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Bike (USA) - - Start - PHOTO: JUSTA JESKOVA

Due to a freak­ishly late-sea­son snow­storm, we crossed the en­tirety of Azer­bai­jan in search of snow-free moun­tains. We ended up in Car, a small vil­lage near Dages­tan and Ge­or­gia. By ask­ing about lo­cal hik­ing, we found a trail as­cend­ing a ridge, gain­ing over 2,500 me­ters (8,200 feet) into the alpine then fun­nel­ing to a de­scent. It was one of the best in Azer­bai­jan, end­ing in vividly green, lush trees. Steve Storey and I loved it so much, we hiked up again and did the ex­act same ride the next day.

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