Today I saw three farmers and one shepherd in the distance, but spoke to none of them. Whilst walking the Great Wall, I noticed for the first time that this is taking its toll. Not physically, but mentally. Don’t know if it’s the extra heavy rucksack, or the fact that I spent half the day walking in pretty lose sand, or that I’ve been at this for so long that it’s starting to show. Anyway – I had a short talk with my brother which was very nice.
The sun sets at six o’clock now, and it is dark an hour later. I like to have the tent up by seven and write this report and eat. By the time that’s done, there isn’t much to do but sleep. Everything else uses batteries which I have limited amounts of. I should start getting up earlier. Therefore I have placed my tent where it will be hit by the sun tomorrow morning. That is if there is any sun.
The walking was hard today. No high hills, but I was constantly winding my way through the desert dunes. 23 km walking has resulted in only 15 or 16 km in a straight line. As I am still using my jogging shoes, the shrubs I walk though quickly find their way into my shoes, and often need to be emptied of small twigs and sticking seeds. The sand gets into them as well and quickly occupy the space for my toes making size 46 shoes turn into slightly painful size 44 shoes.
Anyway – the rucksack will be lighter tomorrow, and hopefully so will my spirits.
23 kilometres today