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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 first stop was to the cave city of Uplistsikhe, which is identified by archaeologists as one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    From here we continued on the 63 to Mtskheta, which is the old capital and then on to Tblisi. It is super windy today, but luckily we mostly had tail wind. We booked into a hotel just off the S1 and north of the city.

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

    [​IMG]Tblisis-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It is probably cheaper to be on the road then live at home especially in Vancouver. We worked hard for 20 years and saved. We sold almost everything except a parcel of raw land and we have a 2001 Dakota. Invested...Dan is a financial planner. We did work in the last 5 years since the riding season is not 12 months a year. We rode 10 months, worked 6, rode 10, worked 5, rode 12 (changed hemispheres), worked 5 and that has paid for the riding. Luckily that means we have the money saved not to have to live with our parents. :) Sara
  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The guys will do a day ride out to Omalo, but as its mostly off road poor Lulu can not go. This way they can go without luggage. Trevor has some really cool video.
    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 21.33.16 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 21.33.44 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 21.34.03 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

    [​IMG]Omalo & Tblisi-21 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

    [​IMG]Omalo & Tblisi-22 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Omalo & Tblisi-24 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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


    This was a long day and they turned back so they would make it back before dark.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-06-04 at 22.45.40 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-06-04 at 22.51.11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Omalo & Tblisi-25 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Omalo & Tblisi-26 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

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    [​IMG]Omalo & Tblisi-31 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Omalo & Tblisi-32 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had been contacted in Tiblisi by a Belgian rider Joris who we knew from FB and he was headed to the city with a German rider Ben. They asked for a hotel recommendation and if we were still in the city. So we had an even bigger biker gang at the Hotel Mimino. More Chacha. It was nice to have a kitchen and cook for everyone. Poor guy lost his license plate, but was able to print, laminate and mount this replacement in one day!

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

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

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Sunday we decided to play the tourists. Another guest here from Switzerland had told us how to get downtown by public transit. We managed to find the “collectivo #6” on the main road nearby and this took us into the old city. Here we did a bit of walking to freedom square and then to visit several of the churches. There is a strange contrast as the fortress and old town are on one side of (the very stinky) river and there are ultra modern structures on the other. Our chef Orvar whipped us up an amazing spaghetti and meatball feast.

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

    These walnut dipped in thickened grape juice are for sale everywhere. We finally had to try some...not a repeat treat.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Meanwhile we have been watching the tracking and the package has been in Germany all weekend, but on Monday am it Arrived in Moscow! The first event of the day it to brave the Georgian drivers and get to Pit Stop Moto for oil changes on the 3 BMW’s. The guys at the shop were great and efficient.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 17.55.59 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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


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


    We were contacted by Ana from UPS who was super helpful. She flagged the package urgent and said it might be here Tuesday. She also told us that we needed to go to a revenue services office to get a duty exemption form.


    We had a small incident with the 650 even though they were being very careful the bike fell from the stand and the ABS sensor was damaged. We did not see this until we were leaving and the RED ! was still on 2 blocks later. We stopped, checked the oil and then returned to the shop. They were very apologetic and the owner very accommodating. They said they would do what ever it took to fix the situation. It is possible to get a Bosch part on eBay from Lithuania, a BMW from Athens, or they were willing to pay us the 150$USD for the part. Georgian drivers are a real challenge. Nice guys.


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

    [​IMG]Tblisi-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
    While we were there 4 Czech guys showed up to buy tires to add to their luggage.


    [​IMG]Tblisi-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Our mission now is to get to revenue services before 5 pm. The address is 1 Sarajishvili Street (with no other info), but when we went there it was clearly an apartment building at 1 Petre Sarajishvili St, Tbilisi, Georgia. Lucky for us a young guy who lived there stopped to ask us if we needed help. He said the problem is there is 2 streets in the city with the same name and we want the other 1 David Sarajishvili St. He did not know exactly where it was, but marked on the GPS the approximate area and we found it. We dropped on elf the bikes at the hotel since it was on the way. The GPS took us to #2 Sarajisvili, which seems like it should be across the road from #1, but its not. Luckily I had searched it on google and we still had it on my phone so we could see where we were in relation and it is about 800 m away back over the overpass and up a small single lane road where lo and behold in the parking lot of a very run down apartment building was the “Revenue Services” office. The staff was very helpful and since they did not understand what we wanted they called Ana at UPS who sorted it all out for us.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-06-07 at 08.21.03 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 18.02.45 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

    [​IMG]IMG_8664 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Now time to make decisions, should we check out tomorrow or stay again and wait for the shock? The problem was solved as the shock arrived to Tblisi in the morning. We had been told by UPS that we could not go there to pick it up, but had to wait for it to go out for delivery to the shop. Ana was amazing as she arranged for us to go to the depot and get it so off we went. The entire office there was waiting for us and so excited for us! Even the random UPS driver out side wanted a photo with us!
    [​IMG]Tblisis-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

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

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

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Now back to the shop. Iura the mechanic was great he and the team did a fantastic job. They did the install for us gratis after the issue with the speed sensor.


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

    The first snag was one of the lower shock bolt was torqued on way too tight and it took some doing to get it off. He managed to borrow a hardened steel driver and a 4 foot long pry bar, but off it came.

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

    It was incredible to see the totally destroyed old shock!

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

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

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

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

    Next when they initially tried to seat the new one it did not look like it would fit. The upper frame bolt was in the way, but flipping it around solved the issue and it fit perfectly.

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

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

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

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

    This shock is even lower than the previous and it can be cranked up into the usable range and I can sill touch the ground! This will hopefully prevent the overheating issue. Also we thing the shaft was bent probably last year on the goat path in Albania!

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

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Trevor and Orvar had taken a day ride up to the battle of Didgori monument and then planned to leave for Armenia, but checking there spot they were not back to the hotel yet.

    [​IMG]18881750_10154525516356003_4831111584560534843_n by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Photo credit Trevor

    Video credit Orvar



    We messaged them and they came by the shop and we now could all head south together. We left the shop at 230 and rode south.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-06-07 at 15.15.07 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Now you ride 200 m to the customs parking. here we were met by the insurance agent who spoke English and directed us where to go. This was nice sine the border guy never told us we even had to go to customs. In customs they also want the passport and registration and fill in a TVIP. This seems a bit stupid, since I checked the VIN on Dan’s , which was correct, but when I said mine had 1 number worn the guy said “ it’s not a problem” and would not fix it….Trevor was last and funny thing was he did not even type in his VIN on the form! Useless paperwork.

    Now you check out at the police gate and ride over to the insurance office. It is valid for 10 days and cost 35$US.

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

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

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    Its now getting late in the day at almost 5 and we have 154 km and 2 1/2 hours to go to get to Sevan. We decided to just see how far we could get and stop at the first decent place. We did make a directional mistake just after the border when the GPS’s did not agree on the direction. The correct one was go left to Noyemberyan, but we went right.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-06-07 at 07.54.45 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-06-07 at 15.18.19 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

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

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

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

    [​IMG]Tblisi-19 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This was going well on the paved M6 that goes along the deep valley floor until after about 10 km of dirt and construction when a back hoe driver flagged us down to say the road to Sevan was blocked this way. He did mark the waypoint on the GPS for the town where the detour ends and we headed there. This was a back track to a switch back road up the wall of the canyon.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-06-07 at 07.55.18 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

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

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

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

    We finally arrived to Stepanavan at 830 pm. This is a biggish town and we made for a hotel listed in the GPS. It was ok, not cheap especially by Armenian standards and a bit Bates like. There was however great parking and a very good restaurant 2 blocks away.
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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