06-Jun-2004 -- 不久前从网上看到这项户外活动，感觉很有意思。翻开地图看一看，以前旅行中的很多路线都与这些点相距不远，只是没有意识去拜访。
06-Jun-2004 -- I found this outdoor activity while surfing on the web, and feel interesting. I look the map, found some of my past travel routine are very close to these confluence points, just not be aware of.
I select N41E115 as my first visit point. It is at the north of Zhang Jia Kou City, close to the county road alone a river, it should not be difficult to be visited, unless it is covered by the water.
Today is 6th June 2004, Sunday. Together with two friends from travel services, we drive north along the highway. These friends need to visit a tourism point first, it is a sands area. We spend about one hour at this site and then continue the journey. While passing the Xuan Hua county, we see this old town's wall along the road It is a bigger town.
After the lunch in Zhang Jia Kou, we move to the direction of Chong Li County. We visit a part of Great Wall on the midway
After passing a village named Chao Tian Wa, we turn left to the north. From the GPS' indication I know we are closer and closer to the target. Finally we reach a closest point on the road, just 900 meters away from it. There are farming land and tree nursery between the road and river, the target must be over there. Unfortunately, there is not road for vehicle. Sounds we still have enough time, then we continue move forward to see if there is a way along with the river. The road from hereafter is under construction. After about two kilometers, we see a bridge and a village, there is a road there direct to the river bed.
There are traces of vehicle on the road, but not motor vehicles. The river almost dry, I step on the sand bet, it is solid. Then I drive forward cautiously and we are happy to be in the valley. But just after a while, we are caught by the sand and can not move anymore. We try all the methods and tools we can find, but still can not make the car out of the sand. We need help. I leave two friends there and go back to the village. The valley is beautiful, with farming land and trees at one side, and cliff at another side. I can also hear of singing of a lot of birds. If there is more water there, it will be much better, but not now. The sky is cloudy and some raindrops fall on my head. I must be hurry up.
The villages around here are not rich, or say are poor, I only find some motor tricycles in the field to carry rocks. A farmer tell me that there is a mine, 10 minutes walking distance, maybe I can find something useful. Well, it is true, I find there is a 2020 there (like a Jeep), but the driver tells me that they will leave very soon, it is only 4X2. I continue walk along the road, but find nothing useful.
I decided to turn back, maybe I can just ask for a dozen people to help me. I still keep looking around and wish to find something. Suddenly I see there is a Jeep coming to me. I was very excited and stop it. The driver is a middle-aged man, and very nice, he turns round and drives me to the valley. He is an experienced man, take my car out of the sand quickly, and strongly ask me leave the riverbed.
We drive back to the closest point on the road, there is a school, I park the car besides its gate, and then we walk along a small irrigation channel to the west. We pass through farming land and tree nursery, arrive at the riverbank. The GPS indicates that there is still 300 meters. It means we need cross the river. There is just a few water in the river, it is easy to cross it, only 100 meters left now. We walk along the river, getting closer and closer, but finally a hill stops us while just 20 meters remained.
The hill is not too high and not cliffy, I follow a tracks move up easily, but find I have left the target point behind, it must be at the slop beneath. However, I move downward step by step, and look at the GPS readings on each step. I finally stand on the target point after a few minutes adjustment! The valley looks great from the hill. I take some photos and then go back. The cloud now is dispersed by the wind and the sunshine spreads on the mountain and the filed, the scenery around is changed immediately, the gray valley became lively.
The sunset glow accompany us on the journey to home, we take the same way as coming here. Nothing special except a lot of big lorries.