July 5th saw Dean running through the mountainous heart of Kyrgyzstan. Running through the cloudy mist, Dean was able to see first-hand the traditional Kyrgyz nomadic lifestyle. In this part of the country, horses outnumber cars and "on-demand entertainment" means asking the village elders to recount stories of their youth. The nomadic herdsmen live as their ancestors did: simply and in harmony with the land.
Today's leg took longer than usual due to an abundance of legendary Kyrgyz hospitality. As Dean passed yurt camps, smiling faces popped out, imploring him to come out of the rain and enjoy a cup of kumis (fermented horse milk). With every yurt he entered, he left the inhabitants with their own tale to tell; about a high spirited American who ran across Kyrgyzstan to experience their hospitality. #Dean525
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