I've written a few times about the deplorable state of Shamgona's road. The Russian tanks tore it up years ago during the conflict years, and it has been neglected and left to deteriorate ever since. In a tiny village, such a bad road is understandable, even excusable. But in Batumi?
|This major crossroad is not one of the worst in the city....|
While walking around the city this afternoon and evening, James and I tried to make sense of the horrendously rutted, potholed, puddled, dug-up, rock-strewn, crater-riddled streets. This condition would be understandable if it afflicted only one or two out-lying streets. But, no, the majority of the city looks like these photos. Whether the budget has not covered road-repair for years or the construction vehicles constantly tear them up or a city-wide drainage/water supply problem is being resolved, I can't tell. What I do know is that for THE tourist destination of the country, the road condition is not inviting nor welcoming.
|Doesn't look like much of a tourist-destination, does it?|
Bumps throw us off-track. Rocky sections take their toll on our nerves. Puddles splash muck all over whoever may get too close. Holes jar us from the very depths of our beings. Ruts keep us heading in one particular direction.... whether or not we mean to go that way. Dug-up sections impede our progress. Rough sections slow us down. So what's the best thing to do when you're stuck on a road like this?
Park the car, get out, and walk.