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Old 01-30-2013, 12:44 PM   #91
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Chris, how are you mate? Haven't seen you in a while! Call me if you drop ever want to drop in
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:00 AM   #92
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Hi

nice RR, those are the regions we spent our last 4 summer holidays and we are still thinking of it for next summer.
Where did you want to go, when following the Chon Kemin valley? Just turning back or is there a pass, that is rideable?

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We met some Russian cyclists who had cycled the valley east to west. Our plan was to cut south (having traveled west>east) towards Lake IssyKul. The route we ended up on had seen very little traffic, and definitely none since the previous winter. It was in very poor condition. The Cliff incident then occurred and we all headed back out to the main north/south Bishkek/IssyKul road.
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:03 AM   #93
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Chris, how are you mate? Haven't seen you in a while! Call me if you drop ever want to drop in
Hi mate
How are your Morocco/Dakar plans going? I remember your nice hospitality and help fixing my DRZ when I passed through Brasov. I'll look you up when I next visit Romania.

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Old 02-28-2013, 01:31 PM   #94
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Sorry, muy tres sorry. Haven't posted in a while. There's a genuine reason: After entering Mongolia I attached a soundsystem to my bike, like this dude's...

http://youtu.be/uhzZkiJVgWY







went for a swim...

http://youtu.be/6maYFQEnokk






and became a cannibal... The human flesh gave me a bit of a funny turn :-(



I've been sectioned, but they're letting me out next week, so maybe I'll be able to publish a bit more stuff then.

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Old 03-01-2013, 12:04 PM   #95
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and became a cannibal... The human flesh gave me a bit of a funny turn :-(



I've been sectioned, but they're letting me out next week, so maybe I'll be able to publish a bit more stuff then.

cheers!
That's a great vid that Chris...who in their right mind would have thought that water was that bloody deep

" I've been sectioned, but they're letting me out next week"....do you think that maybe a little early..

Hope all is well.

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Old 03-04-2013, 03:27 PM   #96
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That's a great vid that Chris...who in their right mind would have thought that water was that bloody deep

" I've been sectioned, but they're letting me out next week"....do you think that maybe a little early..

Hope all is well.

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Ok, maybe the madness set in a little earlier than me tasting human flesh. It wasn't the depth of the water that was the problem, it was the speed it flowed at. I ended up on my ar$e in a shallower bit and the bike was trying to fcuk off down-stream with out me: That's close to 200 kg of bike plus luggage, plus 30 litres of gas lying on its side.... It had been raining for 36 hours previously and this was my first experience of a flash flood: I know what to look out for next time.
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:37 PM   #97
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Again, apologies for the late instalment of Brighty’s capers out east. Welcome to Mongolia.

Here’s the forcast: The weather was mainly Shiite with some Sunni intervals. This was allegedly the worst summer in terms of rain for many years. For us it was changeable. Everything from sun to cloud, rain storms, hail, sleet, snow, me and Moritz had it all.

I ended up riding with Moritz, whom I had already hung out with in Barnaul after it turned out that that Germans get on even less with les escargot –munchers than the Pommies. We got on well, I think.

I crossed the border from Tashanta to Tsagaannuur. Or rather, I tried to. I nearly never made it into Mongolia. I had a visa, but it wasn’t valid! Why? The Mongol matie in London forgot to sign it. So 6 hours at the border, with the head of the local immigration office uttering the words: “It is not the problem of the immigration service of Mongolia if the consular service of London is incompetent”. I was very lucky to be able to buy a new visa at the border.

Mongol “rally” cars at the border. They’d each be at the border for about 36 hours. The time it took to process their import papers.


In Olgi we saw this ridiculous shed. He made it to Ulan Bataar via the southern route. His mates had to do a lot of pushing.



Another pic of this monstrous beast. Not only did he buy the entire bling catalogue, but he could carry about a 1000 catalogues.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhzZkiJVgWY
http://youtu.be/uhzZkiJVgWY
Mongolian bike stereo
A local biker with “attitude”

Myself and Moritz rode to Olgi then cut north to Ulangom.


Dried out river bed


There’s lots of horses in Mongolia. And horse men. They were friendly enough.


Personality goes a long way


Walter Colebatch woz ere.


Near Walter’s sign, while taking a picture of this eagle I totally missed the pretty, not begging, polite girl looking at me:





Changeable weather



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55Sots5TRV4
http://youtu.be/55Sots5TRV4
Mongolian drunks on moped



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYKwr0CfQUg
http://youtu.be/DYKwr0CfQUg
A lot of the roads were like this. Some were worse, not many better


Here we still had some Russian food. It tasted great. Mongolian food varies between sh!te and non-existent. Just as sh!te as the Korean H!te beer.


Crossing a mountain pass in the snow


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9YVK2x5_e0
http://youtu.be/H9YVK2x5_e0
Moritz crossing stream



At a junction from the dirt road and the pavement, not that far from Ulangom we stop for comfort break. There I spot Ernie and he joins the trip.


We end up leaving Ulangom late because Moritz’s tent was stolen off the back of his parked bike. The hotel had CCTV. This is the moment they spotted the thief. Somebody recognised him. He was later brought to the hotel by the police with the missing tent. I can’t explain why, but the left side of his face looked rather mashed in. Police brutality? Of course not… I suppose he won’t be thieving stuff again in a hurry, nor meeting any women, with his now, Neanderthal looks.

We left at lunchtime, far too late, but…

There was this little river across the main road…


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6maYFQEnokk
http://youtu.be/6maYFQEnokk
How not to cross a river… and when you’ve really messed up, how to sort it.
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:17 PM   #98
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Such a fantastic RR, thanks or taking the time to photograph and write all this up for us Chris!

If you can find an excuse to come back to USA, know that I have 1-2 kitted KLR650's for you to use. Your friend across the pond, Lance
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:43 AM   #99
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:19 PM   #100
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Such a fantastic RR, thanks or taking the time to photograph and write all this up for us Chris!

If you can find an excuse to come back to USA, know that I have 1-2 kitted KLR650's for you to use. Your friend across the pond, Lance
Hey Lance
Hope you're well. Always looking for an excuse to head Stateside. I hope to be there sooner than later.

Let me know if/when you're in the UK. There's great biking here too.

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Old 03-18-2013, 04:26 PM   #101
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A day of dead ends north of Lake Khyargas…

After the little river incident (the Wet Place…) from the previous episode I checked the engine oil the following morning at the hotel. Well above max and that lovely milky colour we all dread. We managed to cobble together 2 ½ litres of oil and I was carrying a spare oil filter. I debated asking the hotel reception whether I was allowed to do an oil change at the hotel. As I wouldn’t necessarily like the answer, I did it anyway without asking! There was an old kettle around the back and I hid behind the laundry room.

Overnight I dried stuff including gaffer taping my gloves to the spotlight in the bathroom, narrowly avoiding burning the hotel down.

Some video footage filmed and edited by Moritz that give you a flavour of what we encountered.



Wild Mongolia - YouTube

Funny camels at 2min... The post at 2.45 mins isn't a fencepost. We stuck it there to guide us after recceing the best place to cross the stream/terrain.




The (S)Hite beer mentioned in the previous episode.




Tracklog from Mapsource after spending a fun day trying to rejoin the Northern route from the Middle route because the Reiseknow paper map said there was one. We couldn't find it. All tracks lead to sheer drop-offs or dead ends.




What a view!





Lake Khyargas in the distance





No way through!




A moment of contemplation?




I got the impression this was a knocking shop... The only building for 10s of miles around




Beer oclock?



Easy does it. Don't spill any!



Duff beer?




A bike without a front wheel (nor forks) is only half a bike



Funny local man who even spoke a few words of German




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Another great campsite, although (yet another) storm blew up over night. My Vango tent held firm




Ernie catching some rays




Mongolians do like their horses
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:23 AM   #102
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A quick jolly over Easter last week in the southern Balkans on the Parts Donor bike

See post # 10 at http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=871100

More Mongolian capers coming soon...
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Old 05-20-2013, 02:36 PM   #103
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Right guys
This is it. Finally, the final chapter. I need to get this out and get outta here. Too many nice Brit roads to ride, fun to have and this summer's trip to Siberia to plan, without having this ancient RR hanging over me any longer.

Hope you've enjoyed it. It's good to get feedback. I now appreciate how hard people work to produce a good RR.

These pics appear to be in no particular order and some are indeed a bit random, but the weather was very very changeable, although consistently shiite.


Chilling by the fire





Creep crawley




Young girls (stunned by Moritz's good looks? )




Mongolia is one big campsite... My fav pic of the trip



What's with the Telly Tubbies?




A happy Mongolian drunk




Barkin'



The car that Russ Malkin, E and C's prat friend rolled?



It must be: Their names are on the door!



A friendly, curious dog



Come in guys...



Sleeping beauty sheltering from yet another rain storm



After the rain



4 seasons in a day



Tourist eagle



Arriving in Ulan Baatar: Mmmmm, nice definition



The second bloke has just stolen the copper's trunchion!



Before and after: but still ugly!



Jeffrey Polnaja from Indonesia on a charity RTW ride at the Oasis GH



Shagged MT21 and new K69



Striking a pose




At Customs convincing them my bike is worth only 600 bucks



Stored in the Oasis cellar for the winter in advance of a 2013 Siberian ride

Safe travels!

See you on the road
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:13 AM   #104
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Thank you!

Thanks for taking the time to post those amazing pictures and videos! Mongolia certainly does seem like one big campsite. One really big, mountainous, cold campsite.

I look forward to seeing the TA in action once again in Siberia. (Which, by the way, sounds an awful lot to me like one really big, cold campsite... but I'm sure it has some fantastic riding tracks!)
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Old 05-21-2013, 11:23 AM   #105
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Hope you've enjoyed it. It's good to get feedback. I now appreciate how hard people work to produce a good RR.
Having written quite a few ride reports myself, I know that it is fun to read comments and answer questions. Thank you so much for sharing your trip. Now that I live in Europe, I'm looking forward to my new "back yard"
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