Catch up

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!

Just part of the group at our hotel in Jiayuguan

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.

From the bottom
I really found this much more impressive than the Terra cotta warriors. The story of the warriors is fascinating but I really got tired of all those statues!  

At the top

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?

Enjoying this stop on the road to Paris,

About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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2 Responses to Catch up

  1. jackie salitan says:

    Well, Ed’s hand is on your shoulder, so body language suggests that you’re not on each others nerves in the small cabin of your vehicle, and I must say, Jan, that this adventure truly suits you because you look like a teenager in this picture with a grin that says “Hey, we’re having the time of our lives.” I love it! I wish you a smooth ride, comfy beds ahead, and many stories to keep sharing!

  2. TBC says:

    First, Jan and Ed, glad Stewball is hanging in there, albeitly not as smartly as one might hope. The Great Wall has always fascinated me. The work that went into building it and the magnitude of the project back when it was done is beyond comprehension.

    The motorcycle group sounded like fun. What serendipity to run into them!

    Hugs, from sunny Toscana,

    TBC and Arnie

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