Tbilisi to Batumi was not a very pleasant ride. The first 70 km or so was on a good 4 lane highway, after that 2 lanes through the mountains which would normally be good but there was too much traffic in both directions making it very painful as there were many slow trucks, tractors, cows, horses and even a pig. Constant overtaking gets tiring after a while and it got hotter as the day progressed. Near Kutaisi the main highway was closed and there were no signs directing me where to go so I headed for the town, stopped for petrol and asked the attendant and he told me in sign language that I would have to follow a secondary road that almost parallels the highway. This road now had to handle not only the local traffic passing through small and big towns but also the highway traffic and it wasn’t doing very well hahaha, pot holes and ruts were the order of the day but there were a few good stretches as I neared Batumi. Finally got to my hotel dripping and an air conditioned room after 5:40 hours and 383 km. This is the busiest road I have been on this whole trip.
Batumi is a seaside resort town with many casinos, all the major hotels chains have a casino attached to the hotel. Popular with the Russians and Turks who come for the sun and
sand sorry rocks at the beach and to make a fortune at the tables.