June 17: 2:45 pm. Already in the Silk Road Resort hotel in Dunhuang. A town founded during the Han Dynasty in 111BC. This place makes up for last night-that one was “best available” and that included a rock-hard bed, cold shower and Motel 6 food. The good part was meeting up with a group of Global Motorcycle riders, Americans and Canadians, traveling from Istanbul to Xi’an. 8000 miles. They are also booked with Mir Corp. so Doug asked if we wanted to meet them one night- and we thought we were hardy!
We have two nights here in Dunhuang. Since I have some time, and internet, I’ll catch you up on some of our activities and sites since some have asked for more photos.
Let me back up to the Great Wall. I never did get to share that experience. Yesterday we had a photo opt at the most Western end. I must say, this was not nearly as impressive as the Juyyongguan section near Beijing.
Now here is the section we climbed near Beijing. I even have a plaque to prove I did it! It is overwhelming to think that this section dates to the Ming Dynasty-1366-1644 and stretches over 3,800 miles. The western section is much older and dates back nearly 2,000 years.
Ed is out searching for an engine repair shop, and once he returns, I’ll post an update on Stewball. Just to say, we did drive today. The engine is still cutting out, but no worse than yesterday. When the time is right (not the middle of the night in the US, he will call Mid America Motor Works to see if he can get cylinder heads shipped in and how fast?