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Old 05-12-2012, 10:00 PM   #106
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I know I keep saying WOW! ...but WOW! I MUST visit Georgia, this ride you guys have taken is way cool! Great job!
More please!
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:28 PM   #107
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Way cool indeed!

Thanks for sharing it!

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Old 06-09-2012, 11:51 AM   #108
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Old 06-09-2012, 02:35 PM   #109
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Excellent RR reminds me of my visit to Georgia in 2010, (Armenia 2010)
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Old 06-09-2012, 10:09 PM   #110
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awesome ride report!!!
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Old 06-09-2012, 10:48 PM   #111
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wonderful trip and the pictures are fantastic, I love the old buildings, thanks for posting
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Old 06-09-2012, 11:20 PM   #112
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:43 AM   #113
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Fantastic!

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Old 06-14-2012, 10:16 AM   #114
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Thats it, i will visit Georgia! I speak fluent russian...
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:46 PM   #115
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I agree, plus I heard rumors that this tarmac to Mestia is only because Saakashvili's new summer house in Mestia. No interest for the rest.

And may be it is good that they will not extend the road to Ushguli. It is better protected like this.
I can confirm, they did not extend the tarmac to Ushguli. There's still 44 km of track to get there from Mestia. And it's better like that ! What a place! You have to deserve it
You need good tyres to get to Ushguli. The track was muddy, I had Metzeller Tourance (the front was worn out) to go up there, and it was hard with my 1200 GSA fully loaded. So hard I changed my tyres in Ushguli to put my TKC80 on. Downhill was really much better
You can check my pictures here: http://www.2roues2yeux.com/mernoire/Photos_1.html

Just click on "LANCER LE DIAPORAMA"
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:14 AM   #116
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Beautiful photos BenMen!

Sure wish someone would finish a ride report around here...
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:50 AM   #117
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Old 08-01-2012, 12:33 PM   #118
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Sorry for delay, I just can't continue this ride report and summer didn't help either.

Anyway, here's another day, 13th

After breakfast we returned keys of our apartment and headed south with plans to visit Abastumani observatory and continue direction Vardzia. It was very hot and two days (and nights) in Batumi didn't help either. Temperature reaches 39C (102F) and we felt like our brains are melting inside helmets. It was quite surreal until road finally started to climb higher and temperature drops a bit. Finally we reached 2025m high Goderdzi pass.







After lunch we reached our first destination Abastumani observatory



As we soon found out, they are making guided tours mostly at nights (quite logical actually), but they agreed to make short tour at day, but warned us that we can not see the sky. Raul decided to skip that tour and preferred to take a nap next to bike while I joined small group of tourists arrived right after us.

Old observatory



40cm refractor



But all in all this excursion was big disappointment. Most of this hour guide talked about astronomy basics and showed pictures of Moon and planets. And we saw only 40cm telescope. big 125cm reflector was on another building where we could not enter.
But road to observatory was nice and smooth.
Anyway, we continued our trip to Akhaltsikhe and Vardzia.
On the road we saw funny sign - "Vale" means "wrong" in estonian, so we drove straight on and didnt make wrong turn



Sun was already low and we started to look for campsite. It was amazing how different are Georgian mountains. When Svaneti looked like Alps and Tusheti was wild like Romanian Carpates these mountains remembered us Spain.



Our campsite not far from Aspindza







213km today

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Old 08-01-2012, 01:22 PM   #119
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Day 14.

This day started with chain adjustment. And what I saw doesn't look good. And doesn't sound good either. At all.



But soon we reached Khertvisi fortress. and I forget my problems







After short walk in fortress we continued our trip to Vardzia, southernmost point of our trip.



We reached Vardzia cave city at lunchtime, hottest time of the day.



Estonian wild tourists going to Vardzia



Climbing wasn't easy.



Size of this city was truly amazing





We leaved Vardzia and started riding north. We really had a feeling of going home now. Only some days left.

Lunch at Borjomi, really tasty soup.



After lunch we followed road to Gori and visited Stalin museum. Stalin, former Soviet Union dictator, was born in Gori.



Very interesting tour, but it was strange to see how proud local people were about Stalin. For us estonians he is an evil symbol of 50 year long Soviet occupation.





House where Stalin was born.



Luxury armored rail wagon, equipped also with air conditioning.





After visit to museum we decided to drive all the way back to the questhouse near Pasanauri where we met georgian truck drivers when we arrived.

Zhinvali water reservoir



Guesthouse



Of course we met our georgian friends there. We had a really nice evening talking about our adventures and having local meal and drinks.

312km today. Tomorrow we will leave Georgia.

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Old 08-01-2012, 05:38 PM   #120
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Great pic of a great landscape!

Too bad the trip (and report) is already coming to an end. Thanks for taking us with you!
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