Day 94: The Silk Road has a Strong Pulse


We awoke early enough to watch the sunrise. The orange mountain peaks were slowly dripping color down their slopes as we ate breakfast. Breakfast was lamb meat dumplings dipped in vinegar and hot pepper sauce. At the door, a few locals greeted us with the usual excitement and curiosity about us and our trailers. The peoples’ reactions who ask are ever-elating as we distance ourselves from Xi’an in their amazement at how far we’ve come, and this is usually asked a few times in different ways to ensure they have understood correctly. (From where? You walked? From Where? And you didn’t take a car? Lì Hai!—Awesome!) The reaction of our final destination seems to be getting easier to accept or maybe we’re just getting better at explaining it—probably both.


From town, we entered yet another expanse of flatness with the occasional scar left in the landscape by one seasonal river or another. Either way, they are all dry now. As we continue along our asphalt companion, route G312, the torrent of trucks shipping goods to and fro and the random Ford or Chevy passing by reminds us that the ancient silk road is alive and well.


Not that cold today and very pleasant for walking. Although a bit smoggier than usual, the afternoon sun was all but hidden and we didn’t realize we had arrived at our intended destination until we were already there. Considering we could almost see our destination before we set out for the day, it was a truly oppressive amount of smog that settled over us as the day went on.


Distance: 26 km

Total: 1509 km

End: Xiàhéqīngxiāng (下河清乡 - down river clear village) — Hotel



Written by Pat

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Comments: 3
  • #1

    Adam Duchac (Wednesday, 28 March 2018 03:14)

    Hi Guys!

    Adam Duchac from SCIS here (I worked with you both on the Yangshuo trip last year). We're just starting a Silk Road unit with grade 7 and were wondering if you guys have Skype capabilities? Our kids would love to hear about what you're doing.

    Hope you guys are doing well!

  • #2

    Adam Duchac (Wednesday, 28 March 2018 19:48)

    Oh yeah, my email is aduchac@scis-china.org

  • #3

    Kathy (Monday, 23 April 2018 01:57)


Silk Walk Expedition


Our mission is to walk from one symbolic end of the Silk Road to another weaving together stories of People, Places, and Purpose.




Наша миссия - пройти от одного символического конца Шёлкового Пути до другого, переплетая истории различных Мест, Людей, и их Целей.