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Georgia Tour with Ride East – Day 6 – Akhalkalaki to Tbilisi

We start the last day of our Georgia tour only with tea and coffee, before we leave Akhalkalaki in direction north. We want to visit the famous cave town of Wardsia before returning to Tbilisi.

We follow a typical Georgian road with a lot of potholes parallel to the small Parwani River through a narrow canyon. An old railway is used as bridge over the river.

New meaning of the word
New meaning of the word “railway bridge”

After 25 kilometers we leave the road and turn southwest, in direction to the border to Turkey. The landscape is more than beautiful and the road is leading up and down, left and right. It’s a pleasure to cruise the road with the old Soviet bikes.

Sightseeing abd maintenance break
Sightseeing and maintenance break
Scenic view
Scenic view

Another 20 kilometers later we arrive in Wardsia. The caves in the rocks of the canyon are really awesome. Martin, Petra, Thomas and Elke climb up the wall to visit them.

Ancient cave town Wardsia
Ancient cave town Wardsia
Wardsia
Wardsia
Detail view Wardsia
Detail view Wardsia

In the meantime Sandro maintains the motorbikes whilst Eileen and I take some photos.

Old Soviet motorbikes at even older Georgian caves
Old Soviet motorbikes at even older Georgian caves

We leave Wardsia after two hours. Now we have to return to Tbilisi via Akhalkalaki, Ninotsminda and Tsalka, but not before having lunch with fresh trouts just below an awesome ancient fortress.

Ancient fortress along the road to Akhalkalaki
Ancient fortress along the road to Akhalkalaki

On the high plateau, we already passed yesterday, the weather turns bad. Heavy rain and hail in an altitude of more than 2,000 meters. Martin and Petra provide Eileen and me with their rain jackets, otherwise it would have become much worse.

After one hour, when leaving the high plateau, the bad weather turns into sunshine again. Anyway, I caught a bad cold but fortunately it appears after our return to Germany.

Late afternoon we arrive in Tbilisi and stop for the last photos, including a group photo.

View on Tbilisi-Saburtalo
View on Tbilisi-Saburtalo
From left to right: Martin, Petra, Eileen, Franklin, Thomas, Elke, Sandro
From left to right: Martin, Petra, Eileen, Franklin, Thomas, Elke, Sandro

We deliver the motorbikes at Tbilisi Motorcycle Works, Sandro’s workshop, and return to the hotel by taxi.

The last six days we rode 1,111 kilometers in the north, east and south of Georgia on old Soviet bikes. Although we had some technical problems, as we expected, there was no markable break in our tour. Sandro demonstrated his skils and professionalism as mechanic as well as tour guide.

For me one thing is clear: I will return to Georgia for another tour with Ride East. Maybe we will go to western Georgia – there are so many places in Georgia worth to be visited – one tour definitely is not enough.

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