When planning this route, it was inevitable that there would be water hazards. I recalled some of the Ural Mountain river crossings I came up against when with the Russians in 2010, and thought that while some of those crossings were too deep then (it was early May then) they might well be crossable in mid June when we were there, when all the snowmelt was well and truly out of the climatic system and temperatures would be higher. So I made sure we had a lot of crossings on the route. A lot of them came up today.
We left our very nice hotel in Mednogorsk, and headed north, out of town .... Barely half an hour out of Mednogorsk, the water crossings began ... nice and easy at first. The first crossing was in the 2010 ride ... back then it looked like this:
Now, over a month later in the year, with 5 weeks more warm weather to recover from the harsh Ural winters, it was much more green and lush ... Here's Terry blasting through.