Originally Posted by kujo4pm
To all the old hats: Where else are must sees of the area? What should I eat? What should I drink?
been in Georgia this summer, actually in July....
found it very difficult to find a wild camp side in Georgia, regarding, that every body is actually working on the land, live stock running around, so don't be surprised if some domestic picks or cows pay you a visit, being a bit nosy around your tent.. well yes... as well as the locals in the morning even in the most remote and hidden corner... so the land is very much used in a extensive way.
Yes the locals are very friendly... yeah... being very curios about what you are doing anyway... and keep in mind.. the Georgian population is a very much Catholic in there live style.
Used the Turkish border at the black sea "Sarp/Sarpi" to Batumi as well, be aware that there are Turkish fixer trying to rout you trough the "Turkish" checkpoints only, which is not necessary at all to get out of Turkey, but this fixer will try to charge you 20-Euros for there service... rushing forward and backwards between the check points, by passing all this cars, HGV and coaches in the queue, which you can do with out them anyway.
Keep in mind, that there are no cash machines in Georgia (at least I could not find one), so change some money just after the border, you will need cash only, no plastic at all... even to fuel up, the petrol station attendant want to see that you got enough money, even before he pours the liquid black gold in to your tank.
Georgian road condition... well yeah... lake size pothole's with ducks paddling in it and you need some sort of off-road experiences beforehand to make your way, specially if you are planing to see some remote villages you need to be able to ride standing upright for miles and hours on the pegs.
On the way back to Turkey I went down to the border south of Akhaltskhe near to Vale. Very easy border, very friendly and only local border traffic, so no hold up at all.
On that small stretch on the way to Akhaltsikhe there are some sort of small "Guesthouses" in private homes running by old people, marked with a small blue sign... you will be treated like a messenger from heaven... served with unbelievable tasty home made food in large quantities.
For drinking... home made cherry juice, Cay or water... shopping in small village shops, ask the old folk for home made cheese... very tasty, if you don't mind the squeaking between your teeth, ones in your mouth...
Georgian village shop: