We met some Chinese cyclists yesterday and they convinced us to go up into the mountains today. We'll pop out at the same place but add several more days and lots of elevation before we reach the Kazakhstan border. It's about to get real! 14,300 foot pass here we come! 😳
While Ben's wheel was with the mechanic, we sat on the steps of the bike shop, watching the Tour de France play on an iPhone with Chinese commentary. A fellow Chinese cyclist made sure we were well cared for all day - lunch, bike movies, badminton, and hotel. Again, great hospitality!
We stopped into a little restaurant in the middle of nowhere for a late lunch. The family running it was very friendly. A few broken English and Chinese words were enough for conversation. They were amazed that we are traveling by bicycle. In the end, they refused to take our money. We're thankful for their generosity!