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Khorog, Tajikistan

Hi All,

The last 3 days have been interesting to say the least. I am sorry we haven't posted the but the phone has completely stopped working here in Tajik and internet cafes are far and few between. In fact so is food, gas and places to sleep. After crossing in to Tajik we stayed the night in a horrid run-down old soviet hotel in Dushanbe - I will have that place forever burned into my memory.

From Dushanbe we set out for Khorog which is where we are today. The roads were an absolute nightmare though and over sheer mountain cliffs. I still can't believe the car made it over some of it - without a doubt the worst thing we have ever seen called a "road". A bridge was collapse in one place and we and to take a detour over the massive sharp rocks - Kelsey is amazing to not have tore a hole in the oil pan. I was reading in our book today that the flight from Dushanbe to Khorog should only take 45 minutes but our drive took 2.5 days. It was torture, but the scenery made up for it. The mountains were around 10,000 feet and we followed the Panj River most of the way through the mountains with the exception of a pretty pass that we had to go over.

Right across the river is Afghanistan - you can literally hit it with a rock. As primitive as Tajikistan in these parts feel to us it is an eye opener to look across the river and see people living in tiny rock/mud huts the whole way. We drove till we were all completely exhausted last night (we had hoped to make it to Khorog but didn't) so we ended up staying with a local family in a small village. They let us have their bedrooms and floor to sleep on and made us dinner and breakfast this morning.

So from here we re-supply with gas, food, water and head into the Pamirs. I have really been looking to this part of the trip where we will go over some passes that are over 12,000 feet and the peaks will be well above that. The people are wonderful, very curious and friendly.

I am quite sure we won't have access to communication again for another 3 days so don't worry. Thank you all for the comments, it is fun to read.

Love to you all,

Chala

Posted by madpax 22:44 Archived in Tajikistan

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Good to hear from you guys, started to get a little concerned, but considering where you are, lucky to have any communication. Maybe the trip will get a little better from here on out. Be careful in the mountains there and keep on truckn. Luv ya, Dad

by dad

So glad to hear from you finally! We are doing great, tournaments tomorrow in Puyallup. Know the kids miss you terribly. Madie threw a penny into a fountain yesterday and wished you were here.
The goal is within site, keep up the fantastic job!
Love ya!

by Mom

You guys are amazing. I can't imagine the places you have seen and people you have met. Safe travels!

by Donna Hawkins

HI HOPE ALL IS WELL, YOUR TRIP IS AMAZING I CHECK YOUR TRAVEL EVERY DAY! HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET THE KIDS TO SEE IF THE JACKET CAME I AM CANCLING THE CC HOPE THE GAME WENT WELL AT PUYALLUP LOVE MOM

by judith klein

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