Bike travel

Slate’s Dispatches started publishing yesterday a series of stories about a few guys riding touring bicycles along the Silk Road – the ancient trade route that connects the Mediterranean with China. Yesterday, Greg Grim wrote about a city of missing manhole covers and adventures with Turkish rappers. Today, Mike Church writes the tale of an unexpected night in Georgian jail:

There’s nothing like a night in a Georgian jail to refresh the mind and body of a beleaguered tourist. Especially when the jailor—the chief of the Oni police—buys his guests Kazbegi beers for breakfast.

Leaving Kutaisi, Georgia’s second-largest city, Cam and I cycled up beautifully forested slopes and into the mountains of the Racha region of Northern Georgia. Greg had gotten on a bus and headed back eastward in pursuit of our Turkmenistan visas, which are notoriously difficult to get. [full story on Slate]

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