|2005-03-06 - The scenery along Kolyma
6 Mar, 05 - 19:29
GPS-pos: N68°03´ | E157°28´ | Alt: 5 M
-36°F this morning which rose to -4°F at 2 p.m. It´s been sunny today and pretty much void of any wind this Sunday the 6th of March. We´ve put 51 km;s behind us these last 3 days and after a bunch of easy nights in the tent, we´ve ended up at a small but tiny logcabin at N 68°03´02.7 and E 157°28´20.5. The logcabin belongs to a hunter named Sergey who´s just served us one of the tastiest meals we´ve eaten on this trip - a casserole made up of one ingredient only, fresh caribou heart!
Since we left Zyryanka in November, the scenery along Kolyma has been pretty much exactly the same. Monotonously the same. The further north we´ve come, the wider the river has become. It is at least 1 mile wide. It is surrounded on both sides by 5 meter´s high walls, which is densely covered by the thick taiga. On and off there´s rolling hills covered by taiga, but as a whole, the surroundings are sterile and is firmly in the grip of winter and the cold. So there´s not much of joy for the eye, as regards to the scenery. That is, during that short time you can see anything until the sunglasses fog up and freezes.
We´ve had good skiing the last three days. Temperature´s have been high so there´s been a hard crust of snow making everything a real enjoyment. First time really since we left Zyryanka in November. We´ve redressed completely and have very little clothes on presently. We still perspire profoundly.
We´re quite knackered right now, since we´re putting a lot of effort in putting kilometers behind us. We´re finally closing in on Kolymskaya, which is at the most two weeks away.