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=== Turkey ===
When arriving from the westAs of 2017, your likely point of entry to the country will be [[Sarp-Sarpi there are three border crossing]] with [[Turkey]] on the Black Sea coast. That border crossing has steady traffic and it's possible to cross the border on foot. The majority of truck traffic crossings between Georgia and Turkey travels through this crossing, so it is very easy to find rides in either directionall of which are passable on foot.
There are two other crossings further east. The first is When arriving from Türkgözü to the village west, your likely point of Vale and on entry to the country will be [[Sarp-Sarpi border crossing]] with [[AkhaltsikheTurkey]]on the Black Sea coast. That border crossing has steady traffic. The Turkish border road majority of truck traffic between Georgia and Turkey travels through this crossing, so it is large and very easy to find rides in good condition, and either direction. This is the road from busiest border between the border two countries, so it can take time to get across here. It's easy to Akhaltsikhe is smallerget a ride in either direction though, but has been repaved just walk a few hundred metres away from each border complex and handles plenty of trafficyou'll be able to find a good spot.
There are two other crossings further east. The first is from Türkgözü to the village of Vale and on to [[Akhaltsikhe]]. The Turkish border road is large and in good condition, and the road from the border to Akhaltsikhe is smaller, but has been repaved. This border crossing is fairly quite, but there's still a steady flow of traffic and it's easy to find a ride in either direction.  [[File:Georgia-turkey-border.JPG|thumb|250px| The 2015 reopened Georgian-Turkish border close to Akhalkalaki.]] In 2015, the border crossing between Çıldır and Kartsakhi reopened, having been closed for the previous two decades. It is a smaller, quieter crossing and brings you out 30 kilometres from Akhalkalaki, Georgia - which is on a main trucking route to and from [[Yerevan]]. On the Turkish side, you will be 10 kilometres to Çıldır, and the road is new. From here, it is easy to get to [[Ardahan]] and onwards. Hitchwiki user Ben hitchhiked through this border in September 2017 and found the road on the Georgian side newly refurbished with plenty of traffic to and from Akhalkalaki including a regular flow of large trucks. On the Turkish side the highway is fresh for a few kilometres, before becoming a smaller road. Construction of a new duel carriageway is underway as of September 2017, but despite that, there's plenty of traffic. The truck driver who took Ben told him that many trucks travel from here from Georgia to Istanbul via [[Erzurum]] or the Black Sea coast at [[Hopa]]. It was a quicker hitchhike from [[Yerevan]] to the coast than hitching a ride to the border further away in [[Batumi]]. The road from Ardahan, through Artvin, to Hopa at the coast is thoroughly spectacular and switchback filled. It's well worth hitching down here purely for the scenery. The road from this border also passes the intersection to head south to [[Kars]] as well as north to the coast.
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