2009/02/15: Moshao 90 km
We are on a road that was never a main road. It will be at least three more days till we return to a more travelled route. We look forward to the next three days.
It feels as if we have stepped into another world, and it feels as if few of our kind have been here. The scenery is spectacular with steep terracing above us and below us, a smooth mountain road rising to 2,050 m in the first km and dropping spectacularly to m in the next km. The various minority people are welcoming and friendly, and we stopped for a lunch that turned into language lessons as a thirteen year old brought out his English schoolwork, and his father wrote characters for me. Our payment for lunch was refused, but Chris purchased the men a bottle of baijiu (strong booze with which they had plied Chris) which was well received.
After lunch, we carried on to the pass and exhilarating descent through various traditional types of land use.