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Old 01-02-2013, 12:49 PM   #2071
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Another part of Day 57



Some hours and a lot of km's later we stopped so Beamster could search for a ladies room. While she drove of into the hills the two locals on their thumpers came to check out our bikes.
In the distance you can just see them riding towards us.



The guys told us it was still 60km to Hovd were we could re-fill our bikes and do some shopping.

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Old 01-02-2013, 01:41 PM   #2072
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Still Day 57

After a few km's Rod decided to give us another break.



But Tee Bee was questioning if that was really the best place for another picnic..
(Luckily Rod didn't hurt himself or damaged his bike)




The temperature was getting better and so were the tracks.
We could ride a bit faster as the tracks became wider.



Tee Bee checked regularly if we were still following.

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Old 01-02-2013, 01:50 PM   #2073
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The Planeta is a 350cc and the one in the back is something from China with 150cc
How ever, the Planeta is still available as new. For about 1000 in Mongolia. Much more expensive than the chinese ones I think.
Guys. I stand corrected . Thanks ...not that I'll be investing in one in the near future.
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:02 PM   #2074
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tweelde-dee and tweedle-dum?
I love this report
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:43 PM   #2075
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Please don't mistake light irony for dissatisfaction and as I've stated, we were delighted to have the accomodation. As for appreciating local culture? read on........
Of course I will be reading on .I'm hooked
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:14 PM   #2076
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You're right. There's nothing more to say. Since I don't have a car, the Planeta outfit is my everyday ride here in Germany.
800 km every month But only in winter. During the summer time I'm riding my Enfield Bullet. Just to look beautiful. But when it counts, I take the Planeta.

I also have a combination of russian, ukrainian and chinese parts calling the MAMUF750 Flathead. But this is an other story
From one bullet to another:


way to go, man
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:22 PM   #2077
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The bikes were the ubiquitous Planeta, a Russia 2 stroke of 60's design and about 200CC found pretty much anywhere in the old Soviet arena of influence and still I think available new now.
One of them had no front brake and as you can see there's a somewhat cavalier attitude to personal protection. NOTGNOTT
In fairness there's almost nothing to hit (livestock notwithstanding) and we'd only see a vehicle maybe every hour-the moto is just a mental step up from the horse so maybe has been viewed as such WRT the gear worn
Whenever I see bikes & riders like these my heart takes a leap.
Live a little, you know?

Am I jealous, or what?
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:05 PM   #2078
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Hello Walter,

I recognized our stickers next to yours :)



Sorry we couldn't meet you. I would like to personally thank you for sharing your Ride Reports which inspired me for mongolian tour.


my MAX BMW one is still there also!!

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Old 01-02-2013, 04:18 PM   #2079
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my MAX BMW one is still there also!!

Remember...DON'T EAT THE YELLOW SNOW!

You guys are like Dogs.
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:31 PM   #2080
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:24 PM   #2081
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Day 58 - Meanwhile in the North

While the guys and girl were motoring down "The Southern Route", I was now on "The Northern Route", and left Ulaangom about 9am.



Northern Route ... a multi lane highway



So many vistas in Mongolia are simply stunning ... and of the essence of Mongolia. This to me is one of them:



I made great progress, getting to the outskirts of Bayantes (350 km) by 1:30pm. Bayantes was my halfway point on the days ride. I would stop there for some fuel and food.

There, about 5 km from Bayantes, I encountered a flash flood across the road. I thought I could see an easy way across it only about 3 metres (9 feet) wide and blasted in. It was surprisingly deep and the bike became stuck in a very slippery muddy bottom. I struggled to keep the bike upright as it became stuck, but managed to dismount on the downstream side to try to counterbalance the huge force of the water trying to tip the bike over. I started the engine and tried to power walk it out, but neither the wheels nor my feet could get any traction. I was stuck there. I couldn't move or the bike would topple over in the knee deep torrent. I would have to stand there holding the bike until someone else arrived.

I looked down at the water torrent bashing into the bike ... the front hub was taking a thrashing from the filthy brown water.

About half an hour later a family in a 4WD approached. I signalled to them for help and they came over. Everyone got out of the car - about 7 of them, including women and old women. They attached a rope to the front of my bike and most hauled on the rope while I directed a couple of the boys to try and turn my front wheel. The bike wasnt budging. We were about to give up and attach the rope to the 4WD when we finally got some traction and the mud covered bike popped free. It was now 2pm, and I could get back on my merry way. I figured I had about 350 km to go to my daily target, the town of Moron - and I still had 7 hours of daylight. The world was still good.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:27 PM   #2082
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I popped into Bayantes, and grabbed a packet of crisps and some fuel, and snapped a local lad who approached me on horseback:

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Old 01-02-2013, 11:45 PM   #2083
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:42 AM   #2084
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Later in the day

The day was now quite warm and we pulled up at this fast flowing river. P looked at it for a minute then judged he'd be OK and dashed in.Within about 3 metres the bike dived into a deep channel and flooded, usually a PITA rather than a problem, but the current was so powerful that almost immediately the bike was forced over and P was on the downstream side of the bike and struggling to keep both himslef and the bike upright. Terry and I dashed in (as well as 57 year olds can dash anywhere !) and grabbed the bike whilst P got his footing...then we all hauled it back out onto the riverbank.

http://s1283.beta.photobucket.com/user/rodcurrie/media/Russia2012094_zps45036cc7.jpg.html" target="_blank">http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a555/rodcurrie/Russia2012094_zps45036cc7.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"/>

Whilst we got our gear off to dry P stripped the bike to do likewise and I went off upstream to find a better potential crossing. The bank was mostly large pebbles but there vwere some grassy areas too. When I walked on the grass a cloud of enraged mosquitoes leapt up started biting me. . Mong has developed a particularly aggressive variant of this pest and they're not to be taken lightly, the feckin' wee shites so i stuck to the pebbly bits after that.
I couldn't find anywhere that seemed to offer any better access or egress so went back to the guys. As we waited a little Russian jeep appeared on the far side of the river and after a moments pause set off across the torrent. When he got to the deep bit we all heald our breath but it fought through and dragged itself up onto the bank. I only got the pic when they were through the worst.http://s1283.beta.photobucket.com/user/rodcurrie/media/Russia2012096_zps3725a24c.jpg.html" target="_blank">http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a555/rodcurrie/Russia2012096_zps3725a24c.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"/>

Our curiosity credentials were again revealed as the jeep stopped and a huge family got out to greet us ...not less than 8 individuals from Grandma down to infant.They told us there was a bridge just a mile or two downstream.

A little later a truck and trailer-tanker appeared and although it was no problem to that, we clearly were not going to make it so had to retrace our tracks a mile or so then run along to the bridge.

Guys. I have firewall problems and the pics might not load so will sort it later in the day if that's the case
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:55 AM   #2085
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You know that bad smell that keeps coming back?

Well that's me and your pics Rod.



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