Huang is a very good guy who speaks about five more words in English than any of us can speak in Mandarin so we use “Handarin” a lot! (That’s when you point to what you want or to what you are saying! The first day was only 8 hours on the road and the roads were great to poor with only the continual passing of large trucks on Mountain roads as a concern for our safety. We walked the streets of Kand Ding and were the show of the evening as the only Caucasians in the small mountain town. We bought pastries, fresh fruit, and of course a 10 x 12 mm open end wrench and a carpenters pencil for 20 yuan (2.75). The room was kinda clean and we slept well, till 3:30. We packed and left at 4:40, After 10
minutes we were in pitch black on a mtn road that was being constructed and spent the next two hours in an Alfred Hitchcock movie as Huang passed on the sheer drop side with no guardrails and no lights, the dust was so thick at times that visibility was 10 ft and the road went from 8 to 14,000 feet at the apex. As we cleared the peak and found a two lane asphalt road we all cheered and Huang used one of his English words and a little Handarin as he lifted his finger shook it and repeated no! Two miles later we hit a road down through the foothills that lasted a good 6 hours and did not have a flat spot on it…..so bad at times it slowed us to a crawl. The day has been long and our 8 hour day is now 9 with 3 to go. We did enter Tibet though and the sites of the prayer flags and small villages are awesome.
God makes people in all shapes and sizes and due to language barriers we cannot communicate with words at times but one thing is for sure. Loving people always communicate in actions. Thank you all for all of your actions that have communicated love and given hope to our littlest brothers and sisters across our world.
Peace and Love,