Just thought I would post a pic. This is not the hotel I am staying at ! actually its the house next door to the Hotel I am staying at.
Having surviving the night at the hostel for homeless people, I set off early so I wasn't riding after 6 o'clock (that was to change!).
Headed off roughly in the direction of the Turkish/Georgia border. The roads were quite bad in places and it seems the way to fix them is to send a group of men out with a barrow full of tar and grit and simply fill the pot hole!! that makes for very interesting riding, or should I say its like a slalom course trying to avoid the freshly filled but tyre wobbling holes.
Had lunch in Kars, very interesting town, quite modern with strange traffic rules..... there was NONE ! it was every man for himself at each junction, the amount of near misses I saw... well I stopped counting after 20!!
Asked at petrol station if Cilder had a hotel or Otel as there called in Turkey. they said yes, so off I went, did a lovely 40 km detour around a lovely lake, where the kids stand by the side of the road holding out fresh fish, I assume you must stop and buy one for tea !
As I entered Cilder, the heavens opened with huge hailstones and thunder and lightning ! only to find the only Otel in town, which by the looks of it had been derelict for a number of years !!
So I had to back track about 70 km to the next town where I found a hotel, he even let my park my bike in the restaurant which was being refurbished by the looks of things
So I am hoping to catch up with the rest of the gang tomorrow for my crossing into Georgia... ohh happy days