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Old 06-04-2010, 11:05 PM   #151
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Old 06-05-2010, 06:00 PM   #152
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Hey Shu Karst and Tom still following along everyday. I don't have much to add because I have never been anywhere near that area. Still enjoying this great RR.



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Old 06-06-2010, 11:40 AM   #153
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Reefdog, you are right. I did it for a while and I have been slacking lately. It does make it a lot easier, wish I had some of this information before we started our travels. Instea dof doing the google / google maps / LP / google earth routine.

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Old 06-06-2010, 08:59 PM   #154
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Hows the Georgian roads treating you guys???
Which way are you going into Azerbaijan??? the RED bridge way is the shortest in distance to Baku BUT the scenery via the border at Lagodekhi 4147'28.84"N 4618'35.14"E is briiliant

just a couple of ideas for ya in Baku

The old City of Baku and maidens tower 4021'57.65"N 4950'15.91"E

the carpet museum 4022'10.12"N 4950'33.85"E well worth a look

and my favourite

PHoenix Hotel Cold cold cold cold BEER and GREAT pub grub (the steaks yum) and sexy bar maids 4022'13.98"N 4950'22.88"E (within 50 yards)

Where did you get your Turkmenistan transit veras??????

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Old 06-07-2010, 07:06 AM   #155
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Reef, thanks for those tips. We have't finialized our plans for Azerbajian, but the northerly route seems preferred all the way around. We do a lot of these things on a day to day basis. We just arrived in Tsiblisi with an apparently blown fork seal, so we have a litlle work to do. With the help of some locals it seems we may have a source for a little bit of fork oil and we have spare seal, so no big deal.

The roads, as you know, vary from great to very bad. Yesterday we had some bad stuff for miles, today was mostly smooth sailing. Some of the really bad parts may have contributed to the seal demise.

How much did they charge you at the Phoenix hotel, do you remember?

Any hints on procedures for getting the ferry tickets? Where is the ticket office, any particular procedure to go thru? Did you get a cabin once on the boat? Cost for the ferry / cabin negotiable?

To go thru Turkmenistan we hired Stantours. 5 days "tour". Although our trip will last 4 months we did want to get stuck in Baku for who knows how many days to get the transit visa.

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Old 06-07-2010, 08:17 AM   #156
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Back in the USSR

After spending a couple of weeks enjoying the people and sights of Turkey, we're now in Georgia. The Turks set a high hospitality bar, but the Georgians seem to have matched it. Within a couple of hours of being in the country we were invited to a party by the local motorcycle club and we had cups of thick coffee handed to us by the owner of a fabric shop. We couldn't make the party but it was grand having a cuppa joe after subsisting on Turkish tea. Later the same evening we were invited guests to high school graduation banquet.

We reported that Turkey was in a frenzied state of construction. In Georgia, it's more of a state of destruction. The buildings, roads, factories, etc are in a slow-motion decay mode began -- I can only assume -- when the Soviet Union collapsed. Despite the condition of the infrastructure, the lives of the Georgians appear to this traveler to pretty good. Very pastoral.

More or less every animal from Old McDonald's inventory is wandering the roads presenting us with a moving-target slalom course. Even the main road connecting Istanbul to Baku is open range. Yesterday we entered a pitch black tunnel and, with a little sphincter tightening, got adjusted to the slimy mud and water-filled potholes. Right about then we realized the tunnel was full of cows too!

I'm OK with the cows but the pigs are spooking me; it seems like they're plotting mayhem as they trot down the middle of the road.

Here are some shots of Zestaponi, hinting back to better economic times.






This family felled a tree right across the road. For firewood, I guess. When we pulled up, they apologized and got the chainsaw going right quick to clear a motorcycle-sized path.


But Shu got caught off guard by the Georgia Chainsaw Massacre!


I found a small metal-working shop to let me use their vise for a small repair on my panniers. As usual, they wouldn't accept any money for helping us out. When we were all done, out came three beers. We were able to take a few polite sips and find a discreet place to dump out the rest. We had a similar incident after getting gas yesterday. The crowd that formed practically begged us to stay and have vodka. We felt a bit rude declining and driving away but I'm not sure what options we had. The guy on the left ran the metal shop. He must have a big date coming up because he just spray painted his shoes black.


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Old 06-07-2010, 11:14 AM   #157
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Welcome to Georgia

5 June 2010

We entered Georgia ( Georjistan' as the Turks say it). Here's a last view of Turkey from a high pass on the road to the border crossing.




The border crossing went smoothly: three offices to visit for the Turks (police, customs, vehicle check) and three for the Georgians. I kind of blew right by the Georgian customs office (I thought they were waving me through, honest.) and I got sent back but no one seemed to mind too much.

Then, more of the kind of hospitality we were getting from the Turks. We went to a bank in Akhaltsikhe to change our Turkish Lira into Georgian Lari. Parking the motos on the street just down from the bank, Tom started a conversation with two Armenian women who were selling curtains and sheets in a shop there. Before we knew it they had two cups of sweet, strong coffee poured for us and had rounded up a couple of chairs to sit on.

Welcome to Georgia!






We found a hotel behind a gas station in Zestaponi, bought a liter and a half bottle of beer to split did some laundry and then went next store to a restaurant for dinner. There was a banquet going on and they sat us in another room and brought in plate after plate of food for us to eat, the same as they were serving at the party.

We finished eating and were going to leave when we found ourselves swept up by the partygoers. They were the local high school graduating class (and their teachers? parents?) Glasses of wine put into our hands and we were pulled into the party room and onto the dance floor with them. A couple of toasts, some more wine, some more dancing, a big 'tort' (cake), everyone laughing and smiling and dancing. Everytime we tried to leave we were pulled back for more. Finally, we congratulated the students and went back to our room.








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Old 06-07-2010, 11:38 AM   #158
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Here are a few pics I liked from days past in Turkey that I never got around to posting.

This is from the day we spent following the Euphrates River from Elazig to Erzincan.





At Kemaliye we turned off the pavement onto a dirt road that goes through rough hewn tunnel after tunnel. The road bed is hacked into the side of the cliffs that rise above the river and where there is no room for the road, the builders tunneled.



Depending on how you count ( is it a single tunnel if they broke a hole through it for light or is it 2 separate tunnels? There must have been more than 40 or 50 sections of tunnels to go in and out of.. Some short, some long; some straight, some curved or twisting; some uphill, some down. Rough hewn walls, potholed dirt track, no lights but holes cut into the walls in places to let in a bit of sunlight.

Here's Tom emerging from one of the tunnels.




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Old 06-07-2010, 11:45 AM   #159
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Dinner is Zestaponi: everytime I thought they had brought everything in I took a picture. Everytime I was wrong and more was brought in, including a large caraffe of Georgian white wine.







We had to decline the pizza and ....


and the cake (no picture)...

Georgians know how to eat and drink:



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Old 06-07-2010, 06:48 PM   #160
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Georgians know how to eat and drink:



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Hey guys ..... I'm G-Funk, a good friend of PapaD.

I've been subscribed to your thread for awhile now ....

Keep on rollin' ... you guys are doing awesome.

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Old 06-07-2010, 11:52 PM   #161
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Hello From BMWMCC

Hey guys, just wanted to let you know many of us in the Club are watching as well. Just not one to do a lot of posting. Hope you are all safe and having a great time. Sue says HI! We are leaving for Rallies in Cortez and Delores tomorrow.

Siggi, Greg and I will have a Cold One for you at the Top O' the Rockies Rally;

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Old 06-08-2010, 07:51 AM   #162
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Hello Ken, always good to hear from the home front. Glad there are some who are following us on our trip. Say hi to the gang ande we'll see you all on a Saturday monring in September.

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Old 06-09-2010, 05:43 AM   #163
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On the way to Tblisi we stopped for gas and Tom spotted a metal working shop nearby. His right side pannier was a little bent up from his drop in Cappadocia so we decided to see if the guy could do a little repair.

Bending and hammering. All done. No charge.




Not Tom's day. We arrived in Tblisi to discover that his right fork seal was leaking. He has spare seals with him and if it doesn't rain we can replace the seals with the bike parked in the street if necessary. Not a huge deal, but something that needs attention before we go on.

But what about finding fork oil? We talked to the guy at the desk at our hotel. "Is it a special oil?"




This guy was called in to help. He rode up on his MotoGuzzi that he said was used as one of the escort bikes for President Eduard Shevernadze.





He called somewhere and found out that the Castrol store might have what we need.





"I know them down at the Castrol store. I'll call them. Yes they have what you need."





"I'll go down there and pick it up for you in the morning".





And he did. We got two bottles ( the last two bottles) of Castrol fork oil in Tblisi- maybe the last two in Georgia- there are very few motorcycles here.



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Somewhere in northern Georgia near Tsageri.




A shu's-eye-view of Tblisi.


















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Old 06-09-2010, 10:19 AM   #165
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Hello KP
Been on an oil rig for a few days, so i havent been near internet,
I flew into Baku 3 years ago from Dubai and was staying with a mate who was working there, so dont know if they have rooms to stay,,but the beer is bloody cold...as i said here is a link for you to look at
http://wikitravel.org/en/Baku and http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g2...ku-Hotels.html

I never caught the ferry to turkmenistan so cant answer your questions sorry,,but I do know it is a very hit and miss affair,,nobody seems to know when the ferry leaves port for turkmenistan,,what I have read on other sites is that if you find out it leaves on a particular day be there and stay there till it leaves,,,When I was there 3 years ago there were ferries leaving from out the front of the carpet museum, which GPS co-ordinates I placed last post..
Sorry if i gave you the impression that i knew more..

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Reef, thanks for those tips. We have't finialized our plans for Azerbajian, but the northerly route seems preferred all the way around. We do a lot of these things on a day to day basis. We just arrived in Tsiblisi with an apparently blown fork seal, so we have a litlle work to do. With the help of some locals it seems we may have a source for a little bit of fork oil and we have spare seal, so no big deal.

The roads, as you know, vary from great to very bad. Yesterday we had some bad stuff for miles, today was mostly smooth sailing. Some of the really bad parts may have contributed to the seal demise.

How much did they charge you at the Phoenix hotel, do you remember?

Any hints on procedures for getting the ferry tickets? Where is the ticket office, any particular procedure to go thru? Did you get a cabin once on the boat? Cost for the ferry / cabin negotiable?

To go thru Turkmenistan we hired Stantours. 5 days "tour". Although our trip will last 4 months we did want to get stuck in Baku for who knows how many days to get the transit visa.

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