|Destination: Gergety Trinity Church (and monastery)|
Be that as it may, when the moment came, and I saw the laid-back, been-around-the-block (or around-the-mountain) driver, not to mention the line of muddy vehicles that were on their way back from the top of the mountain, I just got on board. And tightened my seat-belt. Despite Mr. Driver's assurance that "it wasn't necessary".
It was a very rocky ride, to put it mildly. As the so-called "road" climbed higher, the mud got deeper, and scattered ATVs around us were furiously changing gears and attempting to make way. My Fitbit can attest that my pulse was far higher than normal.
But eventually we reached the top of the mountain. It was darn cold. Low, grey clouds and mist enveloped everything. Freezing rain welcomed us. Our shoes were soon wet and muddy. It took me a good while before I remembered I had an Outdoor Research hat in my backpack...Though meant as a sun-hat, it did a good job of protecting my head from the rain:
|Nina on top of Ol' Kazbek|
|View from the top of the mountain|
|Scattered ATVs beneath|
So I'm leaving the wondrous Ushguli to you guys! One last tip:
Do not adopt a macho attitude, do not attempt to drive that route yourselves, do not even think of using anything but a reliable 4x4.