The aim for the enduro motorcyclists is to travel around Georgia by using different DOSAAF routes known in former Soviet Union and to explore places that are less known - that are not tourist destinations impossible to reach via on foot or with car. Participants of the expedition - Baizeļi are four childhood friends - Andis Pikāns, Oskars Prauliņš and Normunds Kalve.
2015-06-12 Diaries of motorcyclers: Georgia
At the moment when we are packing our motorcycles in the minibus, I start to realize that our trip has come to an end. We’ll be leaving for Riga tomorrow, but for Gvido, who is taking our rides to Riga by bus, the adventures will continue.
2015-06-11 Diaries of motorcyclers: Georgia
Our adventure is coming to an end. Oskars gives the interview to the Georgian television. We visit some parts of Tbilisi.
2015-06-10 Diaries of motorcyclers: Georgia
Around 10 a.m., we say our goodbyes to the kind monks, which we have befriended in the last 2 days. We drive in direction of Tbilisi because we have no time left for Vardzia.
2015-06-08 Diaries of motorcyclers: Georgia
We leave the comfortless place of the Marani twins in Napareuli early in the morning. Our destination for today is the monastery of Vardzia which is carved into a rock. We have to drive 250 km east from Kakheti. If we used a map, it would supposedly be smarter to go to Borjomi and then turn down, but we choose a less important road through serpentines South of Tbilisi.
2015-06-06 Diaries of motorcyclers: Georgia
The day before yesterday we rolled into a village called Saboe, it’s located 7 km from Akhmeta. It’s hard to find a place to spend the night around here, so the house on the banks of Ilto, where a Chechen woman called Iza is kind enough to offer a place to stay, is worth mentioning. 20 lari for a bed, 40 lari if you choose to also have a tasty dinner and breakfast and 50 lari if you also want wine with your dinner. A lot of wine. 1 eur-2,50 lari.
2015-06-05 Diaries of motorcyclers: Georgia
Through the night, the rain keeps pouring over the soppy Georgian mountains. In the morning, we take in the sky not without worry, but we decide that this is the day to try and conquer the mountain pass. We are treated to an asphalt road from Akhmeta to Lechuri. We try to ask every bypasser about the conditions on the mountain pass.
2015-06-04 Diaries of motorcyclers: Georgia
The lightning in the sky all around us was so intimidating, Osis decided not to put up his tent and to go to sleep under the tabele in the shed. In the morning, right after we packed the tents, it started raining and didn’t stop for another two hours.
2015-06-03 Diaries of motorcyclers: Georgia
Early in the morning, as we decided yesterday, we are trekking up to the local school of Shatili. The trail leads through an old fortress and most doors and windows are open so we can explore. It’s obvious that some of them are prepared for tourists, a place where they can spend a night in a spartic environment.
2015-06-02 Diaries of motorcyclers: Georgia
Sun. This is the first summery morning. We say our goodbyes to the Russian guys from Vyatka, fill our tanks and start driving in direction of Shatili. This route was recommended to us by Kārlis, a member of Jawa club in Latvia, he took this route last summer with his friends.
2015-06-01 Diaries of motorcyclers: Georgia
While we were filming by the Gergeti monastery, an accident happened- the strong wind capsized our camera tripod and the mike broke off. We had to glue it back on with chemical metal so we got delayed in Stepatsmind for another day so the camera would not be subjected to vibrations while the glue sets. While we were waiting, we did our laundry.
2015-05-30 Diaries of motorcyclers: Georgia
On the way from Kutaisi to Tbilisi we are surprised by construction of impressive highway. Georgians are very serious with building works. We notice that they are using German autobahn building technologies - concrete is used in the process.
2015-05-29 Diaries of motorcyclers: Georgia
Luckily Normunds's leg is not fractured, just strained fascia.
Few days ago on a road that connects Mestia and Zugdidi landslide from Caucasus mountains went down. But the road is clear for transport.
2015-05-28 Diaries of motorcyclers: Georgia
Let's begin the story with the legend of the Golden Fleece: ''In Caucasus, on the shore of the Black Sea, a fleece was hanging in a grove. The Fleece belonged to the king of Colchis. It was guarded by a dragon that never closed an eye.
2015-05-27 Diaries of motorcyclers: Georgia
The village Langeria is located only 1 km from Mestia, but it has seven towers, which are called ‘koshka’ by the Svans. Most of them are owned by the Guledani family and aunt Nuno and she is particularly proud of one of them.
2015-05-26 Diaries of motorcyclers: Georgia
Gija, the owner of the tower, demonstrates us his agricultural equipment. It is the reality in many Svaneti’s farms.
2015-05-25 Diaries of motorcyclers: Georgia
From Zugdidi we have a chance to see a beautiful view – the stunning Svanetian mountains where we are heading. There is no traffic on the roads. Only one thing – the livestock shall never be forgotten.
2015-05-24 Diaries of motorcyclers: Georgia
With its 69700 km2 big area Georgia is a bit smaller than Austria or Ireland and by a half smaller than Georgia state in the USA. Half of the teritorry is more than 900 m above the sea level, while one third is covered by woods. Main character when talking about Georgia no doubt is Caucasus, which is located across the Northern border.
2015-05-23 Diaries of motorcyclers: Georgia
Two days in Odessa dominated by blooming akacia trees are way too short time, but you can try to feel its spirit, flavor and special energy. If before visiting you have had a chance to read Petrov’s and Ilf’s novel „Twelve chairs”, it will give additional value and reinforce the feeling of the place.
2015-05-19 Diaries of motorcyclers: Georgia
Ferry that provides cargo, vehicle, motorbike and passenger movement between Ukraine (Illichevsk 30 km from Odessa) and Georgia (Batumi) has an irregular schedule around once a week. The biggest load comes from railroad cargoes that dictate the ferry’s schedule which is published approximately one month before.
2015-05-18 Diaries of motorcyclers: Georgia
From Kiev to Odessa we are separated by 500 kilometers. We are going down the E95 highway which is beaten up and in bad shape. Of course we on our enduro bikes are not affected by it. Traffic on the main road to the South is tiny and we can enjoy riding through blooming rapeseed fields glowing in electric yellow colors.