Laura and I recently cycled through the small but historic and proud nation of Armenia. Here’s a little bit about the place and a few wintery snaps so you can see for yourself what it looks like…
We entered from Georgia and followed the hotly disputed Azerbaian border. Large boulders on either side are painted with the colours of the respective countries’ flags.
It contained some of the most beautiful scenery that we’ve had the pleasure to pedal through in the last six months…
…even if much of it was a bleak kind of beauty.
It was also very cold…
…and very hilly.
We met plenty of friendly people like this lady who gave us a spare room by her shop for the night…
…this dude who plied us with hot tea after a bitter descent from a 2,000-metre pass…
…and the family that hosted us and sent us off with fresh baked bread.
We eventually left Armenia on a bus to Tabriz (Iran) to avoid predicted problems with cyclists at the border and skip some of the winter hardship we’d slogged through for two months (and which followed us for another month in Iran).
Photos from Iran coming soon!
For more information on cycling in Armenia, visit our friend’s website: Tom’s Bike Trip. He cycled there, lived there, got married there then cycled home again.
This photo blog is part of a series from our round-the-world bike trip. Here’s the rest of the series:
1. Palace to Palace Photos (Hampton Court to Versaille)
2. EuroVelo 6 in Photographs (France)
11. Cycling Across Arabia Photo Diary (Dubai & Oman)
13. Good cycling, great pictures (Korea)