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In Georgia, local police offer Salopek and his walking partners a rest stop—and water.
Afghan national police check Salopek's documents at a fortified base in the remote Wakhan Corridor.
Along a few stretches of the trail through Pakistan, such as a region of Gilgit-Baltistan troubled by sectarian violence, authorities assigned armed escorts to Salopek and his local walking partners.
Not all the stops involved police. In eastern Turkey, Kurdish militias ambushed Salopek and his local walking partner, who were forced to truck their cargo mule around a conflict zone.