World Cycle: Routes through the Caucasus

Posted: April 24, 2014 in Cycling
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I will have over 3 months to get from Istanbul to Dushanbe in Tajikistan (as part of my bicycle trip from the Netherlands to Australia) to meet up with Chris before we cycle the Pamir Highway and then through Tibet. I understand that it should take about 2 months. Allowing several weeks for visa applications, I should still have a few weeks to meander a bit. I have decided to plan to go through the Caucasus states of Georgia and Armenia. They sound very beautiful. Many cyclists report lovely stories from there.

Gergeti Trinity Church

Gergeti Trinity Church. Photo Zenon Guse

I plan to let my route be dictated by how it all develops, depending on the time that I have. To make some rough time planning, I have made a baseline route. Here are my planned routes for Georgia and Armenia.

All suggestions are welcome!

Comments
  1. AndrewGills says:

    I can’t wait to see your trip because I am doing something similar and am interested in tips for places to see. I am flying from Brisbane to Adelaide on 8 July then will start cycling my way round the world. It’s not going to be linear like your trip. I am going Cycling Dutch Girl style because I have no time limit. From Adelaide I’ll explore South Oz (Kangaroo Island, Eyre Peninsula, Flinders Rangers and Adelaide Hills) before heading east towards the Grampians then north to follow the Murray River upstream to the mountains. I’ll eventually get to Sydney (I anticipate that will take 6 months) before flying to NZ for 3 months. Then I’ll fly to Holland to spend time with my Oma and explore Europe, northern Africa and the western parts of Asia. From Europe who knows … maybe ride to Cape Town and then head across to South America. But otherwise I might go to the US. I have no real fixed plans … just to go to Adelaide and start exploring.

    • Hi Andrew,
      This sounds like a great adventure. You will be starting in my home tome. A good place to start!

      If you cycle in Australia for 6 months, starting in July, you will be cycling in the middle of summer, which might be challenging. Doing it slowly and carefully should make it OK. I hope to be cycling in Australia in the winter, although, my plans are also flexible (with no concrete end, although I guess I will take 2 years).

      All the best with your trip!

      Matthew

      • AndrewGills says:

        Yeah, I’m from Brissy so I know all about our summers 🙂 . I’m hoping to time my arrival in Sydney around late November / early December so I can hop across the ditch to NZ for the summer proper. I anticipate that I’ll be in the Snowies by the time it really heats up in November.

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