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Wild West Pamirs
Submitted by Tiffany on 1 July, 2009 - 14:50
An uneventful though hot and extremely dusty ride brought us the rest of the way to Khorog, gateway to the Pamirs and a town with a wild west feel to it- people pour into it from all directions (there is even a bridge across the river to Afghanistan); and it is the only place with bars or any kind of social life for miles around so it gets quite rowdy.
I have learnt the words "accumulator" which I think is the russian word for battery and nothing to do with going to the bookies and "elektroleat" - hopefully that means distilled water in Tajik as that is what I have just poured into my battery. The second time this trip my battery has gone dry - if anyone has any sensible (or otherwise) suggestions as to why this is so please get in touch.
I have checked the battery carefully for any leaks and there are none and I don't think it is due to the hot, dry condidiotns as I only had to top up my battery once on the hot 12,000 mile crossing of Africa, this is now twice in 3000 miles.
We are spending a couple of days in Khorog to relax, wash the dust out of our clothes and hair (first running water we have seen for three days not including the river) and to get over the rigours of the last three days on the road, catching up on internat access is also a priority but as there are only five working PC'sin the town this is not as easy as it sounds.
I have also found a Pamir delicacy that looks strangely familiar - pasties, though not as we know them - Ginsters would disown me for even caling them pasties. Deep fried and greasy with a choice of two fillings - unidentifiable meat or potato. It's a bit of a russian roulette which one I get when I buy them.
we are due to continue southwards towards the Wakhan Valley tomorrow morning to sample delights such as the Bibi Fatima hot springs and an extremely high mountain to cross which I haven't told Annie about yet. Possibly no internet access for a few days again.