Checkpoints

Checkpoints are posts about the places where we took a ride towards next place. Usually it is information about hitchhiking, cheating with public transport or taking a hike over longer distances. This is like a journal how we got from point A to point B and who we met on the road.

November 10, 2015

Waiting time: None
Our time in Yerevan came to and end, although we’d love to stay for longer we also anticipated to get to Iran. Our planned hitchhiking had to be delayed as Anna and Mike wanted us to see Tatev monastery with them.
A fair offer, once again we skipped thumbing cars and enjoyed […]

November 9, 2014

Waiting time: nada
Our short stay was full of action, our AirBnB apartment was invaded by couple of travelers who mixed it up as a hostel. It was really funny as everybody arrived at the same time.
9th of November was also Andres 29th birthday which was celebrated right at midnight in one of the l […]

November 8, 2014

Waiting time: none
We really enjoyed our week in Yerevan. We hooked up with some Croats who we first met in Georgia and did some sightseeing. Our stay in Envoy Hostel was pretty awesome – they gave us a private walking tour (sic!) for free! Everything was just great in the hostel and the fact […]

November 3, 2014

Waiting time: 4 hours
Pretty decent waiting time, combined with the lunch in local supermarket. We had some doubts about this place – the suspicious locals, who were walking back and forth, were constantly gazing at our bags. Sun was a few hours from setting and we were getting worried that we […]

November 3, 2014

Waiting time: 10 minutes
Hitchhiking in the middle of the city is usually waste of time so we took a cheap marshrutka to the big road that takes cars out of the city and tried our luck there. We were lucky as the next car that stopped offered to take us relatively close to the border.
The guy was ta […]

November 1, 2014

Waiting time: 15 min in the marshrutka
We started off from our familiar guesthouse, with a regular morning of soft hangover from the local wine – we had left our bags there before conquering the Caucasus mountains.
As it was raining again and we had learned our lessons from Bosnia about hitchh […]

October 31, 2014

Waiting time: 20 minutes
We were dropped off in the market of Zugdidi. We had passed it before so it was not hard to get on the road that takes us back to Kutaisi. Because we had lost all the company we had during our trip to the Caucasus mountains, we had the opportunity to hitchhike and so we did. […]

October 31, 2014

Waiting time: 1 hour
It was nice and cold, the water was liquid but not a lot was missing from it being frozen. Our clothes were not meant for standing in the cold for an hour. The traffic was not dense and it mostly consisted local cars going back and forth to the gas station where we were standing […]

October 29, 2014

Waiting time: mixed
Our initial plan was to get to Mestia right after Kutaisi to save time. Our stay in Turkey made us hurry. In our way to the next spot we met many Georgians who asked about our origins, hearing “Estonia” as the answer made them all very friendly towards us. After getti […]

October 28, 2014

Waiting time: 20 min
Getting to Kutaisi from Batumi is easy – just follow the main road until the traffic is only exiting the city, write a sign in English and Georgian letters (might take 5 mins to prepare) and wave it off.
Most probably you will have to shoo off some marshrutka drivers and s […]

October 26, 2014

Waiting time: 4min
The few drops of rain did not melt us. Instead of whining, we walked to a nearby fast food place to keep ourselves happy. After being greeted by the owner of the place, who has been in Estonia for boxing (either as coach or boxer – lost in translation), we got a good deal of […]

October 26, 2014

Waiting time: 0sec
Time for tea in truck drivers tea house
We woke up, ate our last sandwiches and packed our gear while watching a bunch of rabbits running around the area. The morning was really nice – the temperature was about 14 degrees and the air was super fresh. We washed our teeth an […]

October 25, 2014

Waiting time: 15 minutes + instapickup
First we tried to continue on the road we were on. Some of the cars stopped but offered only short trips – we demanded at least 600km long rides. After some time Kadri thought that maybe we should go on the real highway and just try from there. It is cons […]

October 25, 2014

 
Waiting time: eating a sandwich + 4min
Technically we were out of Istanbul but actually it felt like we are still inside the belly of that big beast. The forest of concrete buildings never stopped since we left our apartment, if you don’t consider the time we were crossing water. Anyho […]

October 25, 2014

Waiting time: ~40 min
Getting away from Istanbul is not your everyday walk in the park.
The Metropolis, with 20 million people in it, covers a giant territory and hitchhiking in the middle of it is anything but reasonable. The drivers tend to stop for you to help even, if the path would not be any u […]

October 3, 2014

Waiting time: 20 min
Grabbing a lunch
The morning in Canakkale was super windy. We bought a bus card to reach the highways in the end of the city. It was hard to stand as there were fields on both sides of the highway and the seemed like the force of the wind could bend signposts. Thankfully we didn […]

October 1, 2014

Waiting time: 8 min
We were dropped off on the first intersection after the docks, because the driver was turning left and our goal was to go to the right. We did the trick and withdrew some money from the first ATM we saw in Turkey. After that was done we waved our Canakka(le) sign for a short dura […]

October 1, 2014

Waiting time: ~15 min
On a Ferry from Gallipoli to Lapseki
We were picked up but no clue how fast. It was either instantly, so we didn’t even manage to write it down, or the regular quarter of an hour that seems to be the average around Turkey.
This humble guy took us with his truck to Gallipo […]

October 1, 2014

Waiting time: 47 min
Not sure what happened around here but it was a long wait. Probably the fact that most of the cars turned right from the intersection and Canakkale is not the sign you would show around here. Eventually we got a relatively short trip with a primary school teacher who was doing p […]

October 1, 2014

Waiting time: 19 min
Eating Turkish melon in a truck
When we started hitchhiking on this spot, we caught the attention of a driver who was DRIVING THE OTHER WAY. He honked and waved us. About 10 minutes later he had turned around and picked us up. On the way he bought some melon and showed us a neat […]

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