Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

One Russian man has taken his bike and gone on a 500 km trip over the highest mountains of Russia. Climbing as high as 7,000 feet and meeting different people, different lifestyles and beautiful scenes of nature. Want to see what he saw? Welcome inside, because thanks to Ilya, that’s his name, we have a rare chance to see those rarely visited parts of Russia and ex-USSR.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

So here is his route. As you can see it goes across a good part of the Caucassian mount range.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

This is where they started, he was not alone but with his friends.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

And on the second day of their trip they already could see Elbrus – the tallest Caucassian mountain and also the tallest peak in Europe.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

He says the views were breathtaking.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

On some high plateaus there was constant fog. “It was dangerous, you had to watch your step in order not to go down the hill”. Especially when they put their tents on the edge.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Look, this describes it perfectly!!

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

At night the views were no less than magical!

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

And there on this plateau they met their first herdsman. There saw plenty of them in the next weeks and all of them were very hospitable and cheerful.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Near Elbrus they met other travelers.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

He says it was great fun to travel on a bike to places nobody ever visited on bikes. Often they were not sure if their bikes could continue, but they never failed.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Some small animals were around.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

On one road a tractor driver offered them a little cheat – they have put the bikes inside and travelled this way.Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Locals were very friendly, showed them the way to go, offered meals and helped with everything they could.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

If you see a herdsman’s hut in the distance, you would often see the owner himself waving and asking you to come and stay with him.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

So they never refused to accept those invitations.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Dogs are the herdsman’s best friends in these places.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Early in the mornings herdsmen have to get milk from their animals.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Those men looked tough on the outside, but were very hospitable and kind on the inside!

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Also they have met a lot of honey makers.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Here, inside one of such places.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Sometimes they left their bikes at the bottom and climbed the peaks by foot to reach their icy tops.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

This was an ex nazi airfield. Now its a pasture and a camp for the alpinists and mountain climbers.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

The streams here are rich in minerals and other elements. You can see it by the red residue that the water leaves on the stones.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Sometimes you find larger towns and leftovers of the Soviet past, like this abandoned factory which has been vandalized and looted.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Here they met young men who were earning their living by hunting for scrap metal in this car.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

They invited Ilya to visit an abandoned factory.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Here they get their loot.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

At first boys were hiding their faces as what they were doing is not legal. But later they started to trust Ilya.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

They even climbed inside the old abandoned mine with him.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

And some more awesome night stops.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

And in this hut they celebrated Ilya’s birthday. They had a special cognac bottle with them for this special occasion.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

This how it looked at night.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

“You can’t find a better place to celebrate your birthday”, says Ilya, “awesome dreams, awesome air, I still remember it again and again!”.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Nice night views.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

But morning is even better.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Sometimes they visited villages to buy food and see how the locals live. They live slow and content lives, says Ilya.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

The whole village came to see the crazy bicyclers from Moscow.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Local merchant.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Kids here don’t speak Russian at all, although it’s a Russian territory.

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Bicycle trip thru Caucasian Mountains

Ilya says he has much more to share about this trip, so let’s wait and maybe we’ll have more exciting stories of the people and places he visited on his journey. Meanwhile let’s say many thanks to him for the awesome photos! His site is below:

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