Day 445: The first 20 km this morning was a nice descent. The rest of the day was again a very long climb.
The area was still beautiful and because I did not choose the main road it was pretty lonely.
At noon, on a steep part a man invited me to his hut. He served me Lavash (a local flat bread) an self made honey. Also some water and vodka.
It is amazing how much you can get to know about someone even if you do not speak his language. George lives in the summer in this secluded area and makes honey. He produces 1000kg in on year.
After I climbed more than 1000m it was getting late and I saved the last 200m climb for the next day. I found a place at a creek, behind some trees for my camp. Only one shepherd came by with his cows.
Day 446: I managed to be on the road again shortly after 10am. The 200m climb was followed by a rapid decent to the sevan lake. The lake is the largest in Armenia and is at an altitude of 1900m.
I followed the lake at the east side. The wind was getting stronger and sometimes I really had to struggle. At one point the road was suddenly gone and for the next 15 km its was so bad that I only could go a maximum speed of 10-12km/h.
After another 20km I finally had the wind from the rear. Now it was a nice fast ride along the south side.
I needed to get some supplies and asked someone in a small village about a market. As you can imagine I was the sensation when I was at the shop.
I only wanted to find a place close to the lake to spend two nights. But I could not find one. I pressed on and till I saw a small road going to the lake. It was already getting dark and it was my last try to find a place. Just when I was turning into the small road, a man with a car stopped behind me and said there is no place to camp.
He told me to follow him and after 500m we stopped at the next filling station. He got out, talked to another man and suddenly I had a small room where I could sleep. Later he came back with is daughter, because she could speak english and so we could have a conversation.
All the people at the station where friendly and I felt very safe.
Day 447: I left the station in the morning and cycled 10km to the next town. I went to several shops to get some more supplies and then I was searching for a good place. After a few small detours I found a very nice place in a wooded area close to the beach.
The only thing I did not like were some big roots from cut down trees, because they spoiled the sight.
After a few minutes some workers came with a truck and picked up the roots. How considerate of them.
It was almost noon and the workers made a brake and invited me to their picnic.
They also invited a local shepherd and later I was able to take his horse for a small ride.
The food was basically sausage, cheese and bread. Yes, and also vodka.
After we emptied two bottles of vodka I was pretty drunk. I do not know how I managed to pitch up my tent, but I somehow did and slept for a few hours.
When I woke up some other guys invited me. This time they had some self made „whatever” to drink.
I was glad when everybody was gone and I could go to bed early.
Day 448: I needed a day rest so I stayed at the lake and relaxed a little bit. The weather was not that great but for me it was ok.
Some of the workers came back, but this time I refused to drink any vodka. In the afternoon they brought a fresh watermelon and it was so big that we could only eat half of it.
Day 445: 55,12 km all: 13.434 km
Day 446: 103,49 km all: 13.538 km
Day 447: 18,90 km all: 13.557 km