The story of the 600km from the border to Ürümqi is a short one: wide sand and stone desert all the way. I finish this leg of the journey in Ürümqi and fly to Singapore.

Pat & Brö have been living and working in Singapore for many years already and they invite me to visit them. The climate shock is brutal. Directly from the town furthest from any sea to the hot and humid tropics at the equator. It takes a few days until I am functioning again.

I am taking an extensive break, enjoy the incredible comfort of an own room, a kitchen and a fridge. The bike needs some maintenance and I myself could use a rest too.

While touring around town I cannot help myself wondering if this town has too much money and simply doesn't know what to do with it anymore. Truly incredible what they built here in the last couple of years...