- A year-round road to the Arctic Coast of Canada opened last week; you can now drive past Inuvik all the way to Toktoyaktuk. Dempster Highway has been my favorite road in North America even without this extension, and now it will be even better.
- Saudi Arabia is going to start issuing tourist visas next year. It has some interesting rodents, and large swaths of the country has never been surveyed.
- We are considering a trip to Lhasa in late December. Apparently there is a station called Wudaoliang not far from Golmud, located on the border of Kekexili Nature Reserve and just 20 km from a railway bridge where thousands of chiru migrate in winter. Does anybody know anything about that place? Can you make a stopover there, do they have accommodation and cars for rent?