Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The road climes to the snow line at 2200 m. On the downward side we stopped to see a bridal falls and the park rangers immediately invited us into their cabin for tea. About 15 km late we stopped in a small village to get some snacks at the market. Again several people came over to offer us tea (Chai). We finished the good part with a bit of construction and then hit the D10.

    [​IMG]Turkey Trabzon-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkey-13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkey-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkey-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkey-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Turkey-14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkey Trabzon-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkey-16 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkey-17 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkey Trabzon-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkey Trabzon-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had 130 km to Trabzon and were stopped 3 times in traffic police checks. At the first one they took a quick peak at the plates and said drive on. At the second we all had to produce passports, drivers license, and vehicle registration. They then called 4 operate times and for each bike gave the plate number and the ID. After 15 min they let us go. Not 5 km later we were waved in again at the next stop. Dan said to the guy “were just all check 5 km ago”…Even the bus driver who was also pulled over at both stops came over and told the cop that all these bikes just had the full paper check. He made a call to the other officers and yes we were free to go.
    [​IMG]Turkey-18 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
    Arriving to Trabazon the traffic was very heavy and as usual the drivers very aggressive. We checked a few hotels and all were very expensive. We decided to pass thru the town and at the airport there were a number of hotels. They were very accommodating moving cars so we could park out front and then parking a car to block us in for the night. We again wondered about and found a kebab grill for dinner. Another good night sleep since the airport hotels have very sound proof windows no 430 am w are up call.
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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We have a short day planned today with just 2o6 km to Batumi Georgia. This gives us lots of time since there is the border to deal with and a 1 hour time change.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-05-27 at 22.59.55 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    The ride was pretty uneventful. We did stop for a quick power wash after the rain and mountain roads. We again passed several hundred trucks on the way.

    [​IMG]Batumi by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Batumi-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Batumi-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Batumi-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    We arrived at a good time as the line was short. There were 2 buses ahead of us, but after the first check point where they ask for your passport and vehicle registration the one bus let us in front of him.

    [​IMG]Batumi-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Georgia by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    You then proceed to Turkish customs to get an exit stamp.

    [​IMG]Batumi-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Dan was pushing his bike slowly as the line moved. Just before the agent his side stand caught on a metal grate and the bike pulled away from him and fell onto Sara knocking her over. No harm done to her, but the 800’s windscreen was cracked into 4 pieces. We all picked the bikes and the plastic pieces up and handed the passports for the exit stamp.

    [​IMG]Batumi-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    The town is a short 19 km away, where we had booked a hotel just off the main road. Prices and about half of Turkey here. Georgians may be even worse drivers than the Turkish! We arrived to the hotel, checked in and got washed up.

    [​IMG]Batumi-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Batumi-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Georgia-27 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Georgia-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Some Macgyvering with glue and duct tape and voila!

    [​IMG]Georgia-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Georgia-25 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    The road deteriorates for the next 60 km. The unpaved section had it all steep up and downs, switchbacks, river and wash out crossings, and mud. Mix in with this Georgian drivers and cows… there is a real challenge.

    [​IMG]Borjormi Contour-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Borjormi Contour-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Borjormi Contour-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_0879 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Georgia-28 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Georgia-29 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Borjormi Contour-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    The last 60 km or 25 km from Akhalsikhe is again paved. . Just after we hit the paved road we has a stop at a small 9 th century Monastery. All we had to eat was some jam from Bulgaria and some cream crackers, but they tasted great. We made friends with some of the local kids.


    [​IMG]Georgia-32 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Borjormi Contour-35 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Georgia-38 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Georgia-39 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Georgia-43 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_0966 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Now it was after 6 and we still had 50 km to get to Borjomi where we had a guest house booked.

    [​IMG]Georgia-50 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Borjormi Contour-37 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    When we road up the host was outside to great us and usher us into the parking area. We had the top floor of a house with 2 room, a sitting room, and kitchen. Still since it was now 8 pm we headed to a local restaurant for some Khinkali (dumplings) and chkmeruli (traditional Georgian dish of chicken in garlic cream sauce), and some not so “dry” Georgian wine. The guys stayed up too late with some local brandy as well so were a bit foggy in the morning.

    [​IMG]Georgia by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Georgia-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Georgia-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Georgia-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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