Folk Dancing and Driving

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.

Stewball's family of fans


 I had to post this family because they reminded me of our youngest grandchildren, Michael and Alexis.

On the road tomorrow to Yining.


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 Folk Dancing and Driving

  1. TBC says:

    I love any of those ethnic performances. So much has changed in this world, that it is a treat to see what used to be common fare.

    Glad Stewball is safe and sound.


    TBC and Arnie

    • ejhowle23 says:

      Last day in China. We are glad to be moving on. Once out of Beijing, our hotels and food have for the most part been very marginal. Today two border crossings, out of China and then into Kazakhstan. It could be a long day.

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