The Journey Begins: View along the 16 hour drive from Dushanbe to Khorugh, Tajikistan

This is one of the views Dr. Tom McCarthy encountered on the 16 hour drive from Dushanbe, Tajikistan's capital, to Khorugh, the capital of Gorno-Badakhshan province. The heaviest spring rains in 70 years had rendered parts of the already rugged highway nearly impassable, especially the last several hundred miles that runs along the border of Afghanistan, shown here.

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