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Old 02-15-2012, 08:55 AM   #1
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Location: Bucharest, Romania
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Black Sea Tour 2011 - Intro

Romania - Ukraine - Russia - Turkey - Bulgarian - Romania

After the ride from 2010 around the Balkans, I thought that in 2011 it would be the time to head east. The plan was to circumnavigate the Black Sea. That would be around 18 days, 4200 km, 6 countries and 2 ferries. Starting and ending the trip in Bucharest, Romania.



The only downside of the trip would be the fact that at that time (july 2011), for foreigners (non CIS, Russian or Georgian passport holders) it was impossible to cross the border from Russia to Georgia. This was the result of the war that took place between Russia and Georgia in 2008.

More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_South_Ossetia_war
The only way for foreigners was to take a ferry either from Trabzon in Turkey to Sochi in Russia, or the other way around from Sochi to Trabzon. The ferry does not have a clear schedule ( according to the information posted on the website of Sochi port it runs once a week) and itís pretty expensive (2 persons in one cabin without a window and the bike 16.500 Rubles / 650 USD).
Website of Sochi port: http://www.seaport-sochi.ru/lines/
In theory, according to some information I found on the HUBB and from various people, it is possible to enter Georgia, and from there to enter Abhazia (which is according to Georgia part of their territory) and from Abhazia to cross into Russia since Russia recognise Abhazia as independent country. I also heard that for Abhazia you need visa.
Didnít try it thou.
More recent information on the HUBB (September 2011) let us know that from August 2011 it is possible to cross the border from Russia to Georgia via Vladicavkaz and down the military road to Tbilisi.
The bike:


The same Honda Transalp from last year with some modification made over winter (engine overhaul, bigger fuel tank, new bashplate, new exhaust, new paint).

Same as last year will ride 2up.
So, letís get on with the story then. First a short preview:






















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