We made it to Turpan! The region is known for its grapes and wine, and the street our hotel is on is covered in grape vines.
It has been very hot the last few days, although they keep telling us that Turkmenistan will be much hotter. Turpan is in a giant hole in the earth, going down to about 200m below sea level. For us it means that the next few days we will be riding uphill! Also, I saw two camels on the side of the road.