Georgia Tour with Ride East – Day 4 – Lagodekhi to Udabno
Day 4 starts with a general maintenance of my right carburator which caused problems during the last days. At the end Sandro replaces the carburator by a spare one.
In the meantime I take some pictures of the datcha and the environment around.
Vasilii’s datcha is the last one in a small village, all kind of animals are running around, looking for food. Cows, pigs, horses, hens – it really has an idyllic touch.
Although the comfort in the datcha is limited, the general mood is very good. Before we start to visit Lagodekhi Nationalpark, we return to the creek crossing for some photos.
On the way to the main entrance of Lagodekhi Nationalpark we meet a local Ural rider with his motorbike. He is as interested in our old Dnepr as we are interested in his Ural.
Lagodekhi Nationalpark is more than 100 years old; it is the home of a unique diversity of fauna and flora, located in an altitude from 300 up to 3,000 m. We skip the originally planned horse ride as it would last a minimum of half a day. The Nationalpark is worth to be visited for more than one day, but we don’t have the time.
In the town of Lagodekhi we take an early lunch and meet several motorbikes with sidecars. Obviously they are used here as working and transport vehicles.
Before leaving Lagodekhi we have a look at the close border to Asserbeidschan.
After lunch we turn southwest and cross Kakheti Region with its huge wine production area. The bikes are running smooth …. until we are close to Udabno, the village we will stay overnight. My Dnepr starts again to make problems from the right carburator. Hence Sandro knows it cannot be a carburator problem, he changes the ignition timing and suddenly the bike runs like hell …. for 500 m. Then it stops again. Engine is running smooth, gearbox is working, crankshaft is moving but the bike isn’t. Sandro identifies the problem in a second – the rear wheel is lose and doesn’t transmit the movement of the crankshaft to the wheel.
Whilst Sandro fixes the problem, we have time to watch the landscape around. Instead of high mountains we see green hills now.
Eileen decides to join Martin and Petra on their bike for the last kilometers.
Without anymore problems we arrive in Udabno, and once again we find the overwhelming hospitality of a Georgian family. Who cares, that we have to share one bathroom with the family. If I want to have a comfortable holiday according to European standards, I will go to Mallorca (what I never would do – never ever!)
And once again we end a day with a traditional Georgian dinner, beer and Cha Cha – and we find a new kind of Khachapuri on the dinner table.