Day 454: I left Goris through a beautiful valley. The weather was good and after two days of rest I was eager to go on.
I descended 600m and then faced a 900m climb. It was the most windy road I ever cycled. It was hard work and it took me four hours to get to the top.
After a 200 drop and another short climb I descended to the town of Kapan. I was now basically at the same elevation as I started in the morning.
I tried to find a place for my camp close to the river but could not find a good spot. I still had some sunlight so I decided to go on for a few km. Unfortunately that meant another 200m climb till I found a place close to the empty road.
This day I climbed 1600m in only 67km and I still felt good. 🙂
Day 455: The climbing continued. Frist 400 up then 300 down and again 300 up. Again more than 1200m climb in 35 km.
But the day was beautiful as the one before.
I met a german cyclist named Stefan who did some 2 and 3 year long tours before and is now on a one year trip. We talked for almost one hour and he gave me some helpful tips.
Later that afternoon I stopped at a water well and a family invite me to their barbecue. They offered me a self made drink and after I managed to go on I was, lets say well oiled. I was lucky the road was practicaly deserted, because I used the whole street. After 30 minutes it was getting better.
When I came through a village I found a small shop, bought some drinks and continued.
I followed the valley for another few km and found a rest area at the river. It was getting dark and after I set up the camp, took a refreshing bath in the river and made dinner it was almost time for bed.
Day 456: The last day in Armenia started by continuing climbing to the last mountain pass. I think I only saw three or four cars the whole day on the road.
The pass was at 2200m and the following decent was 27 km long and ended at 400m elevation. On the way down I could feel the temperature rising rapidly.
Half way down I had a flat tire on the trailer but after 15 minutes everything was repaired.
The river is the border between Armenia and Iran. The Armenian border is controlled by Russian soldiers. The river banks are fenced in and every few meters is a watchtower with a Russian and Armenian flag.
I followed the river to the border crossing. The plan was to cross the border the next day, because of the limited time of the Iranian visa.
I was looking for a place to stay but all the gardens and plantations where fenced in and locked. When I found a open gate I waited for a while to asked an older man if I could stay in his garden.
He accepted and after I set up my camp he came with some grapes, water and vodka.
Armenia is a very beautiful country. The people are very nice and helpful and I was happy to make the detour through Georgia and Armenia.
The only thing was the terrain. 11.400 m climb in 650km and most climbs where very steep and difficult.
Day 454: 67,46 km all: 13.804 km
Day 455: 34,45 km all: 13.839 km
Day 456: 63,45 km all: 13.902 km