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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

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

  1. BELSTAFF

    BELSTAFF ADV NOMAD

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    Damn!!!! That unpaved section looks like it could qualify for a closed section of the WCR.
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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Haha that road had it all pavement, dirt, gravel, mud, rivers, cows.....castles!
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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had a very comfortable night in Rosanna’s home. We stopped on the way out of town for some breakfast and then some gas. We met some police there who were very friendly and asked us about our trip. We have not been hassled at all by police as we had read on line. The plan today is for 243 km to Zugdidi unfortunately on the main roads, but we did do a small dirt detour.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 11.58.01 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    [​IMG]Zugdidi-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We checked into another guest house Qiri in a lovely old house. It is nice to have your bedroom, but also use of a lounge. The owner is extremely helpful and the place very clean and nice. The owner is extremely helpful and the place very clean and nice.

    We walked into the town and found some arm long Schwarma for 4 dollars. Then we walked over to the "palace". I did the laundry and of course as soon as I hung it up to dry the clouds rolled in. We did a bit of a tour of the town and saw the only “sight” the Palace. It did pour all night as well.


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



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


    [​IMG]Georgia-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We woke to a sunny day. The plan today is to ride to Mestia and then into Ushguli. From here we wanted to continue on the dirt road from there, but we are not even sure it is open because of the rain. From there we could get to the capital Tbilisi the day after in a circle route.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 12.00.07 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    We were a bit concerned about the amount of rain and the condition of the “road” to and after Ushguli. The ride up to Mestia is paved and the scenery spectacular.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    [​IMG]Ushguli-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Along the way we ran into Guðmundur, who we actually know from ADV! He is from Iceland and is on a similar course to us this year.

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

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

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

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

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

    [​IMG]Georgia-18 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Georgia-19 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Georgia-15 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Georgia-20 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Georgia-21 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
    We stopped for lunch in Mestia, which is 45 km from Ushguli.
    [​IMG]Georgia-23 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We stopped for lunch in Mestia, which is 45 km from Ushguli.

    [​IMG]Georgia-23 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    The road is paved for another 15 km, then there is about 2 km of road construction with deep gravel and churned up dirt road with ruts and large clods of mud. Past this the road is good dirt with a few wet spots and some mud for about 8 -10 km to Zeghani.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 12.02.17 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 12.00.56 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 12.01.11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]18839172_10154513159886003_1384719046874163020_n by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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


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

    [​IMG]35518811641_3ef64d5245_o by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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


    [​IMG]Georgia-22 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Sara hears a loud bang on the last hairpin before the village and her rear shock was blown and spewing oil. From here the route gets very muddy and slick.

    [​IMG]18882120_10154513175641003_286731286665561805_n by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]18767408_10154513175941003_7948375987845602755_n by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We did go a bit farther, but when the road got really bad Dan and Sara decided to turn back, make for Zugdidi, and see what they could organize to solve this problem.

    [​IMG]Ushguli-15 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Trevor and Orvar pushed on the last 20 km,. the last 10 were very difficult and the last 2 took an hour. It poured all night, there “guest house” has no heat, no glass in the windows, and by morning no power. They said it was basically an abandoned building. The issue for them now is getting back out. They were able to arrange a transport for their luggage the 45 km to Mestia and this made the very challenging mud road much easier.

    [​IMG]18921637_10154513157881003_815172937658892405_n by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]18813958_10154513157486003_4375143727111810557_n by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 12.00.56 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Meanwhile we have been trying to find out our options. Wolfgang was at BMW at 730 am, but they do not have an OEM shock in stock, nor do they in Munich, BMW parts centre will not ship the part except to a dealership, and that will not arrive on time. Wolfgang in Hamburg managed to source a shock from YSS (half the price of BMW) and they say they can ship today for arrival Tbilisi 5 days time. We also found HU HUBB a mechanic who will help us out. This leaves us 1 day to get to Yerevan, but pretty much screws up our tour in the east go Georgia and any of Armenia.

    [​IMG]18816760_1346570742091686_701800026_n by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
    [​IMG]18834729_1346504578764969_206780900_n by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  13. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This whole ordeal was made possible by Wolfgang with the help of Thomas at TWOWHEEL suspension shop. That sounds easy, but involved Wolle making many phone calls, driving all over Hamburg, and a lot of frustration. Fed Ex and DHL wanted 350 Euros to ship, but he finally found on line and confirmed with UPS that they would ship for 90 Euros. Problem 1 the first shock Thomas was sent was covered in oil and he checked it and it was faulty…. Get a second shock, tested, good, go back to UPS.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 19.10.33 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 19.10.07 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]18870141_1347003018715125_148853950_o by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]18838406_1346772602071500_648363828_o by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  14. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  15. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Problem 2 -9 pm we all get an email package is blocked as dangerous and they will not ship. Problem 3 UPS calls to say they have now lost the package. Poor Wolfgang up at the crack of dawn again to get a third shock, get Thomas to test it, and then spend all day finding a company that will ship it. Problem 4 TNT says they will ship this third shock as dangerous goods, but they close at 6 pm. At 555 pm while Wolfgang is at TNT he finally gets a call from UPS….the shock was sent, the night guys decided it was ok to send on, but did not document this or change the halt order on the tracking, nor did they inform the other UPS people. So All Wolfgang and Thomas’s work today was in the end for nothing! Luckily they had not shipped the third shock yet! Thanks mail box etc.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-06-01 at 21.30.31 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]18767636_10154621770587337_7865887831200952723_n by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  16. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    While all this is going on we are moving from Zugdidi to Gori staying on the main road to make it easier on my pogo stick. We stopped on the way at a gas station to get an update on wifi, and then arrived to the guest house to find they had no internet due to construction on the system. We walked into town 1.2 km and toured the Stalin museum as Gori is his birthplace. It was a bit weird and they call him a hero and gloss over the bad stuff. We finally found a restaurant with wifi and camped out there for several hours getting updates from Wolle, booked a place in Tbilisi for the next 3 days, planed our route for the next days and confirmed the oil changes. Finally at 8 pm our time we heard the good news that the shock will arrive to Tbilisi on June 6-7 th.

    [​IMG]18835773_1348500125232081_9216230674091424723_n by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    This is when we must be in Yerevan Armenia to apply for the Iran visas. Lucky for us Orvar has his already and he also does not need an Armenian visa (ours are single entry) and can stay behind on June 6 when we leave or maybe he will ride back to Tbilisi to pick it up for us. Or if we have no numbers we will wait it out.
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  17. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  18. garrydymond

    garrydymond Been here awhile

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    I had been fooled by your FB posts into believing there were no paved roads East of Turkey but I can see now that that is not true.
    Could you please tell the road workers to get all the paving done before we get there. I can't have my Yamaha getting dirty.
  19. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It's not the roads that are dangerous in Georgia it's the drivers!!! Relaxed now in Armenia where they drive like normal people pavement or not. SP
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  20. ruans187

    ruans187 Been here awhile

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    Awesome trip guys.
    Everytime I see these posts "Sold our home, quit our jobs" makes me wonder a few things and want to ask.
    1. first, you gotta have a lot of money in order to take off for years in a bike.
    2. What happens at the end, when u either run out of money or want to settle or stop?? The only answer I can find is live with family, and find a job again I guess...

    I always wonder about these things and wanted to ask.