|The morning view from Unye, Turkey of the Black Sea|
|Heading towards Trabzon along the coast, beautiful drive|
We enjoyed a beautiful ride winding up the Black Sea coast towards Georgia. HJ needed to fuel up and this was a good opportunity for Scott to clean his bike. The guy in charge of the car wash would not give up his wand for Scott to do it himself.
|Job well done, my friend...no bike is too dirty :)|
We continued onto Trabzon for lunch, then on to the boarder.
|Ustad - Trabzon eatery in the main plaza...Scott's last Durum|
Just before crossing the boarder, we passed a black Triumph with British plates and a bunch of gear on the back. He later caught up with us at the boarder and exchanged some stories. (The boarder crossing was very busy, but simple - only show the passport and bike papers to one guy. Everyone pushed us to the front of the lines with the bikes, making the crossing relatively quick and painless.)His name is Grant Lipman and has been travelling for over 3 years riding around Europe and the Middle East. We called him the phantom rider because when the sun was setting and he was behind us, all we could see was a shadowy silhouette of a rider. We followed him into Batumi to a hostel (which we later found to be closed) and then on to a cheaper hotel. It was called a "Hotel Sauna"...we still think it is some sort of brothel.
|The Phantom rider and HJ after crossing into Georgia - btw, it was the easiest crossing we have had yet!|
A few locals gave us a tip on a little eatery around the corner followed by a walkabout around the city, we were back at the "hotel" getting some rest for the following day's journey to Tbilisi.
|Our "hotel" in Batumi - we still believe it to be a pay-by-the-hour establishment|