The following day, however, went somewhat differently than planned. After I had a last look at the view of the fantastic sunrise from the roof terrace, the trip was supposed to proceed to Seda, the biggest Buddhist institution of learning in the world. Especially for me, this would be one of the highlights of the motorbike tour in China, and I could hardly wait. A white papel allee led us out of Ganze, back into the pasture country.
However, after we had crossed another winding pass, we ran into a passport control station at the gates of Seda. And, although the police apologised profusely to us, they could not, for some reason, allow us to pass. So we turned back. Sadness on our faces. We stopped at a rest area, Hendrik got out his maps, and, in under half an hour, we had a plan B, a new route. The adventure could begin because this route was not known to any of us and we did not know what to expect. In spite of the Seda incident, the mood of the day was amazingly good.