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This is Oleshky Sands, the Europe’s largest expanse of sand. Although the sands occupied the area of around 1600 km², we could not find them for two days because there was a dense forest around them. The forest prevents enlargement of the sands. All roads thru the forest were sandy except one, which had been built a couple years ago, when a big fire was there. Our bikes wanted to drive only along that road, but it was not on maps. Fortunately, those, who caused the appearing of the sands in XVIII century, helped us to find the road at that time. They were a shepherd with his flock of sheep. After 7 km of pretty good gravel road we were at an observation post of the former Air Force bombing range, where the road and the forest came to the end, but there were a well with good fresh water and a shed, which we had our overnight stop under.

GPS coordinates: 46.67050 Lat, 33.06850 Long, 12 m

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Additional Photos by Sergiy Lushpenko (s_lush) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1962 W: 47 N: 4467] (16602)
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