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I'm and my bicycle team (overall three young cyclists) want to travel along the route : Sochi (Russia) ---> Sukhumi (Abkhazia) ---> Batumi (Georgia) ---> Trabzon (Turkey).
I have some question and first, we can to drive along the border between Abkhazia and Georgia? Cuz I heard haves some problem with Georgia borders
No way to go. You`d be jailed in Georgia.
If you are russian it is no biggie, even everyone else can travel to Abkhazia except Georgians. Since it is occupied by Russia,i guess coming from Russia is possible. I tried to go to South Ossetia, coming from Georgia, but they took it very serious and did not want to let me in. But a russian friend of mine had no problems coming from North Ossetia.Only thing to consider is, you cannot continue towards Georgia, since you did actually entered Georgia with a proper stamp in your passport. Similiar to Transnistria and Turkish republic of northen cyprus. But it is easy to find out online.
You can go also coming from Georgia since technically it is Georgia but I do not know if you can leave it towards Russia.
Good luck, usually people in those places with no tourists due yo bad media reputation are the kindest and friendliest you will encounter. Like I experienced in Dagestan, North Ossetia, Ingushitia.
My wife, 5 year old twins, and myself will be bike camping in Southern Vancouver Island in July. Route includes Saltspring Island, Sidney to Duncan via the Brentwood Bay ferry, the Cowichan Valley Trail to Goldstream via the Sooke Wilderness Trail, then to Sooke Potholes on the Galloping Goose, and back to Victoria on the Galloping Goose, ending in Saanichton by the Lochside trail. I'm looking for some grass to pitch a tent in the Duncan area on July 20th, and in Shawnigan lake area on July 23rd. Happy trails!
I start my trip from 27th March from Munich, Germany to Kathmandu, Nepal, about 11.000km in 4-5 months.
Route ist not ready yet - it changes every day!
Looking forward to hear what you're doing!
This year I'm not planning a long bicycle tour. I think of making several short trips, each about a week long, going in different directions starting from home. So I'll stay in The Netherlands. The first trip will be to Deventer, where I'll be a 'VIP guest' at the sheep shearing day (May 15th). First and last night of the trip I'll stay in a small 'sleep wagon' near Vilsteren and the other nights in a 'pod' (very tiny wooden cabin) on a campingsite in Voorst, about an hour South from Deventer. So those aren't Warmshowers hosts. The fist one is a member of 'Vrienden op de fiets', an organisation like Warmshowers, but all Dutch.
Probably I'll have a trip once every month during summer (maybe including September). Last year I did the same. Until now I always camped with my tent. If I'll stay at a Warmshowers host, then maybe I can make my bicycle touring season longer ... I don't know yet. Anyway my planning is to go to the east and north of the province Groningen, and to Friesland.
I know that is a bikeforum, but I am puzzled that noone ask about you being a VIP guest at a sheep shearing day.
I mean, honestly, all the talk about biketours are at some point so repetetive. But mentioning sheep shearing makes this post interesting.
But maybe all people here are only interested in cycling. Who knoww.
I visited the Golden Sheers in Masterton, NZ couple years ago. Amazing culture. A few shearers from the UK, one frenchman, one german,guess those were on their work and travel visas. But I had no clue that there are shearing days in Europe too. For Kiwis it is just daily stuff,I met shearers who sheared 1 million sheep in their career.
So how come you are VIP guest?
Thank you, Sven, for being interested.
Being VIP-guest at the sheep shearing day had to do with giving a donation to a project. I know some people in Deventer. That town has its own sheep herd (to 'mow' the grass in public places) with a female shepherd. And that shepherd has some friends who formed a spinning group, and then they started up a project like Fiber Shed (for the eastern part of the Netherlands). Because I am very interested in natural textiles I follow them. Early this year they started a crowdfunding campaign (for felting the wool they don't spin and making a yurt), to which I donated.
But, I am sorry to say ... the VIP part of the sheep shearing day is cancelled, because of the restrictions :-( (I got that message the day before yesterday). But still I'll do that bicycle trip, and visit one of my friends in Deventer.
I am in Ecuador. I am going to Peru. Then Bolivia, Chile, Argentina.
Will see how much kilometers are left at the end of my money. The Covid nonsense forced me to stop in Panama for half a year and since I had to eat, I used up some budget that would have let me get to Ushuaia by march 2021 already.
But I told myself I am not leaving this continents before I see the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia.
Hi Sven. Your bicycle tour sounds very interesting to me too. Do you have a blog or youtube channel or any other way you show something of your trips?
I decided two years ago I won't ever travel by plane anymore. So probably I'll never visit any of the Americas anymore.
I watch youtube videos of others doing bicycle tours. So I see places I'll never reach myself. One of those people is Iohan Georguiev, who rode his bicycle(s) all the way from Canada to Argentina! He often goes off-the-road, he even has a pack-raft to cross water. Somewhat too adventurous to me, but I love watching his videos (those views! Spectacular!).
Next March wanna cycle for 3 - 4 years through Asia. First leg will be finished in Japan. India and Indonesia will be next.
Probably heading after this little journey to Australia and the Americas. Let`s see whats possible.
Years ago I developed a route tracing women's history. My daughter was 2. I've never ridden the route. Now she's 19 and we are going to ride it together this summer!!! And then the book.
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