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Old 01-08-2013, 09:06 AM   #2296
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Rod & Prutser ... loving the pics ... first time I have seen them :)
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:47 AM   #2297
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Originally Posted by Colebatch View Post

These days I dont think having any NGO on board cuts any mustard in getting permissions or crossing borders. Getting into a remote region of India or Burma for example, I cant see anyone helping you because you are sponsored by Unicef. If you were filming a special for the BBC then yes maybe. But not for a sponsored moto ride. Unless you have a strong personal link to a charity or something you really feel personally strongly about, I wouldnt advise you head down that route. There is nothing in it in terms of helping the journey.

For general info: Unicef has been a popular one to try for those wanting NGO sponsorship, ever since Ewan and Charley. But as far as I know, you need to promise to raise at least 100,000 USD before Unicef will give you permission to call them a sponsor and before you get to put their logo on your bike or paperwork.
Pretty much Spot on! Unless a rider or group of riders have a personal connection and a PASSION ... towards a cause and wish to spend time working or volunteering somewhere along the route doing "REAL WORK" over longer periods, then a UNICEF (or other NGO) connection may not be useful ... or obtainable for a "regular Joe" traveler. But if someone wants to help ... best just go do it on your own. You don't need a big NGO to work in a local clinic, or teach crop rotation, nutrition, soil science or water/waste management. Just go do it on your own.

The BIG NGO's can grease the skids when one of their A teams are going in with celebrities to film something. But these NGO's have representatives world wide who act as "fixers", who work ahead of the crew to make sure all goes well upon arrival. We saw this in Long Way Round.

I've worked world wide with UNICEF, World Vision, The Carter Foundation
and St. Jude's. I'm just a video crew guy but I've watched how things work. Money changes hands and private meetings are held with VIP's. This is how the world goes round ... even the NGO world.

We got into Cambodia when the USA had NO diplomatic relations there ... under the UNICEF / World Vision banner. We were treated like celebrities everywhere in Africa and Latin America.

Come to find out World Vision was a CIA front. This now open secret is well known and NGO's are (apparently) kept under a tighter reign. The good news is I did see LOTS OF GOOD being done everywhere we went. So projects and help was provided ... and a bit of simple information gathering on the side.

Stay Calm, Carry On!
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:54 AM   #2298
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:12 AM   #2299
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Otgon day 60

Just before Otgon we took another look if we were still heading the right way.

When we reached the town we bought some water and some other tasty things that would help us to survive the next day.
Heading towards the track we were followed by some locals on their thumpers. Just outside town there were so many tracks it wasn't clear to us which one we had to take.
The locals pointed at some river crossings in front of us, they watched us as we drove through and saw us disappear in the breathtaking panorama.
I think we drove on for half an hour until we decided we had done enough km's that day.

Terry was scouting the surroundings for a decent spot to pitch our tents for the night.

We took a track leading into the mountains to get away from the main track and make sure not to be disturbed that night.

Just after Tee Bee spurted out of site followed by Beamster and Rod, I spotted a Saker falcon (Falco cherrug) just out of reach of my camera.(but I tried to make a shot anyway)
The saker falcon is a ferocious hunter and frequently attacks prey larger than itself.

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Old 01-08-2013, 11:33 AM   #2300
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^^^ That last photo is beautiful.
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:58 AM   #2301
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Hey guys, lovin the report!
Following it every day, to see what happens next.

Looking forward to see how did the camp site look like that evening :)
Its great to know there is still thousands of miles before finishing this trip, so a lot of things will be reported in future.
Its great to know we are no near to the end of this report! And the name of this thread/report is "The toughest ride of them all", so I am sure there is a lot of unexpected things to happen in future in this report.
Just great!
Thank you for beautiful pictures, and for time to do this report!

What kind of air filters do you guys use on this trip? Regular or oiled ones?
How often do you clean them, since you have lots of dust and water crossings on the road?
Thank you for the answers.
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:05 PM   #2302
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^^^ That last photo is beautiful.
if I nominate it for front page would you second that nomination?
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:20 PM   #2303
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if I nominate it for front page would you second that nomination?

I'll second it
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:39 PM   #2305
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Originally Posted by loutre View Post
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:58 PM   #2306
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Day 60 Campsite

Originally Posted by ROD CURRIE View Post
With biscuits, bread, tins of tunafish etc in the last wee town before the untested trail as we'd be camping wild tonight.
It was still lovely and warm, and the sun was starting to drop so we started to look for a quiet camp area.
We rode down a quiet valley and could see a flat plateau high above the valley floor, so we scrambled up the steep climb-

I pitched my tent so I could look out and see this. As ever the perspective of height has been somewhat flattened

During the evening we heard a small motorbike approaching and my heart sank a little as in some places that might mean visitors when maybe you don't want them-like during the night.

But I needn't have worried, a shepherd (horseherd?) rode his bike as far up the slope as it would take him, then got off and started calling his horses down off the high ground. He walked up towards them as they started to descend and he and his dog rounded them up and started to move them down the valley -maybe away from wolves? I dunno but he wanted them where he could guard them. When he got back down as far as the bike he hopped on and rode down deadstick with the dog scooting away in front. I stopped watching then but P watched him until he was out of sight and it took him over an hour to get them down.

When the guys got up T was looking at the view and spotted something, just a white blob ...was it a wolf?..sitting right at the top of the peak in the pic above, and watching the valley floor. P looked through his glasses and it was a massive vulture of some type.
From our campsite we had a beautiful view over the hills and into the valley below.
When we were putting up our tents I could hear falcons calling. So I dropped my tent pegs and grabbed my binoculars.
On the ridge on the left side of the picture there were 3 young Saker falcon begging for food. Every time one of the adults came back with pray I could hear them. As the young birds could already fly, they chased the adult birds to be the first one to have the meal.

When I was finished putting up the tent we started to cook ourself a meal. While I was following the falcons I spotted a group of horses grazing on the hill side, which the guy mentioned in Rod's post came to collect.

Here you can see him chasing them down into the valley.
He would take them all the way to the yurts that can be seen in distance.

For me evenings like this were almost the best moments of the trip.
As on all of my trips I love to find a camp spot with a good view. And than to sit down and watch the wildlife come out of their hidings.
I can sit for hours watching deer,badgers or wild boar while they come out onto the fields to feed on the forests edge.

This night I didn't new what to expect but I walked up the hill and sat down.
While scouting the hills the female Saker falcon was sitting on a big rock on the other side of the valley.
After a few minutes she flew off, and with a couple of wingbeats she reached an enormous speed. I could barely follow it as it flew down to the valley floor were it grabbed a bird. A cloud of feathers was all I could see after that.
When I took a moment to look around me the falcon had flown off and I couldn't find it anymore as the light was fading.
The rest of the crew had gone to bed by now but I couldn't resist to stay a little longer.
I had noticed some Griffon Vultures (Gyps himalayensis) resting on the other side of the valley.
When I was looking for more vultures there was something moving down the hill side. As it was running towards me I could see it was a fox (Vulpes corsac). On its way down it often stopped to look and listen before it would jump onto one of the Gerbils that were popping up out of the holes that were all over the place. With its mouth full it ran further in my direction.
On the bottom of the valley there was a small stream with a lot of big holes next to it. Just before the fox reached the holes two pups came running out. It was wonderful to see those two pups playing and chasing each other.
By now I couldn't see colors anymore and I could barely see the tents which were not even that far away.
So I walked down to get some sleep.
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:08 PM   #2307
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Day 61 Part 1

After a good night's rest I couldn't wait to get back on the bike to see more of this amazing valley.
Today we wanted to reach Tsakhir, a town at the end of the track. From there we would take the main road again to UB.

After riding for half an hour we stopped to take a picture of this snow covered peak in the distance.
This is Otgon Tenger Uul Mountain, one of the Mongolian most sacred mountains.
It is the highest peak in the Khangai Mountains in Mongolia. Its summit is currently calculated to reach an elevation of 4.008 meters above mean sea level.
The mountain is located in Zavkhan Province and is the only peak in the Khangai range that is capped with a permanent glacier.

While we were taking pictures, a young guy came over to us and invited us to the family ger. We all were enthusiastic and accepted the offer.

When we got to the ger his mum and sister came out and invited us inside. She gave us some milky salty Mongolian tea.
After I finished the tea she also gave me some Mongolian yogurt which was real tasty!

When we got outside they started to check out the bikes and our gear.

The young guy started to check out Prutsers bike and was pushing all the buttons, when Prutser noticed it he turned on the ignition and made a gesture that he could take it for a ride. Without hesitation he drove of into the hills.

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Old 01-08-2013, 02:25 PM   #2308
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Thanks for the awesome pics, Beam(st)er!!! Wondering how your foot was doing the next day?
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:40 PM   #2309
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I love the tag team style this RR has evolved in to. Thanks, Sibirsky Extreme 2012 crew!
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:26 PM   #2310
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Day 61 Part 2

After spending some time with the family at the ger we got back on our bikes.
It didn't take long before we reached the first river. The map showed that we had no other options then to cross it.
Because a lot of streams got together here it was really fast flowing and had a lot of sections that were too deep to ride the bike across.
Tee Bee decided to walk his bike across, every time he moved the bike you could see his bike moving further downstream. After seeing this we tried a different route.
There was a car at the other side and one of the guys spoke English, he walked through the river towards us and pointed out the best route to get across.

When we made it to the other side he asked us where we were going. When I said Tsakhir he told us about the next much deeper river we had to cross.
He told me that this time of year there was only one place where we could make it across.
A few km further we could see two yurts at the other side of the river and that would be the place to try and get across.
When we stopped near the river there was a local at the other side pointing out which route we had to take.
Here Prutser and Tee Bee listening to his directions...

The first 15 meter the guys had to make sure that the bike wasn't dragged to the rapid. Even walking the bike across was tricky because the bottom was covered with big boulders.

Halfway Prutser was able to ride the bike to the other side, although it still had some deep parts with strong a current.

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