It snowed in Tatvan last night, so today I rode a bus the 150 kilometers (93 miles) from Tatvan to Van, and then back to Tatvan, to inspect the road I’ll be walking this week.

The road’s elevation ranges from the lake level of 5500 feet (1700 meters) to 7200 feet (2200 meters). The snow on the shoulders is melting fast. The road between Tatvan and Van is clear and ready for me to walk. Knock on wood, inşallah, kırk bir kere maşallah.