Author Topic: Share your plans for 2022  (Read 2580 times)

Karla

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Re: Share your plans for 2022
« Reply #75 on: 07 January, 2022, 10:11:01 pm »
You can't cross from Russia to Georgia via Abkhazia as the Georgians will arrest you (or just fine you if you're lucky but I'm not sure) and you can't cross from South Ossetia as they don't even have a border crossing so they'll definitely arrest you, but you can cross directly from vanilla Russia to vanilla Georgia at Kazbegi, here.

SoreTween

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Re: Share your plans for 2022
« Reply #76 on: 07 January, 2022, 10:14:38 pm »
Also right now Kazakhstan is full of Russian soldiers “liquidating terrorists” at the behest of the government.  Best avoided for the moment.
During normal times it is well worth avoiding due to be being
a) flat
b) featureless
c) without scenic merit
d) flat and featureless
e) really, absolutely none
f) windy (Oh come on, of course it's a headwind no matter your vector{victor} for the day)
g) astonishingly featureless
TBF there are some parts over the eastern side I understand are quite scenic & interesting.  Thing is, Kaz is an unfathomly large country.  Imagine riding from Lisbon to Nuremburg to see the magnificence of the South Downs.  Not that the South Downs are uninteresting, but compared to that distance (2800+km) they are a zit on he PFY's chin.  Not a yellow headed pimple you can obtain great satisfaction from splatting onto the mirror.  Instead one of those stubborn and annoying red lumps you just have to leave alone.

If you go there don't go direct across the middle, you'll die of boredom.  Skirt the northern, NE and Eastern border.  FFS don't go near the eastern shores of the Caspian, only splatty deth under the wheels of an 'independant' HGV driver awaits there.

I haven't had to bribe my way out.  Yet.
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Mr Larrington

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Re: Share your plans for 2022
« Reply #77 on: 08 January, 2022, 12:50:37 am »
My experience of Kazakhstan is limited to a virtual representation thereof, but it is indeed featureless, flat, featureless, flat, without scenic merit, dead dull and has roads that shake your virtual truck to bits.
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Re: Share your plans for 2022
« Reply #78 on: 08 January, 2022, 08:11:24 am »
You can't cross from Russia to Georgia via Abkhazia as the Georgians will arrest you (or just fine you if you're lucky but I'm not sure) and you can't cross from South Ossetia as they don't even have a border crossing so they'll definitely arrest you, but you can cross directly from vanilla Russia to vanilla Georgia at Kazbegi, here.

I was amused by the duff link in your post throwing up the following response from my browser
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I assume you mean the Russian Military Road (that's how it's named on my maps), my experience isn't recent but when I travelled there (12?) years ago, not cycling, the tension was palpable. One imagines the situation may well have changed, but then again, maybe not. Ossetia (N&S) seemed to be the hot spot. On the other hand, it was clear in Shatili (in Tusheti) that the Chechen border was porous at a local level, going that way would add hugely to the scenic value but likely be high risk. While I was there, the village was in mourning for a mini-bus load of revellers that had been coming back from the Chechen side, blind drunk, and fallen off the mountain side.



(Chechnya in the background)

TimC

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Re: Share your plans for 2022
« Reply #79 on: 08 January, 2022, 09:45:30 am »
I'm pretty sure I had to bribe my way out of Kazakhistan once. One of the Stans anyway. Cheeky bugger wanted $125 for an exit visa. I think I gave him $75 and a bonus scowl in the end. The worst thing about these things was the creative expensing (as, of course, you can't expense bribes, so like prostitutes and coke, I probably put it under 'hotel services - other').

I have had jobs - or at least tasks within jobs - in which bribery of uncooperative low-level functionaries was allowable and documented. On the grounds that actually shooting them was discouraged.

Re: Share your plans for 2022
« Reply #80 on: 08 January, 2022, 10:30:14 am »
Go camping.

Go camping.

Oh, and go camping.

So, I have had time to think about this more.  In between camping trips I would like to fit in, in no particular order ...

- complete the internal and underfloor insulation in the dining room,
- commission the downstairs cloaks,
- find a regular pilot for my tandem,
- run a marathon, and
- visit elderly aunt (and godmother) who because of covid I haven't seen in person for two years now.

There are plenty more jobs in and about the house to be done but no point in getting overly optimistic. 

nicknack

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Re: Share your plans for 2022
« Reply #81 on: 08 January, 2022, 10:37:50 am »
Get more gigs?
Especially for the duo (sax and drums).
Unlikely round here.

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Karla

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Re: Share your plans for 2022
« Reply #82 on: 08 January, 2022, 12:23:22 pm »
Oops, Google Maps link fixed.

Yes I mean the Russian Military Road

Though I'm sure you're right and the border is porous on a local level, Pickled Onion obviously needs to cross at an official crossing or else he'll be picked up by the Georgians when he leaves the country if not before, as he won't have an entry stamp in his passport.  However, when I was in Georgia a couple of years ago, lots of foreign tourists were going via the military road, so it shouldn't be a problem.  Driving in Georgia was no worse than anywhere else east of Suez! 

A word of warning: the Russian land border is currently quite closed.  Hopefully that will have eased in several months' time.  Also, hopefully it will be easier to get out of Russsia than to get in - especially as I'm planning on going that way this year!  FWIW when I entered Georgia from Azerbaijan at Lagodekhi and then left at Batumi, the border guards couldn't have been more relaxed - and as it's a western-aligned country, as long as the Russian guards will let you out, getting into Georgia shouldn't be a problem.



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Re: Share your plans for 2022
« Reply #83 on: 08 January, 2022, 12:34:38 pm »
Get more gigs?
Especially for the duo (sax and drums).
Unlikely round here.
Survive.

Ditto for 1, 3 and 4. I need a diffent band situation to replace no. 2.

Re: Share your plans for 2022
« Reply #84 on: 08 January, 2022, 01:51:51 pm »
You can't cross from Russia to Georgia via Abkhazia as the Georgians will arrest you (or just fine you if you're lucky but I'm not sure) and you can't cross from South Ossetia as they don't even have a border crossing so they'll definitely arrest you, but you can cross directly from vanilla Russia to vanilla Georgia at Kazbegi, here.

Yes, that's the one I was thinking of, the north side is in North Ossetia, but the south side is Georgia.

It's the Abkhazis that will arrest you if you try to cross to Georgia without the right paperwork, that you can only get if you enter from Georgia. Once through the Abkhaz checkpoint, the Georgians have no idea as the Abkhazis insist on either destroying your visa or make you hide it from any Georgian eyes.
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