Day 416: After leaving Kars it was not a steep but steady climb from 1750m to 2250m.
At noon I met a cyclist from Sweden going to Iran an Thailand. He is with three other Swedish friends and after a few minutes 2 of them joined us.
They where going to Doḡubayazi to wait for their Iran Visa. The last of them where cycling together with a german some hours behind them.
After the pass I met them and we talked for almost one hour. They tried my bike and where amazed about the riding characteristics.
After we separated I went on for another two hours. After a short rain shower the weather was good again and I found a place to camp at a field close to the road.
I had a fantastic sunset and the owner came and asked if I needed some kind of help.
Day 417: At 9am I was on the road again and first I had to climb 200m. But that was just a taste of the big climb later that day.
Before reaching Georgia I had one last mountain to overcome. 500m climb, most of it between 7-10% steep.
It took me three hours to reach the top of 2550m.
The decent of 1100m was amazing.
From the town of Posof it was another 15km to the border. I finally reached the Turkish-Georgian border and I had no problem entering Georgia.
You only get a stamp and you can stay 360 days in Georgia. That is probably the most liberal entry procedure I know. Unfortunately in September the Government will change it to harmonize it to European Union procedures.
Just behind the border I stopped at a filling station to get something to drink.
I only went another two km and found a spot to camp.
After my tent was set up and I was ready to cook dinner, two military or policeman came and told me the place is not safe, because there are bears and wolfs in this area. They asked me to go back to the filling station for the night. I packed everything in 30min and cycled back to the fuel station. It was only 2 km but its was a steep climb it it was already dark. When I arrived I was very exhausted.
One of the road construction workers spoke english and I explained the situation to him. He said they also have a problem with snakes in this area and when I came up the hill a snake crossed the street.
Anybody knows if this is a poisonous snake?
The personal from the station told me I cold put my tent right in from of the shop.
So I did. The road workers had a brake and everybody watched me setting up my camp. Someone gave me a big glass of vodka and afterwords everything was easy.
Day 418: I did not sleep very good, because the road construction went on till after 2am and early in the morning cars and trucks passed close by.
The area was very beautiful and I was glad that it was mostly downhill. Only the wind was strong and exactly from the front. I was very tired and had to take a long brake. But it did not help. When I saw a sign for a guesthouse I decided to stop.
It was a very nice guesthouse. The room was big and clean and I had a enormous and tasty dinner with self made wine and bread.
The family operating the house was very nice and encroached me to eat the cherries and other fruits of their garden. Later that evening they made their own bread in a traditional oven.
It was so nice to relax and walk around the garden and the village.
If you ever come in this area I can really recommend this guesthouse.
Day 416: 87,77 km all: 12.853 km
Day 417: 74,27 km all: 12.928 km
Day 418: 39,56 km all:12.967 km