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Ajaria

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20 travelers at this place:

  • Day138

    Mtirala National Park near Batumi

    September 20 in Georgia

    After we arrived in Batumi, Georgia, we decided to disvover the this country (in the 6 days left) by car and go hiking in the northern part 'Svaneti' in the Caucasus mountains.
    Batumi itself is a mixture between Las Vegas, Dubai and Nizza. Old rosty sowjet houses change with modern hotels. Casino licenses are cheap and Turkish people come to bet and gamble. My favorite place in Batumi is the local food bazaar. Old, wrinkled Georgians selling herbes, spices, whole pigs, hens and everything you can imagine. They speak only Georgian or Russian. The Georgian food is very tasty. Especially the eggplants with walnut pastry and of course the homemade wine! (but not all of them :D haha beware).
    We start our journey in Batumi and reach out to the Mtirala national park in the south. It is the wettest part in Georgia. The green color of the plants is intense. We hike to a waterfall and a clear water lake and then walk the long route trough dense forest. Fun fact: Only another German couple walks the long part. All other tourists climb in Flips Flops and evening robe to the waterfall to take the best picture possible. Suddenly, we see footsteps of bears in the mud! Brown bears live in the park but we did not meet them. (Fine for me ;)
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  • Day146

    Final

    September 28 in Georgia

    Es ist soweit! Unsere Radreise endet.

    Dauer: 4,5 Monate
    Km per Rad: ~ 7.400
    Länder: 16
    Max km/h: 85,66
    Pannen: 3
    Negative Voruteile bestätigt: KEINE
    Wahnsinnig tolle Menschen getroffen: Unzählige

    Thanks to all hosts and amazing people who have made this journey unforgettable and unique!!!!
    ...
    გმადლობ!
    Teşekür ederim!
    Spacibi!
    Mersi!
    благодаря!
    хвала!
    Hvala!
    Köszenem!
    Ďakujem!
    Doanke!
    Děkuji!
    Dziękuję!
    ...
    Danke an alle Gastgeber und Personen, die diese Reise unvergesslich und einzigartig gemacht haben!!!
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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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  • Day56

    Cruising the Black Sea

    October 24, 2017 in Georgia

    A cabin with seaview, three meals a day, sunshine, an endless sea and a freight ship called 'Drujba' (means friendship), what did we want more? Well, there was more: At the port of Burgas we met Tural from Azerbaijan who has been cycling all around the world and whose contact we received from Bojan in Negotin. We shared a cabin, of course, and his stories are just amazing. We experienced the crazy truck drivers acting out a solid drinking culture and participated by investing the rest of our Bulgarian money in beer, longdrinks and Schnaps. Gagimardschos!

    Several cute, playful dolphins were guiding us and the beautiful skyline of Batumi with the majestic Caucasus Mountains behind welcomed us to Georgia.

    Heavy spasms in both legs after almost one week without cycling? Hauke almost had to call a taxi for the 3km from the ship to the hostel, but we made it. After quickly checking in our room, we saw the three of us heading towards the next Georgian restaurant with a thrill of anticipation. To say it with Turals words: "This is the moment I've been waiting for more than two years!" (Although he could have gone directly from Azerbaijan to Georgia instead of round the world.) But since we tried our first Khinkali with him we absolutely understand his feelings about this delicious, delicious Georgian specialty, jammy! Combined with Georgian wine and Chacha, even better.

    Batumi looks really impressing and has obviously done a lot for tourists with a well maintained, palm-lined promenade, casinos, clubs and hotels but we were eager to discover the real Georgia and left the next morning to climb the Caucasus Mountains.

    We said goodbye to Tural who would chose a more straight forward route on his way home and promised to meet in Gori, Tbilisi and in his hometown Baku, for sure. See you there, then!
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  • Day144

    Mestia to Batumi

    October 4 in Georgia

    Mestia – Zugdidi – Batumi (300 km)
    In the morning visit the Mestia Ethnographic museum located in a traditional Svaneti tower. The museum was established in 1936 and has one of the richest collections of artifacts in the region. At noon depart to Batumi(150 km). Stop on the way at Dadiani palace in Zugdidi and at Petra fortress with green gardens beautifully overlooking the Black Sea. Arrive in Batumi. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

    Das „Mestia Ethnographic museum“ haben wir gestern Nachmittag noch besichtigt. Das hat sogar mich interessiert.

    Um 09:00 sind wir in „Mestia“ losgefahren und freuen uns jetzt auf Wärme und Sonnenschein für den Rest der Reise. Um 15:00 waren wir bereits in Batumi und sind noch kurz an die riesige Strandpromenade. Danach haben wir die DRAGOMAN Truppe getroffen und Rob nochmal ca. 7 kg Gepäck gegeben, welches er auch noch auf seiner Durchreise durch Deutschland Christian geben wird. Danach haben wir in unserem eher besseren Hotel eingescheckt. Am Abend werden wir dann die DRAGOMAN Truppe möglicherweise letztmalig auf dieser Reise zum Essen treffen. Dann werden wir uns auch von Georgi verabschieden, der am nächsten Tag zurück nach Tsibili fährt. DRAGOMAN fährt morgen früh schon weiter, wir bleiben glücklicherweise noch eine weitere Nacht hier und werden morgen je nach Wetterlage den langen Strandboulevard entlang wandern und danach den Innen-oder Außenpool des Hotels nutzen. Den Rest unseres geplanten Programms lassen wir ausfallen. Georgien war schön, aber jetzt reicht es uns nach immerhin 144 Reisetagen mit täglich 1-3 Sehenswürdigkeiten.

    Abends hatten wir dann noch ein feuchtfröhliches Abendessen mit der DRAGOMAN Gruppe.

    Text von Wolfgang
    ÖFFENTLICH
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  • Day176

    Goderdzi 2025m

    October 29 in Georgia

    Heute hatten wir die Wahl zwischen zwei Strecken, wir haben uns für die kürzere (Strecke) und längere (Zeit) entschieden. Auf jeden Fall soll sie viel schöner sein, aber auch mit schlechten Strassen.

    Am Ende von den 230 km waren 47 km Waldweg und Schotterpiste. Das Wetter war super und die Landschaft traumhaft. Der Pass war dann bei 2025m.

  • Day177

    Batumi, Hafen und Promenade

    October 30 in Georgia

    Auch der Hafen ist sehr nett.

    Daran anschließend die Promenade, mit netten Lokalen und Restaurants. Das Kunstwerk Ali&Nino dreht sich, und je nach Blickwinkel sind die beiden auseinander, zusammen oder verschmelzen.

    Und es ging natürlich noch ins Wasser.

  • Day176

    Batumi

    October 29 in Georgia

    Der Weg runter zog sich endlos durch die schlechten Strassen. Unterwegs gab es noch ein paar historische Brücken.

    Gegen 17:00 Uhr erreichen wir Batumi.
    Der erste Eindruck ist eher ernüchternd. Die Promenade mit Hochhäusern zugepflastert und der Strand... na ja, sauber ist anders.

  • Day177

    Batumi, Altstadt

    October 30 in Georgia

    Manches sieht auf den zweiten Blick doch nicht so schlecht aus. Nachdem wir gestern nur Hochhäuser und Vorstadt gesehen hatten, ging es heute in die Altstadt. Nette Häuser, Anfang 19. Jahrhundert, und Plätze, daneben Sowietbauten und halbfertge Hotels. Vieles steht leer.

    Trotzdem entwickelt die Altstadt einen besonderen Flair.

  • Day177

    SeaBridge Abschiedsessen

    October 30 in Georgia

    Hier endet unsere gemeinsame Reise mit SeaBridge und dem Rest der Gruppe. Von den gestarteten 19 Fahrzeugen sind noch 10 übrig.

    Zu Abschluss wird noch einmal lecker aufgetischt mit Live-Musik. Typisch Gregorianisch.

    Wir verabschieden auch Jörn und Sue, Holger, Alex und Siat.

    Zum Schluss rollen dann doch noch ein paar Tränen zum Abschied.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Ajaria, Acharis Avtonomiuri Respublika, 아자리야 공화국

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