You would think the best thing after 9 days of driving 10-12 hours without break would be the “rest day”. No, sir! The best thing that can happen to a parent who is on a long, long drive is a surprise visit from the son!! We just stood there at the room door in the middle of the night, unable to believe it was him. Were we missing him so much that he is in our dreams? No! It was him!
Oh and look what Anand brought along. The much looked-forward to batch of theplas! We can’t remember the last time we ate a chapati. Who knew the Chinese for “thepla” is, “a bright ray of sunshine.”
The rest day took Pushpa and Nishi to panda park while Anand and I took Sohum out for servicing.
Meanwhile, along with Sohum, I went for an over-alling too.
Rest day done, we visited a park which exhibited the oldest irrigation system known.
This sight-seeing meant an additional 3 hours to our usual 12-hour drives. So, we reached 1 AM of the next calendar day, after having left at 8 AM. A lot of fun, challenge and thrill was added to the dark-night drive with winding roads … and … wait for it … snowfall!
This is what most days this week were like. Through a variety of landscapes …
through snow, snow, and more snow …
and did I mention winding roads? Not enough.
Some times a picture just isn’t enough.
10+ days in China and no “Great Wall of China”, you must wonder where did the wall disappear. It is there, alright!
Along the way we crossed the halfway distance mark, 10,500 kms up!
Equally mesmerizing is landscape of this area…
That’s most of what we have been upto this week. Let us leave you with this merriment on the road side. Our group was singing and soon enough we gathered some bystanders. And India or China, everyone needs just a little push to join in the fun. And join he did!
Oh, just in case you are wondering if all is going well. We had a little bit of an upset – I lost my phone. Just in case, anyone is trying to get in touch, that’s why I haven’t responded. Oh well…only a small hiccup!
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Amazing experience it must have been for you, your wife and your lovely granddaughter! It was lovely to read and follow your journey.
Anand Really you are very lucky that you give so much proud to your parents, salute to grate SON keep it up brother**************
The visuals, your experiences, singing, theplas surprise……All in all a memorable reading for us. Keep moving sir and enjoy each day. One day at a time. May God be with you. Jai Gurudev!!!
Big Surprise from Anand.
Great going sir.
Really enjoying reading all your post….
Great. Enjoying reading every word u post……
Very very nice to see you, Pushpa Bhabhiji and Nishi.
See you soon after completion of mission.