This has been yet another hard and warm day. Started before eight to get up the mountain in front of me before it got too hot.
I planned for a detour at the end of the day to get straightened out a bit. I had less than half a litre of drink left, and wanted a proper meal.
Four guys that had been on a business trip in the area offered to drive me to the village just south of the Great Wall. They said it had about 5.000 inhabitants. They dropped me off at a Lu dian – a small guest house. The woman owner seemed to need some persuasion to take me as a guest.
When she understood I could speak some Chinese, and that I wasn’t going to tear down the place, she helped me no end! I was so grateful 🙂
First she took me to a restaurant and I ordered food. Then she showed me the shop where I bought 6 litres of Ice Tea for the next stretch. Then she pointed out the local bath house where she said I could take a long shower. Finally she told me that when I got back she would have everything ready so that I could wash my clothes. I should hire her help for the rest of the trip! I was so grateful.
So now I’m sitting here in the room with nothing on my upper body as it is hanging on a line outside drying. The only slight minus is that the guy I am sharing a room with is smoking.
I smell pretty bad after just three days walking. There is a lot of sweating involved walking up and down these mountains. It will good to go to sleep tomorrow relatively clean, and not stinking.
Some places I had to climb steep cliffs with hands and arms to follow the high ridge The Wall followed. Where there were not enough good grips to use safely, I had to detour in to the thick bushes beside The Wall. This was also hard work as the thorns rip up clothes, rucksack and skin alike.
After what I thought was two hours walking, I had walked only 3 kilometres. It turned out though, that out of the two hours since I started this morning, I had been standing still taking short breaks, photographing or considering where to walk for a whole hour!
11 kilometres today