Georgia Tour with Ride East – Day 5 – Udabno to Akhalkalaki
Once again the new day starts with a huge Georgian breakfast. It’s very windy but dry when we leave our hosts and ride to David Gareji, a more than impressing old cave monastry next to the border to Asserbeidschan.
David Gareji is located at a lonelyy place, surrounded by green hills and interesting brown rock formations.
From David Gareji we turn west, following the border to Asserbeidschan for several kilometers on an unpaved track. We have to cross a military training area and see some groups of soldiers exercising how to find and defuse landmines.
After a while we return to paved roads, turn north and increase our speed, we have to ride a lot of kilometers today.
Again some oft he motorbikes cause unplanned stops. A spoke of the Martin’s rear wheel breaks and Sandro replaces the complete wheel. During the stop at a railroad crossing we can see that Georgians pass the crossing although the bars are down already.
We enter Tbilisi and turn southwest. After riding some kilometers in direction tot he Armenian border and a coffee stop, we turn west again and find a very scenic route, going up and down, left and right, just through a beautiful scenery.
Suddenly Martin has a flat rear tyre. Again the rear wheel is changed.
We enter a high plateau, more than 2,000m over a distance of approximately 70 kilometers. Although the sun is shining, the wind is horrible cold, when Sandro’s bike stops with piston squeezing. Fortunately he can continue his ride after some minutes of waiting.
We pass Lake Parwani and enter Ninotsminda, where we turn north to our final destination today, Akhalkalaki.
We stay in a small hotel overnight and have dinner in a Russian restaurant. Akhakalaki is an Armenian exclave and we only hear Armenian and Russian language.
In total we made more than 260 km – not bad for the old Soviet motorbikes.