Driving through Tibet
September 10, 2009 – 259 – Shigatse, Tibet
Spectacular (but dangerous) driving today. Our driver is absolutely insane and drives a minimum of 100 kph around gravel covered hairpin mountain curves with the back tires skidding (and sometimes squealing) behind. We have had our share of crazy drivers but this one seems the most ridiculous of all. At any rate, we were able to see some beautiful views of Tibet as we drove toward our home for the night, a little town called Shigatse.
During our day we drove up and over magnificent mountains, beside unbelievably colored lakes, and even endured a minor “cow block” along the way. Yamdrok Lake was definitely a high point and though the wind blows so cold high above it, we were ecstatic at seeing such a wonderous place.
When we finally arrived to Shigatse, we were surprised at getting a cheap(ish) but very nice hotel room for just the two of us. We even had hot shower and a TV! For supper there was virtually no option but we found a literal hole in the wall local joint where we could only order what someone else was eating since the menu was entirely in Tibetan. We ended up with yak fat fried rice.