Georgia
Georgia

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  • Day144

    Nach den Bergen ging es für uns in die Hauptstadt Tiflis in der wir 3 Nächte blieben.
    Unser Hostel war Zentral gelegen, die Aussicht von der Dachterrasse, vor allem bei Nacht war der Hammer.
    Leider spielten die Temperaturen nicht ganz so mit und es hatte Nachmittags immer an die 40°C, dementsprechend faul waren wir dann auch...
    Wir lernten Abends ein paar Leute kennen mit denen wir etwas durch die Bars von Tiflis schlenderten - Danke für die Amazonas Story, selten so gelacht! (Kann leider nicht genauer darauf eingehen, das wäre zu viel Text.)

    Mit Nick, einem Motorradfahrer den wir schon in Kazbegi kennenlernten, fuhren wir gemeinsam in den Süden zur Bergstadt Varziani. Die sehr alte Stadt wurde vor Jahrhunderten in den Berg gemeißelt, leider wurde ein großteil bei einem Erdbeben zerstört - Doch die Stadt ist immer noch sehr anzuschauen.

    Auch hier blieben wir 2 Nächte, wir hatten geniale Schlafplätze & einen Hund als Aufpasser, der uns sogar vom einen Schlafplatz zum anderen begleitete.
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  • Day146

    Auf dem Weg nach Mestia

    July 8 in Georgia

    Wir verabschiedeten uns von Nick, aber der direkt weiter in die Türkei steuerte, für uns ging es weiter in Richtung Norden, nach Mestia.

    Auf dem Weg fuhren wir versehentlich über den ca. 2350m hohen Zekari Pass.
    Das Wetter war leider nicht auf unserer Seite, je weiter wir nach oben fuhren desto schlechter wurde die Sicht, was das fahren erschwerte, da die Straße unbefestigt und ohne Leitplanke war.
    Auf dem Weg nach untern wurden wir jedoch mit einem schönen Schlafplatz direkt an einem Fluss belohnt.

    Gegen später schlugen 2 Georgische Familien zum Grillen auf, Sie luden uns ein und ließen uns noch Essen für die Nächsten 2 Tage da.

    Am nächsten Tag besuchten wir den Martvili Canyon, der direkt auf dem Weg lag und landeten Abends an einem Stau See - einem der schönste Schlafplätze so weit auf dieser Reise!
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  • Day139

    Die Fahrt Richtung Georgien stand an.
    Ca. 1000km lagen zwischen Sochi und Georgien, 2 Tage fahren, noch 2 mal in den Russischen Wäldern übernachten.

    Bevor wir Russland verließen tankten wir Kenny nochmal voll. Die Auswahl der Tankstelle hätte schlechter nicht sein können, wir bekamen einen dermaßen schlechten Sprit mit dem wir kaum von der Stelle gekommen sind - was blöd war, denn der Grenzübergang lagen in den Bergen...(Nur an Tankstellen tanken wo auch andere Autos stehen!)

    Die knapp 4 Wochen in Rußland vergingen schnell, uns gefiel es gut.
    Keines der Vorurteile die uns im Vorfeld gesagt wurden bewahrheiteten sich, die Straßen waren gut, die Leute freundlich und hilfsbereit, das Essen war lecker und wir fühlten uns Sicher.

    Nach dem Russischen Grenzpunkt fährt man durch 2 aufeinander folgenden Tunnel, anschließend steht man vor dem Georgischen Grenzpunkt mitten im Kaukasus Gebirge.
    Die Einreiße verlief reibungslos und wir steuerten ein kleines Hostel ca. 15km nach der Grenze in Kazbegi an. Vom Garten des Hostel´s hatte man einen genialen Ausblick auf die Berge.
    ...aus einer Nacht wurden 2 und wir durften die Georgische Gastfreundschaft von einer Gruppe Georgier genießen, die uns zum Grillen einluden.
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  • Day150

    Mestia

    July 12 in Georgia

    In Mestia angekommen, checkten wir in ein kleines Hotel ein und besprachen die Wanderroute für den nächsten Tag bei einem Bier.

    Früh morgens starteten wir nach dem Frühstück um zum „Koruldi Lake“ (auf ca. 2750m) zu wandern.
    Es ging 1500 Meter Steil nach oben, vor allem der Anfang- und das Schlussstück merkte man in den Waden.
    doch es lohnte sich, der Ausblick über das Schneebedeckte Kaukasus Gebirge war genial.

    Für den Abstieg zurück ins Dorf trennten sich unsere Wege, da Ich noch etwas weiter nach oben wollte.
    Chris trat den Rückweg direkt an und meisterte ihn auf Anhieb.
    Mein Rückweg verlief leider nicht so, weil ich zu faul war ein paar hundert Meter zurück zu laufen um auf den richtigen Weg zu kommen, beschloss ich durch den Wald zu gehen - Fehler, ich kam zwar i.wann unten an, doch stand am anderen Ende der Stadt. So bin ich 3 - 4h später als Chris, mit Knall rotem Gesicht am Hotel angekommen.

    Weiter ging es nach Batumi von dort aus sind es noch ca. 20km zur Türkische Grenze.
    Die Stadt war nichts besonderes, viele Casinos, Teure Hotels und einfach kein schönes Stadtbild.
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  • Day66

    Vibrant Tbilisi

    November 3, 2017 in Georgia

    Entering Tbilisi had been quite a challenge for us as the traffic became just crazy with 6 lanes in one direction used by 8 cars, and us on our bikes far-right. But, with great self-confidence, we made our way and enjoyed to pass any jammed car.

    Our first stop was the bicycle monument and we were wondering which sense it makes in Tbilisi because we didn't see any other cyclist and the only other people stopping by were tourists jumping off the sightseeing buses, taking pictures and jumping back on the bus. We also saw lots of new cycle racks nobody uses, but at least there is one bicycle lane in one of the streets. Beka later told us that Saakashvili, a former president of Georgia, is a cycling fan.

    During our time in the city, we realized that almost everybody wants to drive a car, although modern buses and cable cars are going everywhere - the air quality says hello. On the other hand, we found the city to be remarkably clean and groomed, with nice green parks and gardens - despite there is a lot of construction work going on at the moment.

    We stayed at Beka's place for 4 nights. He is a great host, a real sportsman and chances are not too bad that we meet up again in Iran, the destination for his next cycling trip.
    Speaking of Iran, after two visits to the Iranian embassy in Tbilisi, we finally got our visas from the helpful staff! In the meantime we used our days in Tbilisi very well to explore the city by foot, bus and cable car and found it definitely worth to discover the surrounding hills and as the weather was pretty good from there we obtained beautiful views over the city. Back in the valley, the old town distributed a special flair while we were tripping over broken pathways, inhaling the smell of bed eggs near the historical sulphur baths and watching the bustle.

    Cheers from Oguz in Azerbaijan! :-)
    Silke & Hauke
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  • Day58

    Attacking the Goderdzi Pass

    October 26, 2017 in Georgia

    Our first thought when leaving shimmering Batumi: 'Let the adventure begin!' We encountered cows, pigs and horses in the city and on the roads, black exhaust clouds, overstuffed crammed vans passing by, tobacco, vine and khaki fruits in the trees, kids racing against us with their bike and lots of warm smiles!

    We came to the Dandalo medieval bridge, set up our tent and joined a campfire with two Georgian and two Saudi Arabian guys, enjoying Arabic coffee, Caj, Tamr (dates from Saudi Arabia) and a pile of lamb meat - thanks for the invitation Nasser, hopefully you enjoyed the snow and the mountains!

    Climbing on, we came to Khulo where we were received by an old man on the road, hugging us, talking, screaming, laughing and following us into a café - apparently not even the locals understood what he was saying. But did this crazy man have a presentment?

    After that, a Belgian guy who plans to open a hostel in Khulo told us the road would become worse - and what happened not even 3km further? A big bang from Haukes rear wheel and not only the inner tube but also the tyre bursted. We fixed it and continued, as the road continued to become worse and steeper. Time to set up our tent! We decided to start early the next day to master the last 25km to the pass (1300m in height to go, >5% average climb) to have an extended lunch break in the sun with stunning views from the top. However, the road conditions became a nightmare and it took us more than six hours to get to the top, completely exhausted but super proud!

    Everything in Goderdzi seemed closed down because the hiking season is over and the skiing season would start in December, but luckily, a little hotel was open and we could get any room we wanted. When we entered the restaurant it still felt like the hotel was just open for us but an hour later, Julia, Pierre and Michelle from Russia and France came in and it started to fill up with Georgians drinking and singing their songs - what a great atmosphere on the summit, surrounded by clouds.
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  • Day123

    Abanotubani-quarter

    September 20, 2017 in Georgia

    Today we walked around in the Abanotubani neighbourhood - real nice! Took the cable car, enjoyed a nice view over whole Tsibili, the mother of Georgia and the castle, checked out the botanical garden and had a nice body rub incl. hammamlike massage in the sulfur bath no. 5 - feeling very clean now 😉

  • Day61

    Autumn scenery in Caucasus Mountains

    October 29, 2017 in Georgia

    After a few "what the hell are we doing here?"-moments, we found cycling through this gorgeous landscape to be worth any effort, with all the colors, valleys, creeks and waterfalls, the snow, sun and clouds, the coldness and warmth. We definitely want to come back one day to hike to the more remote Adjarian villages hidden in the mountains.

    It's been easy to find great camp spots next to a river, especially the beautiful Kura river makes you thinking about pitching the tent every few kilometers.

    Back on asphalt after more than 50km on difficult terrain, we came to appreciate smooth roads like never before.

    Another anecdote: Silke needs to speed up buying groceries if she doesn't want Hauke to cycle slalom behind - in Borjomi (which is actually famous for its healthy waters), there was enough time to get invited for three shots of vodka and some sausages, Gagimardschos!
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  • Day63

    From Borjomi to Mtskheta

    October 31, 2017 in Georgia

    Looking forward to our reunion with Tural in Gori, we speeded up and chose to cycle on the motorway for the first time. Moreover, we're not yet in the mood again to go slalom on the bumpy side roads.

    In Gori, which is actually Stalin's birthplace, we met Tural in the lovely Nitsa Guesthouse, had a Georgian feast together and admired the daughter of the house playing the piano. What a great host family! We decided not to visit the Stalin museum as it is said to not review the history in a proper critic reflective way. However, at least the giant Stalin statue has been removed. Or as a French guest commented on the Stalin cult 'What an impression would a Hitler-statue in Germany make?'.

    Next day, the three of us hit the road towards Tbilisi and cycled together until we split up at Mtskheta as Tural wanted to meet another friend and we decided to pay a visit to Mtskheta. Contrary to Gori, we found this city to be in a better shape, but significantly more touristy. However, the cathedral is quite impressing and we could practice our Russian with a nice Georgian granny in our guesthouse.

    In the meantime we've left Tbilisi behind us and are having a lunch break in a roadside family kitchen. The border with Azerbaijan is getting closer. Pictures of Tbilisi will follow...
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  • Day71

    Georgia, we'll miss you!

    November 8, 2017 in Georgia

    Nana & Vazha made us a truly warm welcome in Lagodekhi with coffee, bread and cheese by their fireplace. They have a beautiful house, surrounded by a garden full of vine stocks, pomegranate and persimmon trees. Each year they pick three tons of grapes, from which Vazha turns one ton into vine for their personal use.

    Pretty quickly during our conversations, we decided to stay a day longer to explore the Lagodekhi National Reserve, Vazha had been working for 28 years as a director, by foot. Our 1-day-hike to the Black Grouse waterfall whetted our appetite for more hiking in this area.

    Nana prepared us super delicious Georgian meals and, not to forget, without Vazha's experience and help, our trip would have ended in Lagodekhi for the moment when the axis of Hauke's front wheel broke during a minor repair - true to the motto "Don't push too hard (Nach fest kommt ab)". According to Murphy's Law, we didn't carry a spare part, so Vazha and Hauke drove around the town to find something they could use - and luckily, in a small hobbyist workshop, they found a suitable shaft - a bit bent and rusty, but better than nothing! And after almost 500km, it still works :)

    Our last two evenings in Georgia were really cosy, sitting together by the fireplace, chatting (two other travelers from Poland arrived in the Guesthouse as well), drinking homemade wine and reading.

    For sure, one day we'll visit this beautiful country again solely because of the people's kindness, the beautiful mountains and the delicious food!
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