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Old 5 Jun 2012
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Sorry I didn't read all the 57 replies, so maybe somebody else already suggested you this roads.
The first one we did it last month and we really enjoyed it!! (From Bat'umi to Akhalts'ikhe). Consider that we are 2 persons riding on a 1991 Honda Transalp full of bags so if we made it everyone else can make it!

https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid...8a15b0ca&msa=0

On the map this road is showed as a main road but it has 50km of pure off-road fun (maybe less fun for our 21 years old bike full loaded...) with rumbling creeks and narrow passages between 3 meters high ice walls...
I'm about to finish editing the video of the road, if you want I can send you the link when I'm done...

The second road I suggest you is this (from K'ut'aisi and Akhalts'ikhe):
I didn't personally do it, but in Armenia I meet 4 bikers that tryed to ride the secondary road between K'ut'aisi and Akhalts'ikhe but they said it was too hard and too narrow so they decided to go back. I actually don't know the real conditions of the road, but I'm assuming it would be much more adventurous than the first one!

You will just have to remember to harden the suspensions and ease the chain because the Georgian potholes will try them to the limit....

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It looks like many Italians transit that road! 2 years ago we gave a lift there to an Italian girl who was the pillion on a Varadero 1000 there (an Italian friend had recommended that road to them as well!). They could have done it, sure (he was TOUGH), but the bike overheated.

After Khulo it gets rough, but at the time our 23 y/o Renault 5 was just unstoppable: 3 people and (light) luggage, creeks crossing and going stronger and stronger, it felt like one ot those ZIL trucks on the side of the... (road?) track! (miss it, faithful R5).

EDIT: NO CAMPING THERE, we were really warned by local people about wolves/bears attacks.

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Here some video from this part as well: Ilpo Juvander > Home - Video from a trip to Caucasus 2011. Was really nice riding on it!
Great Video looks awesome riding, acording to my map this is a 4 lane highway???
Looks like a detour to ride here, will try and watch all the 2hr video tonight

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Border Crossing Point GEO -RUS at Verkhniy Lars is open for non-CSI citizens too; I crossed it this morning with a valid russian visa. No more then 30' to wait.

Beside 20 km. from Gadauri (GEO) to north, the road is good.
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Georgia is sounding better and better: the Kazbegi border is open and getting through them is easy. Really looking forward to getting into Georgia.

Bit off topic... but for you folks that have been through Georgia, is there anywhere to draw out cash on or near the border? If not will there be someone lingering on the border to change some currency and what do they prefer to change? Will they take Euros, Dollars or Roubles in Georgia.

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Bit off topic... but for you folks that have been through Georgia, is there anywhere to draw out cash on or near the border? If not will there be someone lingering on the border to change some currency and what do they prefer to change? Will they take Euros, Dollars or Roubles in Georgia.
I entered into Georgia at SARPI border crossing point and I found an exchange office; euros and dollars are most welcome. No way to change money at the black market.
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