June 22: Departed Urumqi for Kuytun a short drive on the China Route 66. We have been on the G30 forever and think we follow it all the way to the border which we cross day after tomorrow. Many more ethnic groups inhabit the region and Mongolian and Arab influences are evident in the markets and architecture.
We’ve even seen urts that I think are used by the many shepherds we have seen. The land is as diverse as the people. Today we drove through lush farmland, fields of sunflowers and snow-capped mountains in the background.
Last night we attended a Uighur folk dance performance. Obviously a tourist thing, but beautiful costumes and graceful dancers to be sure. It was interesting to experience the traditional dancing which included a performance by our own Jack and Mary Crabtree. They may not have been quite so graceful, but they certainly had fun and added to our evening.
Today, car issues involved Jerry’s Corvette. He had run over a jack handle in the middle of the road that he didn’t see in time to dodge and it had split the side of his tire. He had to change a tire today and that is a big deal since he runs different sizes on the front and rear. Luckily he had the right tire that he needed. Stewball is running well and we hope she continues to do so. I even had a chance to wash her down at the hotel.
I had to post this family because they reminded me of our youngest grandchildren, Michael and Alexis.
On the road tomorrow to Yining.