Cycling in Georgia, Armenia, Turkey and Iraq, May/June 2012
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Jun 14, 2012 11:22 PM Last Post By: mtpearson
Apr 29, 2012 12:48 AM
Wondering if anyone has been near the Syrian/Turkish/Iraqi borders lately? I am planning to cycle from Tbilisi to Iraq in May and wonder how the situation is in this area?
If anyone has any tips for any of these regions, that would be much appreciated!
Apr 29, 2012 9:18 AM
Apr 30, 2012 12:56 PM
2I rode Turkey - Iraq - Iran about a year ago.
Everything was fine then, but I have no more recent info than that. In Iraq I had some annoying hassle from the police, but it was no worse than that, and the locals were great.
The main problem in Iraq is route finding. There are no maps and the main roads are mostly really dangerous with heavy truck traffic. I plotted a route using Google earth and put it in my GPS. It meant I went through villages where they said they'd never seen a foreigner and was on good but quiet roads most of the time.
I'm assuming of course that when you say Iraq, you mean the Kurdish part? No way will you be riding in the Arabic part.
More detail on my blog here: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/kurdistan
May 6, 2012 1:29 AM
3I'm sure you're aware that the border between Armenia and Turkey is closed. So you'd have to backtrack from Yerevan back to Georgia, or go via Iran to get to the other side of the border. Sort your Iran visa beforehand, they're not that easy to come by in Tiblisi.
Things in the border area are rather fluid, hard to tell months ahead whether it's be safe or whether there Turkish expeditions across the border, or what the Kurds in Syria are thinking about Assad. There's seperate visas for the north of Iraq last time I checked. Those are easy to get in Iran, but only gets you as far as the Kurdish part.
Just be aware that traffic (trucks and cars) will be down considerably in the area. Meaning that there will be less services, such as stores and gas stations, available on the main road between Turkey and Syria.
Jun 14, 2012 11:22 PM
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