Day 107. 130km. Sevan – Getap

Posted: June 18, 2015 in Armenia, Cycling
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Lake Sevan has an arctic feel. With the sun out, we had amazing views of the lake, the barren land, the snow-capped mountains and rusted paraphernalia. Today we had sun, gale-force wind (side and headwind), rain, snow, hail, thunder and lightening. And a 1300m drop into the most amazing valley. Cool!

Rusty train on Lake Sevan

Rusty train on Lake Sevan

The wind was ferocious – mostly a side-wind along the lake. It added to the arctic, deserted feel of the lake. We stopped numerous times for photos.

Lake Sevan

Lake Sevan

Lake Sevan

Lake Sevan

Lake Sevan

Lake Sevan

It was 15:45, and we wanted to get over the high pass and down the other side to the valley below. Well. The pass was a monster slog against the headwind, and through the snow. On the 2350m plateau at the top, it started to snow/hail/rain, the hail like bullets blown into our eyes. But my, it was beautiful!

Up out of Lake Sevan

Up out of Lake Sevan

The high pass plateau

The high pass plateau

Almost at the top of the pass

Almost at the top of the pass

The view over the valley from the top was nothing short of spectacular. It was a long, long way down.

View from the top of the pass

View from the top of the pass

And we rocketed down. We needed to find somewhere to stay. Camping was not too appealing with this weather, and the next town of any size was 25km down the valley. We are now snug as a bug in a rug (well, two bugs in rugs) in a little hotel on the corner of two roads.

Comments
  1. Doug Fannon says:

    Enjoy every update!! And the pictures are a great way to feel a part of your adventure…

  2. ton smeets says:

    Hi Matthew and James
    Wonderfull pictures and I should say start a painter firm because there is a lot of work to do as I can see. This was your longest trip 130 km in one day is it not ? Beautifull landscapes !!
    Have a nice trip and the borders of Iran are not far away. It wil be again an other world there.
    All te best. Ton

  3. AndrewGills says:

    Oh my goodness. Amazing! Now you make me want to go to Armenia too. Haha

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