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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.

Our guesthouse in Udabno

Our guesthouse in Udabno

To David Gareji - turn left

To David Gareji – turn left

David Gareji is located at a lonelyy place, surrounded by green hills and interesting brown rock formations.

Arriving at David Gareji

Arriving at David Gareji

The cave monastry

The cave monastry

Beautiful colours

Beautiful colours

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.

Which direction?

Which direction?

Blue sky - but very windy

Blue sky – but very windy

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.

Closed bars? Who cares?

Closed bars? Who cares?

Georgian railroad

Georgian railroad

Let's change the rear wheel

Let’s change the rear wheel

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.

Tea and coffee break

Tea and coffee break

Suddenly Martin has a flat rear tyre. Again the rear wheel is changed.

Let's change the rear wheel again

Let’s change the rear wheel again

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.

Clouds above Lake Parwani

Clouds above Lake Parwani

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.

 

Read more – Day 6

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