In Transit: Entering China at Irkeshtam Border Post Part II
- Terrible night sleep racked by fever and many other symptoms. Two days later we would self medicate for giardia.
- No breakfast or tea to start the day. I can do no food, but no hot tea is always a tough start to the day.
- Chatting for 30-minutes with the friendly Kyrgyzstan border guards prior to being put on a truck through no-man’s land
- Breezing through the China border post at Irkeshtam. It was like yesterday had never happened.
- Encountering a herd of wild camels wandering the stunning barren mountains of China.
- Spending five hours in a Scania truck with a Kyrgyzstan driver who could really drive. He gave us a flawless display of how to drive a big rig on an incredibly rough road (it took us five hours to go 142-km). A ride I’ll never forget.
- Hearing the sound of the China immigration stamp being punched into my passport. That was a sweet sound.
- Walking out the immigration exit, sitting down on the steps, looking up at the China flag and realising we did it – we finally came overland into western China despite all the hoops and uncertainty we encountered along the way. That was a great feeling.