We set out at lunchtime for a short hop from Dushanbe to the foot of the Pamirs in Kulyab.
The reason for this will become clear tomorrow as the next stage involves a couple of river crossing and can be a long day. Today's section means we will get into it early.
The road was great. Yes, you heard. Great. Recently built with a new tunnel. Fast smooth curves, little traffic and relatively few cows.
The only problem was the heat. Deefor's bike said 43C but most were reading 39C. The sun was blazing down and some still pockets of air were like furnaces.
We are staying in a small hotel which to everyone's surprise has wifi! The interweb is penetrating even these remote hills.