Today I walked 26 kilometers (16 miles) in reverse, from Tatvan to Bitlis. I came up here to Tatvan-Bitlis yesterday. I have another 4 days of walking at a lower elevation to “catch up” to myself, but I came up here because I wanted to scout out the roads at the higher elevation. I want these roads to be nice and clear one and two weeks from now, so I can finish up the walk without walking through too much snow.
The weather was a little rainy this morning. Rain melts snow really fast though, so when there’s snow rain is fine with me. I get a little bit wet, but the roads get clear.
I’m not really fond of hail however, and for the first couple hours of the walk today a stiff headwind was blowing hail into my face. Hail stings.
After a couple hours the sun came out, and I spent the second half of the walk enjoying the scenery and walking along the Bitlis River, swollen with the recent snowmelt and the morning’s rain.