Day 441: After three weeks in Tbilisi I was happy to be on the road again. I said good bye to my roommates and started by cycling through the city.
After a 200m climb I had a pleasant ride to the border of Armenia. Just 15km short of the border I stopped for the night. I even had filled my 10 liter shower-bag at the last filling station with hot water, so I had a pleasant shower.
Day 442: The few km to the border was downhill and just before noon I reached the border to Armenia. The crossing was very easy and fast with no baggage control. The border officers wished me a nice stay and congratulated Germany for winning the world cup.
I just entered Armenia and was starting my first climb. The countryside is very beautiful and mountainous. The rest of the day I was slowly climbing in a nice valley following a river.
After 50km I was looking for a place to camp along the river. It was impossible to find a suitable spot, because either the road was high above the river or there was no flat area close to it. After 70km I finally crossed the river at a old bridge and found a place. It was not close to the river but there was a small creek so I had water for washing and cooking.
Just before I retired for the day I met a couple from Switzerland on a bike tour around Armenia and Georgia.
Day 443: After a good night I took my time and started at noon.
The climbing continued. Two jung dogs followed me for a while and after I gave them something to eat they did not want to leave.
I met another German cyclist who is going from Yerevan to Istanbul. Richard has only two bags. Due to his limited time he is not camping and so he can cover great distances in one day.
Finally I reached the top of the mountain and was descending into the town of Vanadzor. After I bought some groceries and liquids, I was ready to find a place to camp.
Just before exiting the town, I met two cyclist from the Netherlands. They told me about another Italian cyclist, who has a 30€ bicycle. A few minutes later he came to us. And what a surprise, I knew him from Cyprus. We met in January in North Cyprus (Day 268).
He was already late for a meeting, and left after two minutes.
While we where exchanging contact information, two other cyclist from Germany joined us.
Because it was getting late we decided to find a place to camp together. After another 150m climb we found a very nice place on top off a hill. We shared a tasty dinner and some beer and had a lot to talk about.
We all where very tired and after more than 1000m climb in only 41km I felled asleep right away.
Day 444: The next morning we had a extensive breakfast. We said good bye and we hope to see us again somewhere in the future.
I wanted to go only 30 km to the next town, so I took my time packing my things. At moon I started to go on and climbed 200m.
I met two other cyclist from Poland and Luxembourg. The Polish guy its almost two years traveling all over Europe.
In the town of Dilijan I bought some supplies and continued. A few km outside the town I found a wonderful palace close to a river for the night. It was still early, so I could relax, read and take a both in the river.
Day 441: 60,16 km all: 13.233 km
Day 442: 71,05 km all: 13.304 km
Day 443: 41,46 km all: 13.345 km
Day 444: 33,97 km all: 13.379 km