I set off from Kharavan with high hopes, & against the opinions of the villagers, that I'd be able to pass the mountain range via the road on my map. Unfortunately they were right & the map was wrong, the road ended about 10km later. The villagers at the top of the road were sympathetic & gave me some freshly bread. I was glad to gone up the road even though I had to retrace my steps & certainly wouldn't have taken the road had I known where it stopped. The scenery was superb & the hospitality along the way was great to experience.
Back down in Tabas for the 3rd time in 3 days I augmented my larder & ate the watermelon that I carried up to Kharavan, no more than 300m from where I bought it.
There were 2 ways from Tabas to Mashhad & I picked the one that gave me a tail wind, with the range that I needed to pass on my left. I headed in the direction of Dehuk. I passed a number of patches of green desert oasis, including a couple of towns. Knowing that Dehuk was too far to aim for I hoped I'd find something like that at quitting time. I had to settle for a spot a km or so off the road in the desert though. At 1500m in altitude it was nice & fresh in the evening, 26Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â° C. Which is pretty comfortable compared to a reading of 44Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â° C I took just before noon, though this was certainly due to my watch being in the Sun. As I normally perform the shade function for it I think it was a fair indication of the temperature I was experiencing.
I cycled 121 km in 7 hours & 51 minutes
Total so far 5193 km in 71 days
GPS Coordinates of end point - N 33Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â°18.349, E 57Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â°22.905