Posted by lowellr | Filed under Total Solar Eclipse: Live from China
The drive back to Urumqi felt a bit faster than the trip out. It was pretty hot, probably above 40 °C most of the way. In contrast to our trip to Yiwu (the outbound trip), it actually rained a bit, creating a cooler surreal trip across the desert. It’s hard to ignore the irony that Beijing has been dying for rain to cut down on its airborne pollution, while Xinjiang was engulfed in clouds and rain, scaring eclipse chasers with every breeze. (Of course, today we know it worked out). Below is a time-compressed video of of our trip out to the Weizi Gorge (Yiwu) along China’s cloud-covered Silk Road.