Sweaty in Svaneti: Day 06
08/21/2016 | Zagar Pass to Sasashi
I Day 06 Stats & Intro
START – STOP: Zagar Pass – Sasashi
DISTANCE: 23.2 mi
ELEVATION GAIN: 1169 ft (and 6062 ft of descent!!!)
RIDING TIME: 5:00
TIME AWAKE SPENT IN PURSUIT OF THE TRIP, ROUGHLY: 12:00
POINTS OF INTEREST / OBJECTIVES:
- Get home. By which I mean to the van, because getting the van is—in my mind—getting home.
- Avoid drinking water from the defunct arsenic factory town.
- Stop 15 times to admire the glaciers. SO MANY GLACIERS.
- Ride down the hill for like five hours, just cruising, or “sendzies” as Daniel puts it.
- Wash bikes in a river that is not below a defunct Arsenic factory town but is below the only Stalin statue that we witnessed on our trip.
CUE SHEET: KML DOWNLOAD
WEATHER: Sunshine, again. At this point it was feeling less humid. At least at the high elevations. It hadn’t rained for a few days and since we were heading downhill, that humidity monster we’d been dealing with for the past couple of days wouldn’t be a problem anyway
When it’s over it’s over, and THIS is the best kinda over. It’s one of my favorite feelings except it’s not really a feeling. It’s more of sensation based on some very simple but hella specific knowledge. If we wake up on top of the world and our mid-day Delica pick-up is waiting for us at the bottom of the world (and in this part of the world elevation +/- is remarkably and reliably Black and White), it’s all downhill from here. Also, it’s almost never all downhill from here because mountains don’t usually work the way five-year-olds draw them. But again, here they kinda do, this is triangle country. Point is, I love it when long things, even long fun things, end definitively. And because they so rarely do, it’s extra wonderful to wake up knowing it. It almost has a religious quality to it, which when you’re camped next to a gazebo-sized Alpine Orthodox church is maybe even amplified.For example, I didn’t put bibs on. That’s how I, personally, rejoiced and reveled in the religious-like knowledge that it’s all downhill from here.”- YJ
Brian and I had two cups of coffee made using beans he purchased from one of the many gas11As in propane. stations we stopped at on the way to Svaneti. The beans had been in his bag, unused, until this morning. They should come with a warning label, or at the very least a list of ingredients. We may never know what those beans were made of, or if they were indeed coffee beans, what they were laced with. Alls I know22That’s how you say it if you’re from Maryland. is that we saw colors and heard sounds that don’t exist on Earth, at least not on this plane. Also we sweated and shook for several hours incommensurate with the ambient air temperatures and our workload at any given time throughout the morning.The backside of Zagar was literally breathtaking. The light, the flowers, the colors, all of it—at least until we got to the downhill pumptrack in the arsenic grotto. I spent a lot of time, as I do in last hours, thinking about my first Coca-Cola. And the breakfast buffet at Rooms Tbilisi which, at that point, was merely 16 hours away.”- YJ
II Welcome to Tbilisi
A BRIEF SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATION OF A PARTICULAR GEORGIAN EXPERIENCE AND THE CONVERSATION THAT SPARKED IT. SCIENCE BY BRIAN. "SHUT UP NERD" BY DANIEL AND KYLE (TAZER TOO, BY ASSOCIATION). Shut Up, Nerd
Kyle: “How much tire pressure are you running?”
Daniel: “I have no idea, it doesn’t matter, maybe?”
Tazer: “I haven’t touched my bike, it’s still working.”
Brian: “Currently, given the changes in altitude and temperature, it is hard to tell. Robert Boyle first described the relationship between pressure and volume in 1662. The physical law carrying his name states PV = nRT. P is pressure; V is volume; T is temperature; nR = some constants. It is intuitive; the equation expresses that the pressure will increase proportionally as temperature increases in a fixed volume system.”
Kyle: “SHUT UP, NERD!!!”