What can I say? The wine is good (a bit of trial and error at first), the beer is very good and the people are very friendly.
I have had my friend April with me - US diplomat who I stayed with in Rio, it's good to be able to return the hospitality favour and host her on an episode of bike travel in Georgia and Armenia.
She has loved it, even the mechanical issues and the coasting towards the border on petrol fumes when we got that crucial travel formula slightly wrong -you know the one- Fuel/Local Currency/Distance to Border.
Although in my defence, I had been given the wrong directions for the border and we ended up in the no-go military zone between Armenia and Azerbaijan -an area known for its minefields.
"Just don't put your feet down" I advised April.
I am now solo again, but not for long as an XT600 rider- Leon has turned up in town and spotted Thelma - he guessed it was me.
I am in Borjomi, a town in the south west surrounded by mountains and home to hot springs, a great place to stay and chill - it's like the Coroico of Georgia.
The news about Turkmenistan is not good - they have closed the borders to foreigners and so I am going to have to re-route via a ferry to Aktau and then the not very nice road across Kazakhstan and into Uzbkistan that way- I've seen the pictures and Thelma and I are not looking forward to it. I will also need to get a Kazakh visa in Azerbaijan (no Embassy here).Posted by tiffanycoates at June 04, 2009 03:45 PM GMT
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