The last time I wrote an entry, we were on the cusp of entering Georgia, not knowing what was lying ahead and we were quite frankly a littlest worried.
The truth? Georgia isn’t scary, Azerbaijan isn’t scary, they’re amazing beautiful places with some of the most welcoming hospitable people I’ve ever met.
First stop of Georgia, Batumi. A resort city with casinos, bars and hotels this is tourist trap of Georgia. The Las Vegas of Georgia I think it’s been referred as, we stopped off for one night in Batumi went out for a couple of beers and hit the road early the next day for a tough 33km day. To make matters worse, I (Sam) had to buy new boots as my second pair had fallen apart in the space of 9 weeks or so, the effects of walking too much I suppose. I then found that not only were my boots falling apart, but so too we’re my feet, and shortly after Batumi I began to feel a sharp shooting pain in my left foot, agonising, I persisted for another week or so, but in the end it was just too much. After having a chat with our doctor the decision was made that the only way it was going to get better was through rest, it was a stress fracture or soft tissue damage.
We got to Tbilisi, the beautiful capital where we then took 8 days, to try and get as much time off our feet, so that my foot would heal (pardon the pun), we then came up with the crazy idea, let’s cycle to Baku? And so, that was the challenge.
We gave ourselves £100 each to go and find bicycles and after much struggling we manage do to find two suitably rubbish bikes, which we then decorated and made them look ridiculous, oh the fun.
The day came to leave on our trusty steeds.. never ever choose to cycle with 20kg packs on your back, it’s rubbish, so so rubbish. The first day, we managed to cover an impressive 60km. But we had crossed the border into Azerbaijan, exciting, they thought we were mad… We were beat, the next day was horrendous. The bruising and the pain, well, we don’t need to go into that… Despite the pain, we managed to cover 75km, reaching the town of Tovus, where we settled down in a hotel for the night. Then, the morning came… To be continued.. because it’s in our next vlog and I don’t want to give it away….