After our sidecar trip to Europe in 2015, in Summer 2016 we decided to take the road less traveled and test our bike’s off-road capabilities, so we headed East, to the Caucasus, Georgia and Armenia.

Vladimir, our son, was five years old back then. Here’s the short story, in pictures.

Waiting for the ferry that would take us across the Black Sea, From Odessa, Ukraine to Batumi, Georgia

Riding the ferry across the Black Sea

Right after the storm

Entering Ushguli, Georgia, one of the highest continuously inhabited settlements in Asia Minor

Ushguli, Georgia

Young boy riding a horse in Ushguli, Georgia

The mountain road from Ushguli to Lentekhi, Georgia

The Caucasus mountain range

Cooling brake in Gori, Georgia

That morning Vladimir woke up with high fever and throwing up all over the tent, due to food poisoning

Still, we tried to reach Omalo, on one of the world’s most dangerous roads, but we did not make it and had to turn back

Tbilisi, Georgia, best place for losing the first milk tooth

Armenia

On the shores of the Sevan lake

On the Wings of Tatev cableway, the world’s longest non-stop double track cable car

Above Yerevan, the capital of Armenia

Yerevan

And back to Georgia, visiting the cave city of Vardzia

And Turkey, at Ani, former capital of the Bagratid Armenian kingdom

Ani, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

Early morning in Cappadocia, Turkey

Watching the hot air ballons taking of at sunrise in Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

Flying with a hot air ballon for the first time

Family picture on Lake Tuz, second largest lake in Turkey

Taking a swin in Greece

Meteora, Greece

On the shores of the Ohrid lake, Albania

Sunset in Croatia, by the Adriatic sea

And finally, the consequences of a bee sting right next to my eye, while riding