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Old 11-14-2012, 12:19 PM   #583
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Day 24 - Part 4 - The Sakmara River

Looking down form the ridge, we saw the Sakmara River valley. We would now be crossing the river countless times for the rest of the day.

The track down didnt look it had a lot of use. It was washed out:



Overgrown:



But still clearly recognisable:







And led to what appeared to be an abandoned village:



I remembered this village from 2010. One thing surprised me in 2010 .... out of a village of 20-30 houses, all seemed to be abandoned but one. The last house on the right. As we rode thru this abandoned town there it was. The last house on the right STILL had a neatly kept garden and trimmed lawn. The rest of the village was overgrown with weeds and grass.

After the last house, the Sakmara river appeared:


It was impossible to cross at this point in 2010 ... water too high, too fast and too murky. Now it was crystal clear, appeared not more than two feet deep along the fording path, and current was mild.




We decided to risk it ... just charge in without walking it:









Then it was Terry's turn:





It all went well. We felt comfortable with the Sakmara ... which as good since we would be criss crossing it all day.

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