Henry left me in Istanbul, much to my disappointment as from then on I started getting lost! However after a minor breakdown with the handbreak jamming in Istanbul and having to be pushed up a motorway sliproad with the handbreak on and a detour round the Ankara equivalent of the M25 I made it on the road to Georgia.
It provided some stunning driving which must rank as amongst the most enjoyable I have ever done as I went down a long winding 4 lane motorway as almost the only car on it!
After a minor delay as they blew up a mountain, I drove on into Georgia.
It has to be said that the Turks are incredibly friendly especially once we got out of the mania that is Istanbul. I was even given a copy of the Koran by one which he hoped would bless my journey. Sadly the car and the Turkmen authorities had other ideas!
Georgia was a great country although it was the first time that the road from the border disproved the seeming rule that governments improve them the closer you get. No tarmac just a rather bumpy dirt track.
The car broke down just outside Tbilisi. Fortunately, it was a minor problem and we quickly changed the spark plugs. The mechanic then insisted on driving me to a Tbilisi web cafe where the last rather brief update came from. On the way back he stopped at a drive-through pub… what a great concept and came back with two huge 5-litre bottles of beer and then gave me a snack at the garage and a bottle of beer to drink on the journey! Sadly the bottle burst and the whole car stank of beer for a while… Fortunately on the other hand it meant that I didn’t!
Tbilisi and Georgia as a whole were both great places that I am very keen to go back and visit someday.
You have got further than I expected!
Will sponsor you £250 for the hair cut
Keep it together man! Good to see you have chosen the path of righteousness and shaved the old bonce. Now you can scare foreigners with your baldy cranium and devilish grin.