The road to Batumi

Although Dogubayazit is only 30km away from the Iranian border I’ve chosen to travel to Georgia and Armenia first, entering Georgia at the coastal town of Batumi. The first 100 km of the day where covered by minibus since it was raining, and afterwards I hitched with an election campaign bus into Ardahan for the night.

Crossroads near Ardahan.
Crossing over another mountain pass the next day, 2600m this time with snow and driving in the clouds, the change in landscape was quite significant; turning into a sort of Austria.
I managed to hitch-hike with the Turkish police, who drove me 10km further out of the town, parked the car next to the road and started stopping cars until they found me a direct ride to the town of Hopa on the black sea!
The Georgians where renovating the Sarpi border crossing. From the inside it looked like an airport, complete with luggage belts.

4 thoughts on “The road to Batumi”

  1. Mooie geit. Leuk gezelschap voor een kip. Trouwens mooie grens overgang en prachtig aldus natuur

  2. Blijft gaaf om je fotos en verhalen te lezen. Zekers nice dat die turkse politie hun bevoegdheden ook gebruiken voor lifters;) Stuk makkelijker auto’s stoppen dan met een bordje!

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