Alberto: Novosibirsk – Islamabad 2014


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 16°C / 27°C
Novosibirsk, Russia

25.07.2014
  
 13°C / 22°C
Zelënyy Klin, Russia

Novosibirsk to Barnaul... by bus!!

Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 26C. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
26.07.2014
  
 13°C / 20°C
Troitskoye, Russia

Barnaul to Troitskoye - sole pioggia molto verde tanto traffico... e un pazzo matrimonio russo! - Sun rain very green lot of traffic... and a crazy russian wedding party!

Heute gefahren: 105 km
Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Partial cloudiness early, with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High near 25C. Winds S at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 50%.
27.07.2014
  
 14°C / 19°C
Biysk, Russia

Troitskoye to Biysk - niente vodka stasera... solo pioggia - no vodka tonight... just rain.

Heute gefahren: 70 km
Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 24C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.
28.07.2014
  
 13°C / 26°C
Gorno-Altaysk, Russia

Biysk to Gorno-Altaysk - finalmente le terre "piatte" sono finite! - flatlands are finally over!

Heute gefahren: 103 km und 150 hm
Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Partly cloudy skies during the morning hours will give way to periods of rain and possibly a thunderstorm in the afternoon. High around 20C. Winds SSW at 15 to 30 km/h. Chance of rain 90%.
30.07.2014
  
 9°C / 18°C
Gorno-Altaysk, Russia

Gorno-Altaysk - fermo per pioggia - stuck here because heavy rain

Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Partly cloudy early. Scattered thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. High 21C. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 40%.
31.07.2014
  
 7°C / 19°C
Cherga, Russia

Gorno-Altaysk to Cherga - bello verde collinoso e poco traffico - hills green nice and less less traffic!

Heute gefahren: 83 km und 160 hm
Übernachtung: Camping
Wetteraussichten: Partly cloudy in the morning. Thunderstorms developing later in the day. High 19C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 80%.
01.08.2014
  
 2°C / 21°C
Topuchaya, Russia

Cherga to Seminsky Pass - prima salita tosta 8km pendenza al 10% - first hard ascent 8kms at 10% steepness

Heute gefahren: 70 km und 1240 hm
Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Overcast with rain showers at times. High 12C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%.
02.08.2014
  
 7°C / 18°C
Kupchegen, Russia

Seminsky Pass to Kupchegen - altri 6km di passione al 10% per il passo Chike-Taman ma due gran discesone nella stessa giornata - another 6kms at 10% to the Chike-Taman Pass but two amazing descents in the same day.

Heute gefahren: 95 km und 660 hm
Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: A mainly sunny sky. High 24C. Winds light and variable.
04.08.2014
  
 7°C / 23°C
Prorabstvo, Russia

Kupchegen to somewhere on Chuiysky Trakt. Finalmente sole, e per tutto il giorno! - Finally the sun all day long!

Heute gefahren: 80 km und 145 hm
Übernachtung: Camping
Wetteraussichten: Sunny along with a few clouds. High around 25C. Winds light and variable.
04.08.2014
  
 7°C / 26°C
Imeni Kirova, Russia

... to Kuray - stupenda vallata verdissima, domani iniziano le steppe - beautiful green valley, tomorrow steppens start.

Heute gefahren: 78 km und 670 hm
Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Sunny along with a few clouds. High 23C. Winds light and variable.
05.08.2014
  
 8°C / 24°C
Kosh-Agach, Russia

Kuray to Kosh-Agach - sempre più vicino alla Mongolia! - closer and closer to Mongolia!

Heute gefahren: 70 km und 480 hm
Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Some clouds early with showers likely in the afternoon, and a thunderstorm is possible. High 18C. Winds W at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 70%.
06.08.2014
  
 5°C / 22°C
Tashanta, Russia

Kosh-Agach to Tashanta - si sente il vento della steppa! - feeling the steppen wind!

Heute gefahren: 56 km und 400 hm
Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Rain. High 12C. Winds NW at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 80%. Rainfall near 12mm.
07.08.2014
  
 6°C / 16°C
Tsagaannuur, Mongolia

Tashanta to Tsagaannuur - acqua grandine yurte e ospitalità kazaka - rain hail yurts and kazakh hospitality

Heute gefahren: 56 km und 410 hm
Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 17C. Winds light and variable.
08.08.2014
  
 8°C / 21°C
Olgii, Mongolia

Tsagaannuur to Olgji - salita breve e dura, lunga e godevole discesa - short steep ascent, long pleasant descent

Heute gefahren: 72 km und 490 hm
Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 19C. Winds light and variable.
10.08.2014
  
 4°C / 18°C
Tolbo, Mongolia

Olgji to Tolbo - in queste terre si trova sempre qualcuno che ti da un letto e una zuppa calda! - in these lands you always find someone that gives you a bed and a hot soup!

Heute gefahren: 78 km und 550 hm
Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Sunny early followed by increasing clouds and a few showers later in the day. High 21C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 30%.
11.08.2014
  
 5°C / 18°C
Dalayhöl, Mongolia

Tolbo to somewhere before Deluun - in mezzo al nulla! - in the middle of nowhere!

Heute gefahren: 67 km und 520 hm
Übernachtung: Camping
Wetteraussichten: Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 19C. Winds light and variable.
12.08.2014
  
 8°C / 30°C
Rashaant, Mongolia

da qualche parte prima di Deluun fino a qualche parte dopo Deluun, sulla pista per Bulgan - somewhere before Deluun to somewhere after Deluun, on the way to Bulgan.

Heute gefahren: 47 km und 250 hm
Übernachtung: Camping
Wetteraussichten: Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 24C. Winds light and variable.
13.08.2014
  
 4°C / 27°C
Taylag Suma, Mongolia

vento forte tutto il giorno e notte in yurta da qualche parte prima di Bulgan - strong face wind all day long and night in yurta somewhere before Bulgan

Heute gefahren: 38 km und 910 hm
Übernachtung: Camping
Wetteraussichten: Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 19C. Winds S at 10 to 15 km/h.
14.08.2014
  
 7°C / 27°C
Taylag Suma, Mongolia

tratto breve ma duro, notte in tenda sulla strada per Bulgan - short stretch but hard enough, night in tent on the way to Bulgan

Heute gefahren: 37 km und 320 hm
Übernachtung: Camping
Wetteraussichten: Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 23C. Winds light and variable.
15.08.2014
  
 9°C / 27°C
Jargalant, Mongolia

Bulgan!! Un villaggio, senza elettricità ma villaggio! - A village, no electricity but there is a village!

Heute gefahren: 37 km
Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Sunny, along with a few afternoon clouds. High near 25C. Winds S at 10 to 15 km/h.
16.08.2014
  
 16°C / 26°C
Bazar Köl Suma, Mongolia

Bulgan Gol

Heute gefahren: 40 km
Übernachtung: Camping
Wetteraussichten: Cloudy early with showers for the afternoon hours. High near 20C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 60%.
18.08.2014
  
 18°C / 26°C
Bulaganii Hiid, Mongolia

Bulgan Gol - forse perché è domenica ma non si incontra nessuno, neanche i lupi!! - maybe because it's Sunday but didn't see anybody, not even wolves!!

Heute gefahren: 43 km
Übernachtung: Camping
Wetteraussichten: Mostly cloudy. High 23C. Winds light and variable.
18.08.2014
  
 19°C / 0°C
Bürenhayrhan, Mongolia

Bulgan Khovd - 3 jeep 2 camion e 5 moto... oggi gran traffico! 3 jeeps 2 trucks and 5 motorbikes... heavy traffic today!

Heute gefahren: 53 km
Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: More clouds than sun. High 27C. Winds NW at 10 to 15 km/h.
20.08.2014
  
 14°C / 19°C
Takeshiken, China

Takeshkent - China!!!

Heute gefahren: 67 km
Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Sunny in the morning then increasing clouds with some scattered thunderstorms later in the day. High 26C. Winds WNW at 15 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 50%.
21.08.2014
  
 13°C / 0°C
Qinghe, China

Takeshikent to Qinghe
Bella pedalata finché il vento non ha cominciato a spingermi indietro!!! - lovely cycling till the wind started pushing me backward!!!

Heute gefahren: 106 km und 350 hm
Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Sunshine and some clouds. High 28C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
22.08.2014
  
 18°C / 31°C
Ürümqi, China

Qinghe to Urumqi... by bus!

Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Mainly sunny. High 33C. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 km/h.
25.08.2014
  
 21°C / 34°C
Ürümqi, China

Urumqi - 3 giorni qui sono anche troppi... Domani si riparte! - 3 days here are a little too much... Tomorrow let's go again!

Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 28C. Winds NNW at 15 to 25 km/h.
28.08.2014
  
 24°C / 38°C
Turpan, China

- partenza posticipata, festa dell'uva a Turban! - delayed departure, grape festival in Turban!

Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Generally sunny. High 39C. Winds SE at 10 to 15 km/h.
30.08.2014
  
 18°C / 31°C
Aksu, China

Urumqi to Aksu - notte sul bus - overnight bus

Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: A mix of clouds and sun in the morning followed by cloudy skies during the afternoon. High near 30C. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 km/h.
31.08.2014
  
 16°C / 20°C
Wushi, China

Aksu to Wushi Aketuohai - 61 km pedalati + 45 sulla macchina della polizia! - 61 km cycled + 45 km ride on the police car!

Heute gefahren: 61 km und 120 hm
Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Mostly sunny skies. High 27C. Winds light and variable.
01.09.2014
  
 13°C / 24°C
Aheqi, China

Wushi to Akchi - altro passaggio dalla polizia...
gentilezza o sorveglianza? - another lift by the police... kindness or
surveillance?.
It looks like no one tourist never passed by this valley and this road
(S306)... everybody is looking at us like we were aliens! Police and army guys
have no idea what to do when we get to the check points and the villages, but
they let us go through and following us for kms when not giving us a lift
straight to the hotel where we MUST stay! It's a mix of funny and really
serious situation.

Heute gefahren: 36 km und 220 hm
Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Cloudy early with partial sunshine expected late. High 24C. Winds light and variable.
02.09.2014
  
 9°C / 23°C
Karaqi, China

Da Akchi a qualche parte sulla S306 verso Kashgar... piacevole pedalata - from Akchi to somewhere on road S306 on the way to Kashgar... lovely cycling stretch.

Heute gefahren: 64 km und 540 hm
Übernachtung: Camping
Wetteraussichten: Cloudy with occasional rain showers. High 21C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%.
03.09.2014
  
 6°C / 19°C
Karabulak, China

magnifico tramonto in tenda su un desolante altipiano - amazing sunset in the tent on a dramatic plateau

Heute gefahren: 47 km und 490 hm
Übernachtung: Camping
Wetteraussichten: Partly cloudy skies. High 18C. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 km/h.
04.09.2014
  
 15°C / 29°C
Halajun, China

Karajul 哈拉峻乡 - zona militare... messi su una macchina e spediti a Kashgar! - army border area... put on a car and sent to Kashgar no stop! So, this time wasn't the police but the army. Apparently the area of Karajul is a military zone off limits. Maybe this is why before there we felt like being the first tourists in this area! Anyway they were gentle but strict! After some identification photos and a video (so funny, too bad we couldn't get a copy!!!) they got a car for us and sent to Kashgar. At least it was faster and easier than what planned! But luckly we could cycle the nicest part of this S306 road.

Heute gefahren: 90 km und 340 hm
Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Mostly sunny skies. High 27C. Winds light and variable.
05.09.2014
  
 19°C / 31°C
Kashgar, China

Kashgar! 500 anni dopo Marco Polo! :)) Questa volta non è stata la polizia a fermarci ma l'esercito. Sembra che la zona di Karajul è area militare vietata agli stranieri. Forse è per questo che i giorni precedenti ci sembrava di essere i primi turisti che passavano da queste parti! Sono comunque stati gentili, molto rigorosi ma gentili. Dopo averci identificati con qualche foto e un video ridicolo (peccato non averne avuto copia!) ci hanno messi su una macchina e spediti a Kashgar. Almeno è stato più veloce e facile di quanto pianificato!

Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Sunny. High 32C. Winds NW at 10 to 15 km/h.
07.09.2014
  
 18°C / 29°C
Kashgar, China

Kashgar - È ora di pensare alla Karakorum Hgwy.. qualche giorno di riposo e si riparte! - Time to think to the Karakorum hgwy... few days of rest and then let's go again!

Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Sunshine along with some cloudy intervals. High 29C. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 km/h.
10.09.2014
  
 12°C / 26°C
A’yi Take, China

- sulla KKH verso le grandi montagne! - on the KKH towards the big mountains!

Heute gefahren: 94 km und 430 hm
Übernachtung: Camping
Wetteraussichten: Sunny skies. High 26C. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 km/h.
11.09.2014
  
 12°C / 27°C
A’yi Take, China

- lavori in corso e polvere per 50 km in salita... giornatina di m....!!! - 50 kms of roadworks and dust, uphill... what a day!!!

Heute gefahren: 56 km und 1090 hm
Übernachtung: Camping
Wetteraussichten: Sunshine and some clouds. High near 20C. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 km/h.
12.09.2014
  
 0°C / 15°C
Sayi Ao’yi, China

Tramonto notte e alba sul lago Karakul e il Muztang Ata! - Sunset night and sunrise at Karakul lake and the Muztang Ata!

Heute gefahren: 57 km und 710 hm
Übernachtung: Camping
Wetteraussichten: Partly cloudy skies. High 11C. Winds light and variable.
13.09.2014
  
 0°C / 15°C
Sayi Ao’yi, China

Un'altra notte sul lago... giornata di relax totale! - One more night at the lake... complete relaxing day!

Übernachtung: Camping
Wetteraussichten: Partly cloudy in the morning. Increasing clouds with periods of showers later in the day. High near 10C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.
14.09.2014
  
 -1°C / 0°C
Tagarma, China

Ulugrawat-Subash Daban 4098 mt. - 7 gradi e grandine... ma ne è valsa la pena! - 7 degrees and hailing... but it worthed!

Heute gefahren: 82 km und 430 hm
Übernachtung: Camping
Wetteraussichten: Snow showers before noon. Becoming sunny later. High 11C. Winds light and variable. Chance of snow 40%.
15.09.2014
  
 1°C / 0°C
Tashkurgan, China

Tashkurgan

Heute gefahren: 23 km
Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: A mainly sunny sky. High 14C. Winds light and variable.
16.09.2014
  
 2°C / 0°C
Tashkurgan, China

Tashkurgan - variegato mix di tajiki, kirghizi, pachistani.. e cinesi - a colorful mix of Tajiks, Kirghiz, Pakistani.. and Chinese.

Heute gefahren: 23 km
Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Mainly sunny. High 17C. Winds light and variable.
17.09.2014
  
 1°C / 0°C
Khudābād, Pakistan

PAKISTAN! Tashkurgan a Sost impacchettato nel bus.. vietato pedalare! - Tashkurgan to Sost locked in the bus.. cycling not allowed!

Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Sunny skies. High 18C. Winds light and variable.
18.09.2014
  
 1°C / 0°C
Gulmit, Pakistan

Gulmit - un giorno così vale quasi tutto il viaggio.. mitica KKH!! - a day like today almost worth the all trip.. amazing KKH!!

Heute gefahren: 56 km und 270 hm
Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. High near 15C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%.
19.09.2014
Karimabad, Pakistan

Karimabad - un'altra magnifica giornata pedalando e navigando sulla KKH! - another amazing day cycling and sailing on the KKH!

Heute gefahren: 27 km und 440 hm
Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Mostly sunny. Morning high of 18C with temps falling to 11 to 13. Winds light and variable.
20.09.2014
  
 2°C / 0°C
Yal, Pakistan

Tenda con vista sul Rakaposhi Peak 7788 mt.- In the tent overlooking the Rakaposhi Peak 7788 mts

Heute gefahren: 36 km
Übernachtung: Camping
Wetteraussichten: Mainly sunny. High 17C. Winds light and variable.
21.09.2014
  
 11°C / 0°C
Sonikot, Pakistan

Gilgit - inizia a far caldo... meglio tornare in mezzo ai monti - getting hotter... better to go somewhere higher again.

Heute gefahren: 79 km und 260 hm
Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Sunny skies. High 29C. Winds light and variable.
22.09.2014
  
 12°C / 0°C
Sonikot, Pakistan

Well, the situation now is a little tricky. After Chilas to Mansehra on the KKH is not recommended. After Manshera to Islamabad apparently is ok, just very hot weather. From Chilas I wanted to cycle the N15 over the Babusar pass but I can't get permit because I'm traveling alone. At this point I will go on the way to Skardu and then try to reach the Deosai Plains from there because it is not possible to get there from the Astore road, that would have been less hard. Again police permit needed and given only to guided groups.

Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Mainly sunny. High 29C. Winds light and variable.
23.09.2014
  
 1°C / 0°C
Shāhbatot, Pakistan

strada per Skardu... odore di Karakorum! - road to Skardu... feeling the Karakorum!

Heute gefahren: 69 km und 130 hm
Übernachtung: Camping
Wetteraussichten: Mainly sunny. High 19C. Winds light and variable.
24.09.2014
  
 1°C / 0°C
Strongling, Pakistan

un po' di febbre e la strada si fa più dura di quanto già lo è - a little fever and the road gets harder than what already is.

Heute gefahren: 49 km und 510 hm
Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High 16C. Winds light and variable.
25.09.2014
  
 1°C / 0°C
Sneuron, Pakistan

Skardu - verso le Deosai Plains neve permettendo! - on the way to Deosai Plains if there won't be snow!

Heute gefahren: 82 km und 440 hm
Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Abundant sunshine. High 17C. Winds light and variable.
27.09.2014
  
 -4°C / 0°C
Ali Malik Mar, Pakistan

Skardu to Deosai Top 4035 mt - bellissimo ma dritto... e che dritto! - beautiful but steep... bloody steep!

Heute gefahren: 35 km und 1780 hm
Übernachtung: Camping
Wetteraussichten: A mainly sunny sky. High 9C. Winds light and variable.
28.09.2014
  
 -2°C / 0°C
Chumda Kut, Pakistan

Deosai Plains 4000mt - bellissima e desolata piana. Peccato la pioggia - beautiful and desolate plains, too bad for the rain.

Heute gefahren: 17 km und 130 hm
Übernachtung: Camping
Wetteraussichten: Sunny. High 12C. Winds light and variable.
29.09.2014
Chilam Chauki, Pakistan

attraversare le Deosai e sentirsi come Frodo nella terra di mezzo! - crossing Deosai and feeling like Frodo in the middle earth!

Heute gefahren: 36 km und 370 hm
Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Sunny. High near 15C. Winds light and variable.
30.09.2014
  
 6°C / 0°C
Astor, Pakistan

Astore - piacevole discesa sotto scorta con vista sul Nanga Parbat - lovely descent under escort with view on the Nanga Parbat

Heute gefahren: 55 km und 210 hm
Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: A mainly sunny sky. High 21C. Winds light and variable.
01.10.2014
  
 15°C / 31°C
Līchar, Pakistan

Raikot - altra bella pedalata in discesa con scorta personale! - another lovely cycling descent with police private escort!

Heute gefahren: 57 km und 190 hm
Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Sunny skies. High 31C. Winds light and variable.
02.10.2014
  
 11°C / 32°C
Chilas, Pakistan

Raikot/Nanga Parbat/Chilas/35gradi/ bus/Islamabad... Fine dei giochi! - End of the games!

Heute gefahren: 55 km
Übernachtung: Camping
Wetteraussichten: Sunny skies. High 33C. Winds light and variable.
03.10.2014
  
 22°C / 32°C
Islamabad, Pakistan

Bus to Islamabad - la parte più massacrante di tutto il viaggio! - The most tiring part of the entire journey!

Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Mainly sunny. High 33C. Winds light and variable.
04.10.2014
  
 22°C / 32°C
Islamabad, Pakistan

Well, here I am in Islamabad. End of the journey!
No cycling after Chilas. Because of safety reasons on some stretches (up to Babusar Pass on N15 and from Chilas to Manshera on KKH) police don't allow solo travelers to cycle. I would have preferred cycling the N15 (nice road in a alpine green landscape) rather than KKH. With its heavy traffic, bad road conditions, hot temperatures and strong face wind all day it would have been a massacre. Almost 500 kms ... just meaningless to me. I'm happy I could cycle the nicest areas of the KKH and some others side valleys.
Back home in a few days.

Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Sunny. High 33C. Winds N at 10 to 15 km/h.
05.10.2014
  
 17°C / 25°C
Islamabad, Pakistan

I had a great time in Islamabad. I used to stay in Rawalpindi at a friend's home. I met him on the KKH near to Passu in the northern ares. He drove me around the city and could see what's life in this place. Mostly visiting friends and drinking tea with them! :))

Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Showers in the morning, then cloudy in the afternoon. High 24C. Winds NW at 15 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 40%.
06.10.2014
  
 17°C / 25°C
Islamabad, Pakistan

I was lucky my last day there was the Eid Mubarak day and could see the celebrations for this muslim festival. Really interesting and very impressive, sacrifying animals at every corner of the town!.
The bike remained in Islamabad at my friend's home. There are some people interested in it...

Übernachtung: Hotel etc.
Wetteraussichten: Rain showers early with overcast skies later in the day. High 24C. Winds NW at 15 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 40%.

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