Day 55 : Double Downhill

26 Jun

From the lake Paravani, we reached the maximum altitude we would get to in the area. Day 55 was therefore mostly downhill. We did a pit stop in the first village for some breakfast, went down to the “center” next to the lake, and managed to find the owner of the shop, who opened it for us. She had some cake, yogurt and dried apricots, that would be enough for us to pedal few dozens of kilometers. After some ups and downs, we reached the edge of Tsalka region, and weren’t aware of what was going next : a pretty steep downhill for about 20 km on a great new road, where both of us reached 70km per hour, for the first time of the trip. Riding at such a speed with strong lateral wind is quite of an experience!

Arrived at the bottom, we were speechless with a big smile on our faces. Those 20 minutes were orgasmic and a big reward for the last three climbing days. 🙂

We had another climb after lunch, then some flat in altitude…then surprisingly another extra downhill that would last for another 20 km! Awesomeness!

The third bit was made of medium sized hills ; the ones that you can climb pretty easily if you gain enough speed on the way down ; the ones that make you feel like being in a roller coaster. We were eating kilometers like greedy pigs, and after 90km, we faced a steep wall that got us back to reality : what goes down must go up…

After 90km, we had to climb that mountain in the background…

It needed lots of sweat to get to the top, and once there we had to think about a place to sleep, as it was already 7.30 in the evening. We were not on the road we were supposed to -don’t know why ; and after 110km we stopped in a small village and ask if there was any place we could stay.

We need a place to sleep!

The answers were all the same : ‘The hotels are in Tbilisi, it’s 40km away!’…fortunately, Davit showed up to act as a translator, as he was one of the only person in the village who could speak english. His answer was the same, but then started saying that Georgians were hospitality people…and that he could host us fore the night. We were very glad to hear that, and got ready for a new georgian experience 🙂

Davit, our amazing host, on the left

We struggled to pay for the beers, got home, met the parents and the friends, and ate various dishes, all of them being homemade with products of the garden. We tried georgian wine for the first time, made out of the grapes that were growing above our heads, then toasted some chacha. Davit’s friend from georgian army was very interested in our original Opinel, so we gave it to him. He then gave us his bandana from georgian army, and a georgian knife so that we’d still have something to cut our tomatoes. 🙂

After food, we headed up to the neighbour, as he was the guy with a television, and watched England vs Italy all together. Viva Italia! (Nico says).

One Response to “Day 55 : Double Downhill”

  1. nicilaskin June 27, 2012 at 1:32 am #

    Italy won, now they play against Germany , Go Germany ( LOL)
    looks like you met more awesome people on your trip

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