Monday, 30 June 2014
Climbs in a day over 3000m : 2
Distance travelled to 1 July : 11,000km (Ed. note: this is the Toyota's total; due to crew slackness there is no logbook evidence to credit Horace and Stanley with more than an estimated 9000km)
Breakages : 2 rear wheel bearings
Repairs : footbrake linings renewed
Longest day : 580km
Longest tunnel: 10.4 km
Longest descent : 45 km at 3.4 degrees including a circular tunnel then on bridges and road viaduct two lanes each way.
Biggest crowd puller : Hotan swarm and wooden wheels
Highest speed : 80 km/hr (downhill)
Punctures : 0
Dings: 1 - backed in to a wall , pushed a taxi
Narrow escapes : 100's in traffic at intersections when its a relative free-for-all from all directions.
Rewards : new points
Petroleum usage : about 7km/Lt
Coldest day : Snow on the Tibetan plateau and in Hexian corridor pass and south of Dunhuang
Best rain : Tropical downpour in Lao for 50km.
Drinks : China 93 octane fuel, clean and readily available.
Most Scenic spot : Lake Lugu
Best Lunch spot : smoked pork n noodles