My visa to enter Uzbekistan starts on 6 September, so for now I am staying in Georgia, before setting off to Azerbaijan, across the Caspian Sea, and through a small corner of Kazakhstan to get there.
To extricate myself from my slumber and lack of sightseeing in Tbilisi I ignored my head and my heart and the protests of my future self and signed myself up for a cycle to a big mountain and back again. My route was to ride north along the military highway connecting Georgia with Russia, and visit the base of the mighty 5000m peak of Kazbegi just before the border. From 400m in Tbilisi to 2400m at the top.
It turned out to be one of my favourite trips on a bike. So here is a 20 second video and a series of photos from the trip!
P.s. it takes 90 minutes in a minibus. Well worth the £3.