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Old 08-27-2012, 04:57 AM   #31
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Old 08-27-2012, 05:23 AM   #32
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This is going to be great!! I see most of the crew that went to India is going to Mongolia: Joe, Minxter and Buuurrrt. But what about Maja??
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:46 AM   #33
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Say hello to the Mongolian crew for me and have fun. We're in the airport right now headed to Croatia, so post more pics, I'm bored.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:29 AM   #34
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There are about 5 towns in Mongolia with internet cafe's. 160 miles of paved highway (mostly closed for construction), the rest dirt. Expect many time gaps in this RR.

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Old 09-15-2012, 04:08 PM   #35
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Wow. What a trip! As LC4 stated, Internet is not plentiful here. We're back in Ulaanbaatar and done with the ride. The verdict is in on the Chinese all terrain mopeds. We're heading home and will sift through the amazing photos we have and will share the whole journey then. Here's a few ok shots from the iPhone.

Lots of sections of single track


Lots of river crossings. This one not going well for Minxter.


Lots of excellent camp sites


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Old 09-15-2012, 08:05 PM   #36
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Mongolia, AWESOME!

Looking forward to the actual RR.

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Old 09-16-2012, 05:01 AM   #37
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Liar, that's Utah's west desert, not Mongolia.
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:38 AM   #38
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:28 PM   #39
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:31 PM   #40
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Trackhead, you may wonder why we would go half way around the world to ride what we have in our backyards. The answer: no barbed wire. I bet you can relate.

Hick, I don't know if we've met but I think we have some mutual friends. Did you bust up your collar bone riding?

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Old 09-18-2012, 07:49 PM   #41
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Day 1

OK, on with the story. We'd been in the capital, Ulaanbaatar, for a couple of days getting some bikes lined up. It's a pretty small city but the streets are pretty congested with cars which makes me wonder why more people don't ride bikes around the city. Our friends live in the building beside the big tower.


We load the bikes and get ready to depart the city. It ends up our buddy could't join us because his passport was at the Chinese embassy to get a visa. As it turns out, him not coming would be a good thing although we missed his company.


We rode out of the city on tarmac for about 100km. There is very little tarmac in Mongolia.


Soon we were on to dirt routes which was the type of riding we would do for the majority of the route.


We were getting our first taste of the Steppe.


We took a quick break and the first local pulls up to check us out. He speaks no english. Nobody does. We note that his bike is made by the same company as ours, Shineray. We think this is a good sign although his bike is completely beat.


We start to see wheat fields along the way.


The roads are more just routes that people have driven on enough to wear in a two track.


It was now late in the day and we decided to find a place to camp. This is easy because you can camp anywhere you want. The land outside of the cities and villages is not owned by anyone throughout Mongolia as we understand it.


We start laying out our stuff.


Not a bad campsite but nothing outrageous. Just a comfortable place to enjoy the Steppe.


A couple of Mongols passing by on a Chinese bike.


About this time the mosquitos start getting out of hand.


I have to "eat crow" and admit that having a tent along ain't too bad! Some minimalist I am. I crawl in, lie down and sip a little Vodka while looking at the sky through the tent screen. Pretty damn good!!!
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:48 PM   #42
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Amazingly beautiful. Looking forward to the rest.
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:16 PM   #43
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I'm in. Beautiful pics so far.
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Old 09-19-2012, 03:08 AM   #44
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:09 PM   #45
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Day 2

We cover up to battle the mosquitos that are still at war with us and enjoy the sun rise. Not surprising, we don't hang around camp too long. I forgot to mention that we rode 210km on the first day, 100km on tarmac.


The light is outrageous as we ascend a drainage out of camp.


Then through a pass and down into another drainage. This is a main route so the road is fairly wide.


Continuing down we came across a stream where I thought I'd take a quick bath.


We rested for a moment after and took off.


We were starting to see herds of animals which the nomads tend. Horses are used for milking, eating and riding.


Buuuuuurrrt found this bug along side of the road. Wild.


Next we come into a very small village where we decide we should stock up on some provisions. This is our first interaction with any sort of market. We cant read any signs so we just have to stick our heads in and see what's inside. This works fine. We find some food and learn how to say water in Mongolian.


All of a sudden, these guys spot us and coming skidding up to us and stop. The guy says to us in very bad english "happy birthday!" I'm sure it was the only english phrase he knew but it was totally weird because it was Buuuuurrrrrts birthday!!! Too freaking funny!


We filled the bikes with gas, crossed a big river on a bridge and continued on. We found it easy to find enough gas stations. Our Shineray "Mustangs" did exceptional on gas milage with 60 to 80 mpg and they had a 3.5 gallon tank. That gives them damn good range.


Combine heading for the wheat fields.


So, being on a main route, we would see an occasional truck hauling goods. Talk about a slow pace for these guys. Overall, the big trucks were not an issue to ride with. We really didn't see many. Not much traffic at all as a matter of a fact, even on the more used routes. Polar opposite of what we experienced on the roads in India.


It's Buuuuurrrrt's birthday and he makes us pull over and have a beer and a shot of Vodka. We'd climbed up to a ridge with a great view.


We're in no hurry and don't have anywhere we have to be so we just yuck it up a bit then move on when we're ready.


We pass by the town of Bulgan which is one of the larger ones we went through.


On the way out there was a cop doing some sort of traffic stop checking everyone out. We showed him our passports and he starts walking around the bikes and notices we don't have any license plates. Did I mention how we decided not to register them? Of course, we have no clue what he's saying to us and he has no clue what we're saying. I show him the receipts to the bikes and he starts repeating something and holding up two fingers. We think he's saying we have two weeks to get plates. That was our understanding of what the laws are for registering bikes. He lets us go. We're on tarmac again for a short section.


When we feel like we've ridden enough for the day we pull off the main road and climb into the hills.


The trees are Larch. Their needles turn yellow and drop in the fall. This was just starting to happen a bit up here in the more northern part of the country. It's totally fine to burn the wood, at least the dead stuff.


153km for the day.
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