A short trip around the Black Sea

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  1. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever

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    This church looks interesting, it overlooks the town.
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    The old fortress is in the middle of town
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  2. rtwdoug

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    Stalins death mask.
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    Me & Joe
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    His childhood home
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    We took off to visit Uplishtsikhe, an old cave city close by, once a trade town on the silk road.

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    Many lizards running around
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    In the valley below, the remnants of a roman city
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    Its getting REALLY hot, so we head north, to the Georgia military highway & Kazbegi
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  3. SavannahCapt

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    limeymike Who Me?

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    Always attracted to the TV cameras; Doug Kardashian. :bubba

    I always look forward to wiping my ass with Sofia;
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  5. rtwdoug

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    On the way up, was this old fortress/church

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    I needed gas, but I hadn’t seen a gas station in quite awhile. Then I saw this one, & stopped. No one was there, but then some old guy came out of the house. He had a chart (handwritten) that showed amounts of gas & the costs. I wasn’t sure how much it would hold, but I made a guess. I manned the pump handle while he went to the controller thing & watched the needle, until I got the gas I paid for. Then we put some in Poly’s bike also.

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    And this is what it looks like up close
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    This looks like mud, but its calcium deposits, many people stop here to have a drink

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    We stopped at a police station to ask about a hotel, but as all police in Georgia, they didn’t know anything. There was about 20km of dirt/gravel thru here. It wasn’t too bad tho.

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    We found a small homestay/hotel & spent the nite. It was a nice place, right under a mountain
    The next morning it was nice & sunny, although not so warm. It was about 110f yesterday down south, this morning was about 50f. quite a change!

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    I saw a couple white dots on the side of the mountain, it was these 2 goats playing & chasing each other. I put the zoom lens on the camera to get some pics. Unfortunately, I recently got this camera, & have not figured out all the settings & BS on it. Its WAY smarter than I am…..


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  8. rtwdoug

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    Its sort of touristy, and we actually finally met 2 cops doing some sort of job…. They told us we couldn’t park here.

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    Overlooking the town is this mountain with a church on the top
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    It’s a very famous symbol of Geo & the region, and I wanted to visit it. Its only 8km to the top, how bad could it be?
    The clouds have moved in, & its starting to rain a little off n on. We start heading up thru the town, & the road gets real bad, real fast. Its getting steeper, and the rocks are getting bigger. Poly decided to wait in the town for me, so off I go.
    It was a bad road. And as there had been rain recently, there was a stretch of slick mud, plus a lot of uphill & rocks. It sucked. But it was fun, and I was very happy when I made the top. Several 4x4’s were also there, and I saw several on the way up that were giving up & turning back. Its about 8000feet up at the top, and the church is about 600 years old. I really wish it hadn’t been cloudy, as the surrounding peaks were covered. But it was still pretty awesome. I’d bet not many Harleys had been up here before.

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    The way back down was more entertaining. I dunno about the rest of you, but going downhill on mud & wet rocks is not my favorite. I found Poly, who had made some new friends.
    We gave them a motocamp sticker for their bikes, & headed to the border

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  9. Phrog

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    This is front page stuff!
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  10. bmwhacker

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    Great Report Doug.....Thanks for taking the time to include all of us!:clap
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  11. Packer

    Packer Been here awhile

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    Another great read Doug.

    Do you feel that you've sold yourself short using the same bike again this year?
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  12. nanno

    nanno Been here awhile

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    Nice trip, Doug.
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  13. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    Ridin with Doug!

    Sweet!
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  14. Abraxas

    Abraxas The last one

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    Now I can say it's summer, I was missing doug's report this year.

    By the way, your riding gear is getting much more better, you are now closer to a beemer. :evil:evil

    thanks for another great report,
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  15. macarron

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    I know what you mean. I was there on my enduro bike in July and the way up to the church was just as you describe it. I cannot imagine anybody riding a hog loaded with luggage to the summit. Good job.
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  16. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever

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    I dunno why, but Ive been sick the last several days. Post ride stress disorder or something. Anyhow, I think the best cure is a road trip, so Im gonna take off for a bit, to Serbia, and then ?
    Be back in a week.

    Doug
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  17. nanno

    nanno Been here awhile

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    Get better and relax!
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  18. SavannahCapt

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    :smile6 Get better
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  19. MikJogg

    MikJogg Weekend Adventurer

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    Great report,as ever :thumb

    And yes,when you feel sick-"the best cure is a road trip"

    I´ll start saturday for a few days...

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  20. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever

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    road trips are good medicine. true, it may not cure me, but it takes my mind off of being sick :)
    Went up to Serbia, & in Kosovo now. Tomorrow to Macedonia, but think I'll detour thru Albania first

    Doug
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