Bittersweet. That’s how it feels right now as it sinks in that I’m leaving tomorrow. I can’t wait to go home and start a new adventure in Colorado, but as I told Pat today, I feel like my body is finally ready to walk, and now I have to leave. For me, it’s day 20 on this expedition, and I feel like it always goes that three weeks into an expedition you feel like you could just keep on going forever. But alas, we will part ways tomorrow morning and I’ll just have to follow the Walk through blogs and pictures like everybody else.
It was sort of an anti-climactic last day, we just chilled in Dingxi again. But I’m actually quite happy having this as my last day. It means I have to spend one less day alone in China, and I don’t have to deal with an awkward bus or taxi ride; I can just take the train straight from Dingxi to Lanzhou. We spent the day trying to do some wrap up stuff before I leave, but as always, there just isn’t enough time in the day.
Our day ended with an evening journey for food in which we walked back and forth down many streets without food until we caved and just bought cookies and cream puffs. Finally we met an eager “English” speaker who took us to dinner and awkwardly hovered over us while we ate, refusing our ample offers to join.
On the way home Timb found his ice cream, and this time we all decided to join in. After all, hardly a day goes by without mention of this illustrious treat, so we wanted to see what all the hype was about. It was nothing special but, in a very non-Chinese fashion, the wrapper actually fully represented what was inside, so it gets bonus points for that.
Distance: 0 km
Total Distance: 672 km
End: Dingxi (定西)– hotel
Written by Conner