The road from Too Ashuu pass is going down in steep serpentines. It was a bright day and easy to drive. Even we already had November there was not too much snow. The road authorities are working hard to keep the pass open all around the year as it is the main link to Osh, the capital of the South.
I do not want to know how to drive this road when it is covered with snow and semi-trailer are heading down head to tail.
After we left the mountains behind, already down in Suusamyr
, the road forked in two. To the West the main road was heading for Osh. The village of Suusamyr
is on the south-east branch to the left. Later, the road is running along the Kokomeren river. Although our goal was in South-East direction we followed the main road. Talant wanted to show me Paris.
Yes, Paris (they pronounce Parish
with the stress on 'sh
') is in Suusamyr
! It's just about a dozen of shacks, a fuel station and some restaurants. The road is straight as drawn with a ruler on the earth. How they call this place Paris?
Well, when the drivers coming from Osh have been driven for hours on this straight road, late in the night and tired from watching out into the darkness, then they will see the lights of this small village. One day, the legend says, a driver claimend that name because in his imagination arriving in Paris must be as wonderful as coming here after a long ride on a dark road....
However, we came here in bright daylight, with us another family. We had a coffee, some манты (pron.: Manty, kind of dumpling or Swabian pockets) with bread and a lot of fun explaining them where I am from and how it looks like in Germany.
...also, have a look at the photo gallery...