Adventures between a Cliff and a Wet Place. Brighty in Central Asia and Mongolia

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  1. ChrisUK

    ChrisUK Been here awhile

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    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.

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    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.


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


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    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.


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    What a view!



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    Lake Khyargas in the distance



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    No way through!


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    A moment of contemplation?


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


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    Beer oclock?

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    Easy does it. Don't spill any!

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    Duff beer?


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

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    Funny local man who even spoke a few words of German


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    :-)

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


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    Ernie catching some rays


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    Mongolians do like their horses
  2. ChrisUK

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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.

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    Chilling by the fire




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    Creep crawley



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



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


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    What's with the Telly Tubbies?



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    A happy Mongolian drunk



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    Barkin'


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


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    It must be: Their names are on the door!


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    A friendly, curious dog


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    Come in guys...


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    Sleeping beauty sheltering from yet another rain storm


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    After the rain


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    4 seasons in a day


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    Tourist eagle


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    Arriving in Ulan Baatar: Mmmmm, nice definition


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


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    Before and after: but still ugly!


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


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    Shagged MT21 and new K69


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    Striking a pose



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    At Customs convincing them my bike is worth only 600 bucks


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

    Safe travels!

    See you on the road
    Brighty
  4. csustewy

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    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!)
  5. DantesDame

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    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" :freaky
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    The TA will enter Russia from Mongolia on about 10July. ETA Magadan early August, heading via western BAM, Yakutsk and (ideally) Old Summer Road.

    The weather in summer isn't usually that cold (or wet) in Mongolia. The biggest hazard in Siberia will be the mossies, I think. Hopefully the rain will stay away and there'll be no forest fires either.
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    With ADVrider having so much traffic in it's RR section, people are spoiled for choice. Some of the threads are justifiably very popular, others.... well... Tastes are different.:evil

    Switzerland is very pretty for riding, but you'll have to look further afield for any off pavement riding.
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    That's the plan :evil
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    Get yourself over to Romania. Lots of opportunities for getting off the pavement (also nice people, pretty women, good and cheap food and beer). Here's a start for your research: http://www.enduromania.net/en/index.php?id=1 :1drink
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    About time Brighty. :1drink

    And yes, excellent definition :deal
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    Yes - Romania. It is high on my list - thanks for the link! And maybe the "pretty women" will be more interesting to my husband than me :evil
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    Oooops :rofl There's me assuming a advrider inmates are balding beardy blokes!:D I've been told that all Romanian men are rich/handsome/charming/totally unlike Vlad Dracul etc. too. :eek1
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    :D That's ok and understandable. I realize that "my kind" aren't too common on this board :toney

    If you ever need a couch/garage in Switzerland, drop me a line!
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    Many thanks for the kind offer. The same offer to you and your husband if you're ever passing through West Yorkshire in England.

    There's some pics and a video of Romania at http://www.thebrightstuff.com/romania2008overview.htm
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    Oh dear Chris :D a man after my own heart, stricken with foot in mouth disease.... I'm the same!! :rofl

    At least you didn't mention the "functional" word :hide

    Thanks for finishing up the great RR; looking forward to more ChrisUK adventures in the future.:clap

    Ride safe.

    Cheers
    Potski :freaky
  16. ChrisUK

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    Good that I missed the F-word :evil

    Glad you liked the report!
  17. Steve canyon

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    Loving it Chris....getting me all excited...:D

    Buzz ya the weekend ::ear


    Is this trip possible in October, or would I freeze to death?..:rofl

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  18. ChrisUK

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    Hi Chris
    Yeh, give me a buzz. Will be at the Superbikes at Donington, so could be a bit loud in the background. :wink:

    October would be seriously pushing it. Lots of snow/rain etc. Best to check a weather website though. I was there in the summer (and had snow in Mongolia!).
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    Have a good one at Donington :D

    Maybe Octobers out..

    Hope to see you on telly :clap

    Will Call :D
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    The HUBB is the best place for your research on the lands of Borat and Genghis. If you do go the Kaz, leave the green mankini at home! Sasha Baron Cohen body-doubles aren't welcome there :lol3

    I'm heading to Donington on my Af Twin. Do you recon they'll give me a wild card entry on the grid? :norton