Well, our staff writer, Rachel, is on a well deserved break, and so you are left with me for a few days to keep you up to date on the latest goings-on, along the Silk Route.
Today was one of those days where this expedition feels like a vacation. The 120km from Dunhuang flew by along the quiet road with near perfect smooth pavement. No winds to speak of and only the gentlest of climbing. To our left for most of the day was a railway line, with the occasional passenger train streaming past us. To our right, we were accompanied by beautiful hills that extended from the magestic dunes in Dunhuang. It was a nice contrast to the flat desert road we traveled on.
Leaving Dunhuang was cold, as most mornings have been over the past few weeks, but by the time we arrived at the lunch truck it was a very comfortable 20 degrees or so.
The caves and dunes in Dunhuang seemed to be a highlight of the tour for many of the riders.
At sunset, the dunes look idyllic. The knife edge peaks of the dunes slither across the horizon into the distance with the colours emphasized by the late day sun.