Caucasus by Bike – Intro

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Georgia and Armenia were our goal for the big bicycle tour in 2017

 
Even when everything was very hectic just before our departure, the trip went even more fantastic.
At the end we cycled about 1100km with more than 20.000 m of altitude in 20 days and spent a total of four weeks in the Caucasus region.
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In Svanetia between Mestia and Ushguli

 
We suffered in sweat in the Svanetian mountains. We enjoyed beautiful landscapes and met the most hospitable people. We rushed through the country on the emergency lane of the highway and we crept at walking speed on the narrowest trails full of boulders.
We crawled up the mountains, serpentine to serpentine, on the hottest afternoons in the blazing sun. We refreshed  with coke and ice-cream at the small shops under the suspicious views of the owner, until we laughed with the natives about our bikes and ourselves.
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Camping with the most beautiful sunsets

We camped in bone dry steppes at magical sunsets. We filled our batteries with self “cooked” rice with mashed tomatoes directly out of our cooking stove and enjoyed the most delicious and very heavy foods of the Caukasus. We were shitless scared of an allegedly visit of a bear and weren’t able to sleep the whole night due to the adrenaline.
 We boozed with the village youth and made friends based on alcohol without understanding a single word.
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Enjoying city life in Tbilisi

The fruits were sweeter, the salads were saltier, the people friendlier, the landscapes more beautiful, the mountains higher and the lakes colder that we ever expected.
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Dog, biker and rider in their natural habitat

 
 Even when we spent four weeks in the Caucasus region, we just saw fractions of it. It is unbelievable how much outdoor possibilities of any kind this region has to offer.
It will take a lot of time to arrange all pictures and to write down all the memories.
The next posts will be written in the following weeks.
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The Svanetian Mountains ahead

 

9 Comments

  • Steffi Sunday November 12th, 2017 at 02:32 PM

    wow, what an adventure! Hats off to you and you guys must be super fit now!

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    • Borris Sunday November 12th, 2017 at 03:14 PM

      Hi Steffi,

      thanks for your comment. Of course fitness increases at journeys like this, but after the trip I am very happy to relax. The first week I didn’t ride my bike at all 🙂

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  • Maya Maceka Sunday November 12th, 2017 at 04:22 PM

    What an AMAZING experience!!

    Georgia has been on my bucket list for a long time. I’ve heard such great things about the country and it looks like a really beautiful place.

    Can’t wait to read more about the trip (and see your awesome photos) in the next post! 🙂

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    • Borris Tuesday November 14th, 2017 at 07:51 AM

      Hey Maya,
      Georgia was really amazing. I can definitely recommend it to everybody, not just for cyclist.

      There will be a lot more posts, stay stoked 🙂

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  • Yukti Sunday November 12th, 2017 at 07:07 PM

    Caucasus mountains are my favorite. You are lucky to do bike tour in it, must be tought but you have enjoyed breathtaking views.

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    • Borris Tuesday November 14th, 2017 at 07:57 AM

      Hello Yukti,

      I loved the Caucasus mountains, too. But I am quite not sure if it is my favorite. Other areas of the region are beautifull as well.
      Biking was tough, thats right, but the view and the good sleep after all the struggle is worth it.

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  • Tiazim Sunday November 12th, 2017 at 08:57 PM

    Your trip really does look amazing! Very nice pictures!

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  • Korinna Wednesday November 15th, 2017 at 04:11 PM

    Hey Borris,
    wow, das klingt ja der Hammer! Mir war nicht bewusst, dass man da so toll Radfahren kann 🙂 Ich war erstmalig in Taiwan mehrtägig mit dem Rad unterwegs und liebe diese Art der Fortbewegung einfach. Da ich schon ewig mal nach Georgien wollte, wäre das ja gleich eine super Idee. Habt ihr euch da ein Rad gekauft oder habt ihr das mit dem Flieger transportiert? Würdest du die Route nochmal fahren oder war sie doch zu anstrenged höhentechnisch?
    Liebe Grüße
    Korinna

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    • Borris Saturday November 18th, 2017 at 11:14 AM

      Hi Korinna,

      Na Radfahren kann man ja eigentlich überall 😉 Es gibt sowohl gute Straße, als auch Feldwege voller Schlaglöcher in Georgien. Den Löchern kann man aber mit dem Rad besser ausweichen als die meisten Autos.
      Wir hatten unsere Räder bei WizzAir als Sportgepäck aufgegeben und unsere ganzen Taschen mit in die Kartons gepackt. Vor Ort dann alles zusammengeschraubt und los gings. Die Route würde ich definitiv so oder so ähnlich schon fahren. Svanetien, beziehungsweise wahrscheinlich alles im Norden, ist wirklich wunderschön aber auch höllisch anstrengend.
      Man kann zur Not aber auch einfach auf die Gastfreundschaft der Georgier hoffen, uns wurde öfters angeboten die Räder ins Auto zu packen damit sie uns auf den Berg hochfahren können.
      Es folgen noch ein paar Posts, auch zur Anreise mit dem Flieger und zur Ausrüstung, also bleib gespannt 🙂

      Mfg
      Borris

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