Having nothing much to do at 5 o’clock this morning I jumped in my clothes and raced out to Jiayuguan Fort to catch the morning sunshine. I had only planned for this day for one year and two weeks, the last two times I tried being overcast. What a cruel fate – it’s never overcast here.
Jiayuguan Fort! How many hours have I spent gazing at thee?
But the Silk Road waits for no man and this afternoon it’s back on the train. Hard sleeper this time – enough of this soft living mollycoddled and separated from the plebs! If I can’t get a good night of cards with geezers I must hang myself from the highest beam.