Hills, cattle and castles.
Trip Start Jun 07, 2012
65Trip End Sep 02, 2012
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Heading towards Georgia, we decided the more interesting way was to avoid going back through Batumi and instead turn inland through the Turkish mountains to the Turkgozu border crossing.
Not knowing much about the route, immediately leaving Hopa on the coast we started climbing into the hills eventually reached 2470m which we thought would be the highest for the day.....we were wrong.
Onto a plateau of around 1800m, Turkey took on another appearance in the form of the highlands
The border itself was quite a contrast to the chaotic Hopa crossing we did a week earlier. Joined by only 4 other cars, a switch from Merhaba to Gamarjobar to say hello and with a token look in the boot by the Georgian border chap, bang we were carving up the roads of Georgia.
Immediately the difference was remarkable. Old Soviet era buildings lining the streets, castles/forts everywhere, minarets replaced with crosses and a general Caucasus vibe. Whats more as we noticed on our short visit to Batumi earlier, Georgia is the home of the Vauxhall/Opel Vectra i.e. there are Blanche's everywhere. Finishing in Bojormi next to the Bojormis Nakrdali National Park, we had a local feed of what can only be described as the saltiest fried meat I've ever tasted. Possibly pork, possibly not, a few litres of water tonight should balance the sodium levels again.