Hello you all!
I and my girlfriend have returned back to Italy from Georgia and Armenia some days ago... 10,055 km (about 6300 miles) in about 21 days, our motorcycle life's record!
It was a fantastic trip: the scenery was great, people were super-super-friendly and helpful (especially when we got stuck in the mud at sunset in north-eastern Turkey) and food tasted very good.
We did not make it in entering Azerbaijan at Krasny Most border line: after 1 and 1/2 hours in line, the Azeri officers told us that even though our visas were ok, we could not enter the Country if we did not leave a deposit of USD 1520 refundable at exit.
I told them that the Tourism Office in Baku made me sure that there was no need of a deposit in case we remained in Azerbaijan within the famous 72 hours but they did not care and told us quite rudely that if we wanted to go back to Georgia we were free to do it . And we did it, cause nobody forces us to visit Azerbaiajan.
So, we used the three days we had to spend in Azerbaijan going to Kazbegi in the north on the Georgian Military Road that put us in the middle of stunning sceneries and great experiences.
Armenia was also a nice surprise, with its monasteries set in great landscapes.
Turkey was the same fantastic Country full of fantastic people I visited already way back in 2008.
I also thank Rtwdoug of the HUBB for the wonderful three days we spent together riding in Georgia and Armenia, really a perfect travel mate that I and my girl really hope to meet again.
Georgia and Armenia: a big plus for the sceneries and for the people (FANTASTIC folks), but a big minus for the lack of road signs and for the road conditions (especially in Armenia, but we rode very bad roads also in Georgia and Turkey).
Just to give you an idea, this YouTube - Offroad harley shovelhead in Georgia (the one in Asia)
is a video shot by my girlfriend that was riding pillion, showing Doug and us on a Georgian gravel road alongside the border with Azerbaijan, a road that we took by mistake.
Azerbaijan: a big minus for the customs officers (really not a pleasant experience), but the Azeri people we met in line were veeery friendly and kind.
Our Harley has reported some damage due to the road conditions in eastern Turkey, Georgia and Armenia, but took us home with no problems and this is the most important thing.
Georgia and Armenia are two Countries that I suggest to visit, they can offer much to everybody.
I will post a small report and pics as soon as possible.