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Old 02-04-2013, 06:09 AM   #3380
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Day 77 - Evening

Right back to the story ...

By now we had just unloaded from the truck that had given us a ride across the Kuanda river. It was about 7:30 pm.

We were not going to get to a hotel tonight ... next one would be at Chara, about 160 km away.

I told the guys I knew where there was a rail station in the middle of nowhere where we might be able to put sleeping bags indoors away from the mosquitoes. Balbukhta, about 35 km away on the road. We should be there in an hour, have enough time to get sorted for the evening.

We reached Balbukhta and I stuck my head in the station (which was in a building the size of school sports hall literally in the middle of nowhere) and asked is we could stay the night. The lady was kind enough to offer us tea and biscuits but said that they had to lock the station up empty in about 15 minutes ... a local train was coming to collect them and take them back to Kuanda where the staff live. It seemed we would need to camp in the station forecourt.

I have no pics of the station or our camping are, but I am hoping the Norwegian guys have some pics or video stills or something.

EtronX had his tent up in 5 minutes and went to bed ... he sleeps and wakes early.

Terry went to investigate the sound of running water, taking his wash kit with him. When he hadnt returned in 10 minutes I went to check on him and found a great camping and cooking area by a beach besides a beautiful mountain river. With almost no bugs or mosquitoes (unlike 100 yards away up at the station). Terry had been washing himself in the chilly river.

I went back to get Erik and Steve and told them to bring cooking equipment food etc ... and we had a great night out by the river there.

Someone took a few pics of the scene ... I think it was Steve. Steve, you got anything?
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