The wind was really strong today. I got plenty of sand in my eyes today, even though I used my sunglasses to protect them. Not very comfortable while wearing contact lenses.
There were lots of beacon towers along the route, but the actual Great Wall was harder to find. In the desert west of Shenmu I saw remains of it.
Before I reached Shenmu and started heading for the Northern part of town, I walked past something that lifted my heart.
A re-cycling station for beer bottles, glass and cardboard. I walked straight on to the area and took pictures. Although I have seen people collecting used bottles before, I have not until today seen what happens with them. Most Chinese still have a pretty relaxed attitude towards throwing things by the wayside. I hope this will change over the next years – and it probably will. On my way out I was closely escorted by two dogs. One of them got so close that I smacked it across the back with my walking stick.
When I got to the northern border of the town, I decided to go back to the hotel and treat myself to a good meal, wash clothes and get rid of the sand in my eyes.
12 kilometres today