There is an ancient passage from the Georgian capital Tbilisi, through the great Caucasus mountain range to Vladikavkaz in Russia. Today it is called the Georgian military “highway”. Highway is somewhat of a misnomer for this spectacular dirt track that was engineered in the 19th century with the Russian annexation of the Caucasus and subsequently used to transport Soviet military hardware.
Thankfully at present there is no threat of war or banditry on the highway. The only threat on this deserted passage is from the odd driver in an exhausted Lada, swerving at dangerous speeds to avoid potholes next to sheer drops to the valley below. How these cars survive these roads defies logic in the first place. What they are doing here is also a mystery as the border between Russia and Georgia is closed, effectively making the route a dead end at Kazbegi.
But all this does not matter. The passage is a spectacular one. For us it felt like having the entire Swiss Alps to ourselves. A little piece of biking heaven.
Here are a few pictures which do not do justice to the region but hopefully give an indication of its beauty.