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Gilan was like Mazandaran – hot, green, and full of rice paddies:

rice paddies and house

I had decided to take a path through the villages, so I was a bit worried about the rivers that came out of the mountains and crossed my path (or rather: I crossed theirs). But an early bridge seemed to be reason for careful optimism:

bridge in Gilan

Shortly after that I reached a dried up river bed where there was no bridge, but I didn’t think much of it:

dried up river

Walking through all that green was too awesome:

mountains in Gilan

Then the Caboose and I reached another creek:

creek in Gilan

There was no bridge this time:

Caboose at a loss of words

We walked to the other side.

Then we came to a bigger creek with a little dam where we were able to cross:

another creek to ford

The bridge situation seemed to be getting worse and worse, though.

We rested under an orange tree, next to a bunch of small bushes:

tea plants and orange tree

They were tea plants:

tea leaf

Then we came to another creek, and this time I had to take off my shoes and ford it:

shoes off and through the water

I didn’t really mind. The next river, I was sure, was going to have a bridge. I had seen it on the map, a massive white object cutting right through the river.

It turned out to be a dam:

dam

When I asked a local family, they told me the only way was to go back to the highway:

family in Gilan

This family confirmed what they had said:

kids with mom

I crossed the river on a highway bridge:

river

Then these two gentlemen appeared, equipped with plastic stools to sit on:

dudes

We talked for a while. Then I went to a roadside hotel, washed my feet, and slept.

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