15-Jul-2011 -- This attempt is part of a bicycle trip along the Great Wall of China. The story starts at 41°N 115°E. The previous report is 39°N 102°E.
As usual I had an early start at 5:30 AM departing from the town Ālāshàn Yòuqí (阿拉善右旗) with a beeline distance of 63 km to the confluence. Even though I hadn’t digested well the hot pot of the previous night and feeling accordingly weak, I simply didn’t want to oversleep the pleasantly cool morning.
At 11 AM I reached the turnoff from the main road at a distance of 14 km to the confluence point. There was an industrial facility protected by a high fence. At the intersection a big sign with engraved capital letters ’NO ADMITTANCE’ disinvited for any further attempt. Missing an alternative, I decided to skip this point, which is located remotely in the Lóngshǒu Mountain Range (龙首山).
Revisiting Google Maps, I saw that it should be possible to go around that facility. Then the road should bring a future confluence hunter quite close to his goal.
I continued the main road, climbed the mountain range and coasted down into the Héxī Corridor (河西走廊) in Gānsù province. I spent the night in the town Shāndān (山丹县).
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to an asphalt road: 14 km
- Distance to a track: 400 m (according Google Earth)
- Distance to houses: 700 m
- Time at turning around: 11:00 a.m.
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 14.1 km
- Topography: mountainous terrain
- Weather: sunny, 30° C (felt temperature)
- Description of the CP: In the Autonomous Region Inner Mongolia right next to the border of Province Gānsù, desert.
- Given Name: The NO ATTMITTANCE Confluence
Story continues at 39°N 100°E.