Originally Posted by Revenue
I will be passing through Georgia from Turkey then into Russia in August 2012, has any one any recomendations for places to ride/ things to see on my short visit. Have seen a few mountain passes on the map from Akhalkalaki to Bordzhomi area.
I will be spending one night in Batumi and 2 nights in Tbilisi, any ideas will be great.
I come back to other questions, apart from GE-RUS border:
Don't worry about passes in that strech, at least until Vardzia, which right next to Akhalkalaki and that you should not miss (a whole city carved in the mountain).
In that area, the road from Akhalsikhe to Batumi will be bad after Skhvilisi until Khulo, the one crossing Adjara, the Muslim region in southern Georgia. Nothing very particular, apart from a few old stone bridges, but we loved it, the people were reeeeally nice (warning, I was told not to camp AT ALL in the area, b/c of jackals, wolves and bears). Near Akhalsikhe, although hard to find the gravel road, you can visit the Sapara monastery, very nice frescoes that were being restored.
To Borjomi you have a good road and nothing to worry, if I recall correctly, after the Adjara road for sure it looked good.
Thumbs up for Tbilisi, very charming city.
Enjoy it (greeeeeat food!),