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Old 08-02-2012, 09:33 PM   #61
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Barf laundry soap, maybe to remove vomit stains?




This church looks interesting, it overlooks the town.


The old fortress is in the middle of town







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Old 08-02-2012, 09:39 PM   #62
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Then we went to the Stalin museum. Id been here a couple years ago, but was worth another look



Stalins death mask.

Me & Joe


His childhood home


We took off to visit Uplishtsikhe, an old cave city close by, once a trade town on the silk road.




Many lizards running around




In the valley below, the remnants of a roman city



Its getting REALLY hot, so we head north, to the Georgia military highway & Kazbegi
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:48 AM   #63
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Old 08-03-2012, 02:45 PM   #64
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Always attracted to the TV cameras; Doug Kardashian.

I always look forward to wiping my ass with Sofia;

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Old 08-03-2012, 11:22 PM   #65
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I took a shortcut heading north, and as with most of my shortcuts, which look good on a map, there is some dirt involved. There wasnt a lot of it tho. We wanted to bypass Tlibisi, the main city. Id been there a few times, and theres really not much there besides bad traffic. Besides, I really wanted to get into the mountains. Id never been up there, as the border with Russia was closed, but now it is finally open. Its an awesome road, & the traffic wasnt too bad.

On the way up, was this old fortress/church



I needed gas, but I hadnt seen a gas station in quite awhile. Then I saw this one, & stopped. No one was there, but then some old guy came out of the house. He had a chart (handwritten) that showed amounts of gas & the costs. I wasnt sure how much it would hold, but I made a guess. I manned the pump handle while he went to the controller thing & watched the needle, until I got the gas I paid for. Then we put some in Polys bike also.





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Old 08-03-2012, 11:23 PM   #66
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:24 PM   #67
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You can see some sort of monument off in the distance

And this is what it looks like up close




This looks like mud, but its calcium deposits, many people stop here to have a drink




We stopped at a police station to ask about a hotel, but as all police in Georgia, they didnt know anything. There was about 20km of dirt/gravel thru here. It wasnt too bad tho.





We found a small homestay/hotel & spent the nite. It was a nice place, right under a mountain
The next morning it was nice & sunny, although not so warm. It was about 110f yesterday down south, this morning was about 50f. quite a change!


I saw a couple white dots on the side of the mountain, it was these 2 goats playing & chasing each other. I put the zoom lens on the camera to get some pics. Unfortunately, I recently got this camera, & have not figured out all the settings & BS on it. Its WAY smarter than I am..


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Old 08-03-2012, 11:26 PM   #68
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The next morning we went to town, this is about the last town before the border, Stepantsminda.
Its sort of touristy, and we actually finally met 2 cops doing some sort of job. They told us we couldnt park here.



Overlooking the town is this mountain with a church on the top

Its a very famous symbol of Geo & the region, and I wanted to visit it. Its only 8km to the top, how bad could it be?
The clouds have moved in, & its starting to rain a little off n on. We start heading up thru the town, & the road gets real bad, real fast. Its getting steeper, and the rocks are getting bigger. Poly decided to wait in the town for me, so off I go.
It was a bad road. And as there had been rain recently, there was a stretch of slick mud, plus a lot of uphill & rocks. It sucked. But it was fun, and I was very happy when I made the top. Several 4x4s were also there, and I saw several on the way up that were giving up & turning back. Its about 8000feet up at the top, and the church is about 600 years old. I really wish it hadnt been cloudy, as the surrounding peaks were covered. But it was still pretty awesome. Id bet not many Harleys had been up here before.








The way back down was more entertaining. I dunno about the rest of you, but going downhill on mud & wet rocks is not my favorite. I found Poly, who had made some new friends.
We gave them a motocamp sticker for their bikes, & headed to the border


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Old 08-04-2012, 12:37 AM   #69
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This is front page stuff!
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Great Report Doug.....Thanks for taking the time to include all of us!
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Another great read Doug.

Do you feel that you've sold yourself short using the same bike again this year?
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Old 08-05-2012, 01:29 PM   #72
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Nice trip, Doug.
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Old 08-05-2012, 09:35 PM   #73
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:58 PM   #74
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Now I can say it's summer, I was missing doug's report this year.

By the way, your riding gear is getting much more better, you are now closer to a beemer.

thanks for another great report,
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:16 AM   #75
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It was a bad road. And as there had been rain recently, there was a stretch of slick mud, plus a lot of uphill & rocks. It sucked. But it was fun, and I was very happy when I made the top. But it was still pretty awesome. Id bet not many Harleys had been up here before.
I know what you mean. I was there on my enduro bike in July and the way up to the church was just as you describe it. I cannot imagine anybody riding a hog loaded with luggage to the summit. Good job.
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