23-Jul-2015 -- This is the 12th out of 17 reports of confluence visits while cycling from Kashgar (喀什) to Xī'ān (西安). I cycled through the Chinese provinces of Xīnjiāng, Qīnghǎi, Gānsù, and Shǎnxī, 3600 km in 25 days. The story starts from 39°N 76°E. The previous report is 35°N 101°E.
In the morning, I started cycling from Kēshēng (柯生乡), which is located 40 km from the confluence point. As soon as I entered the limits of Gānsù Province, the road-surface wasn’t sealed anymore.
The confluence is located 5 km from the town Mǎqū (瑪曲县). There are two tracks leading to Mǎqū when coming from the west. In order to come close to the confluence, I had to take the lower and less frequently used route. As everywhere, yaks and shepherds are omnipresent in the area. I was happy, when I noticed that the confluence area was an exception: around the confluence no one was present. I parked my bicycle at the track in 580 m distance and ran across the flat meadow to the confluence as the crows fly. As could be expected I located the confluence on grassland. Edelweiss and other to me unknown flowers were growing around the point. The Yellow River can be seen directly from the confluence (from 700 m distance). There are two very poor villages within 1 km to the confluence point.
After the visit, I walked back to my bike and continued riding towards Mǎqū. I was chased by Tibetan dogs! Several times I had to throw stones towards them in order to defend myself. One time, a dog bit in my paniers! Nevertheless, I reached Mǎqū with two healthy legs and had my second breakfast there.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to the road: 2 km
- Distance to a track: 580 m
- Walking distance: 580 m
- Distance of bicycle parking: 580 m
- Time to reach the CP from the track: 3 min
- Time at the CP: 9:21 AM
- Measured height: 3341 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
- Position accuracy: 3 m
- Topography: flat, mountains in some distance
- Vegetation: grass, edelweiss, various flowers
- Weather: cloudy, 8° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Panier Biting Dog Confluence
The story continues at 34°N 103°E.