with a cake with candles. It all got sort of mixed up since Ed and I opted to have dinner alone in the hotel restaurant that had Western food. We had lamb chops, French fries and a Caesar salad. We have had some very good Chinese food, but it is nice to have a change. As a gift, I have a bottle of Chinese “wine”, 42% alcohol! I haven’t opened it yet. Thank you Doug and Mir Corporation for my birthday celebration. Hopefully I will get photos from those who had cameras there.
Already Tuesday and this is how everyone spent the morning off. We canceled the tour of the city and a visit to a museum. We will do a boat tour of the Yellow river in the afternoon. Left is Jerry and Roy, right is Clay.
More from the road tomorrow.