Riding the Georgia Mountains

Friday July 11, 2014, 43 miles (69 km) – Total so far: 3,773 miles (6,072 km)

Thursday July 10, 2014 27 miles Breakfast at the local hotels doesn’t start until 9 am so we slept in for this. Then we realized we had reached another time zone somewhere and we had lost an hour. It was a late and hot start for us as we rode out of town and into the local mountains for our trek across Georgia. Cows roam freely here so they were everywhere once we started climbing. Sometimes they move but most times just stand their ground and eat. We soon arrived at a very nice winery and Jocelyn shouted out, “What do you think, dad?” Of course I said yes. We enjoyed tasting some fine Georgian wine then had lunch. The hours ticked by and we stopped for several breaks just to get out of the sun. The miles were coming hard. At another village we stopped for ice cream and asked the proprietor about wine as we wanted to camp early. He told us to continue and Jocelyn was flagged down in front of a river house where we were invited for beer, food, and camping as the proprietor had called ahead to a friend. Our translator was great and we all enjoyed typing in phrases so that we could communicate. At that point we were invited to “camp” inside the house so we brought our bikes in and settled down to the sound of the rushing river below.

Friday July 11, 2014 16 miles We were on the road by 8:30 but already the heat got to us. The last few days have been well into the 100’s F. We again stopped at villages for fruit and cold drinks and enjoyed sitting with the locals and seeing who talked the most English. Once their limit is reached they say goodbye and walk away. We do enjoy talking or attempting to talk Russian but there are several dialects here so it can be a bit confusing. The many local spring fountains do have delicious cold water flowing and we continually fill our bottles. The climbing was a bit more intense as we were headed to a ski resort in the village of Shuakhevi. After 16 miles we were beat as we rode past an unexpected ski resort hotel where we immediately checked in. What a beautiful resort with an off season rate of only $40 USD! We were sold on our balcony view alone as we faced a total wall of just trees. There was no internet but we didn’t care. We will get up early before the heat sets in and continue our journey east.

A fine family run apartment/hotel in Batumi. We enjoyed two nice days here.
A fine family run apartment/hotel in Batumi. We enjoyed two nice days here.
The locals seemed to ignore us as we rode out of town...
The locals seemed to ignore us as we rode out of town…
except for this guy.
except for this guy.
Melons are in season.
Melons are in season.
The locals keeping the playground trimmed.
The locals keeping the playground trimmed.
Our Monday morning commute.
Our Monday morning commute.
If it is good enough for Hillary it is good enough for us.
If it is good enough for Hillary it is good enough for us.

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Same longitude and latitude!
Same longitude and latitude!
A very fine lunch setting.
A very fine lunch setting.

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A break with...
A break with…
a fine Georgian Mountain beer.
a fine Georgian Mountain beer.

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I'm glad I'm a guy.
I’m glad I’m a guy.

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Jocelyn went swimming.
Jocelyn went swimming.
another break spot as the locals gather around us.
another break spot as the locals gather around us.
Our potential camping spot turned into an inside invitation.
Our potential camping spot turned into an inside invitation.
A lovely dinner on the burner.
A lovely dinner on the burner.

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Fine fish!
Fine fish!
The outhouse that dumped onto the river.
The outhouse that dumped onto the river.

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I'll say it again...
I’ll say it again…
A Soviet war memorial.
A Soviet war memorial.

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It was hot - our kickstands melted into the asphalt.
It was hot – our kickstands melted into the asphalt.
  What a view from our room.

What a view from our room.
Our balcony looking onto a wall of trees.
Our balcony looking onto a wall of trees.

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2 thoughts on “Riding the Georgia Mountains

  1. Lovin’ this stuff! What a fantastic blog… like taking the trip myself. Keep posting the great pics and descriptions.

  2. WHEW, this really takes my mind to a totally different place. I saw the Latitude and Longitude were about the same and that clicked with your wine bottle picture. The heat and the road conditions are challenging enough , but the squat toilets beat me down. I know this week was tough and you two have some choices to make. I support your journey and pray for your safety. Please make sure to rest and stay hydrated, as we all know that the food and drinks are different there. Starting earlier is an option if you have food! Keep me laughing at the cows in the street, play areas and in your way! Honk! I really like the ornamental bike that could be a planter in my front garden….

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