Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The next good thing was there is a launderette a few blocks away as well. The hotel wanted to charge by the piece and this would be about 100$ where the laundry mat was 6$. The very nice lady here did the wash, dry, and fold. You even pay at a kiosk.


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    We also found a great Chinese restaurant close by! NO goat or mutton!

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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It is not raining today and it is a bit warmer. We had a late start, but managed to get our the door about 11. We took a walk across the tracks and then down to the old town.

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    Here they have a massive Lenin bust in the main square. The ballet is nearby and several nice cafes.


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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The houses near the river are all old wood buildings with elaborate windows. They look like fire traps.

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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The original plan today was to head out to Lake Baikal and find a place to stay overnight. The options are ger camps or cabins. Since it is forecast for rain we are not too keen on tenting. The ride out is 169 km and getting out of the city was easy.

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    About 25 km from town you head over a pass and it was raining foggy and 5 degrees. It improved quite a bit on the far side at least as far as the rain.

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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The “beaches” along the lake south of the towns were covered in garbage! The wind is howling and the lake is white caps. We arrived to the Ger place in Gremiatchinsk, that we had seen on bookings and it was totally tragic. It is a few ratty gers in a sand parking lot with the full brunt of the wind. The next town Tourka is over is 6 km and they do have some other accommodation, but it is sketch and double the price of the comfy hotel we had last night. We did have a nice lunch with a view of the lake.

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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    So back to Ulan Ude it is!!! The trip back was much nicer as the sun was shining. They thought it was very funny when we showed back up at the hotel.

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    This small trip had also convinced us that we do not want to ride 1400 km thru more Siberian Forrest to the eastern Mongolian border. This seems now a crazy waste of time and tire tread. We will wait out the bad weather here for a couple of days and then head back to Mongolia. We can then have 2 weeks to loops about as we like.

    We are basically hiding out the few days of rainy weather in a comfortable place with great wifi. This means we have all been able to catch up the last 6 weeks of the blogs. This also means we can avoid the 10 km of the road that turn to a mud pit in the rain (it took Nicholas 3 hours).
  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    There is Yamaha dealership here and we stocked up on Motul chain lube. Trevor also got some new winter gloves and Orvar bought some fork oil to change his out (you can not buy in UB). Thanks Nikita for all your help and great English!
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    We also ran into our Icelandic friend Gudmundur and his new riding partners Edouard and Mathilde from France. He had checked our SPOT and saw us across the tracks from them. We probably would have met anyway since their bikes were parked out front of their hotel and the guys walked by there and went in anyway. We made a plan to go out for Chinese tonight.

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  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We are finally going to leave Ulan Ude. The forecast is for no rain today, but it was still only 6 degrees when we set out for the 230 km to the border. The plan is to get there and depending on the weather and the time for the border we will with stay at the border town of Altanbulag where there is 1 hotel or go 120 km to Darkhan where there are lots of hotels.

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    We stopped again on the way to the border at the only spot there is to have some coffee and soup to warm up and this is 80 km from the border. The road was dry and there was no issue with the mud. There is a police check just before the border and they record your passport info.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We gassed up to get rid of some Rubles at the border. Then lined up at the exit gate. They kept letting all the trucks in and we had to wait over 45 minutes just to get access to the border area.

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    From here you ride 300 m to the customs clearance. You are directed to park outside and there are vehicles going in both directions here. This place is total chaos. You have to go up the stairs 2 flights (follow the pictures of cars and the arrows). There is a room with desks behind glass, a bunch of numbers, and 50 people waving passports and customs documents covered with dozens of stamps. After 15 min of “no queuing” going on and only 1 of the 3 agents seeming to be doing anything Trevor pushed his paper to the front and yelled “CANADA”. The agent took his paper immediately and scanned his QRS code signed it and gave it back. That was enough for all of us to get in front of her and we were served also.

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    Then you go outside and the same mean Russian lady as last week was there to check your paper and then 3 agents searched your luggage. They kept asking if we had weapons or drugs specifically Tramadol. 1.5 hours and we were finally done.

    Then you ride 300 m to the Mongolian entry gate. There is no agent there and we waited until a truck came and they opened the other gate. We were told to follow him thru the decontamination bath of spuge. Here you are supposed to then stop and return back to the guardhouse. The want your passport and moto paper and give you a paper with boxes on it for your stamps. They enter all your data into the computer. Then you ride down 400m and park under the covered area. Here the agent stamps your paper the first time. You go inside to passport control to get an entry stamp. Then you must pay for the decontamination. Here there is a bit of a scam as the local are paying 1000 T (.50$) but the woman asked us for 100R ($2) Trevor called her on it and she gave us the local price. Next you go to customs clearance for the bosses stamp. He enters your data also by chicken pecking on the key board. Then you go out to get a final stamp on the paper and you are done. 1.5 hours as well. Then you ride 300 m to the exit gate where they check you have all your stamps. There is again a fake insurance person and a tax office outside the border zone and we just rode by. It is cold an windy and now 4 pm, but we headed south.


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  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    In Darkan we made for the first hotel we saw the “Jasper” and it was cheap, clean and had nuclear hot water for the showers. There was another biker here Mark who lives in China and just bought a Russian bike and is headed???. They also produced a decent chicken “stew-Fry” for dinner. Breakfast was hot and included for 9$usd per person per night not bad.

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    What a difference a day makes. It is clear skies and sunny. It is still 10 degrees however. The ride south will be so much more pleasant than the rainy cold day when we went north. The plan was to ride 225 km south to the airport, pick up our parcel, meet the other guys at Oasis for lunch and then ride on to the Ghenghis monument complex. From there we would head to the next town Erdene for the night after 315 km.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Dan and Sara set out ahead at 11 am as they needed to go to UPS and the Customs clearance at the airport and we left the guys to tighten their chains. We did see them once when we stopped for coffee about 90 km from the city and then not until the Oasis. We luckily had asked for some instructions from the Oasis staff on where to go at the airport as there is no signage. Go to the red building near the DHL in a south east direction….In fact even with this we had to ask locals to make make 2 calls for further details. The second was made by a DHL guy who saw us driving back and forth. He made a few calls and then walked Dan behind the “MIS training centre” to find the customs office to get his paper work. Then they both went back to the DHL office where they actually had the UPS packages. This is 2 stators courtesy of Electrosport! Thanks so much. Dan was in the secure employees only area with the UPS guy and he had his colleague pull the parcel. Then they discussed the duty it looked like it was going to be over 150$! After some discussion the package guy walked away and UPS guys said to Dan “I have to go make a call” wink wink… in other words take your package are go!

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    Across the road from UPS is the Customs office, but around the back

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    It is now 230 and we are 21 km from the Oasis….Traffic is horrendous as usual in UB and once we hit the city the last 7 km took 45 minutes. That said the guys had had even worse traffic and actually arrived just before us even with our hour spent at the airport.

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    Trevor is not feeling well and so we booked a hotel near by with a private bath on Booking.com. This is 1.3 km away and the route is on a very bad dirt road full of massive holes and ends at the hotel (not where it says it is on booking.com and it is not even a functioning hotel!!) Back to the Oasis where at least the dorm room 1 is empty and close to the bathroom. They have a ger as well for us and the beds here are soooo comfy. They have good food, but the kitchen closes at 6 and so we pre-ordered and put it away in the fridge for later. We were all set up with the big screen for the season finale of Game of Thrones. Trevor was much better by morning.
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  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we will set out east from UB towards Chinggis in 329 km, but first we plan to visit the Ghengis Khan Statue Complex 48 km east of the city.

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    This is a 40 m tall statue of Ghengis on horseback said to have cost 4.1 million USD. It is made of stainless steel.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We visited the neck of the horse for a great selfie spot. The biggest issue we had here was the hordes of tourists we had to keep chasing off the bikes. They would go over a sit on them for photos if we walked away. In the end we moved then up behind the building of the monument base.

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    We did not leave here until after 1 and so brewed up a coffee on the side of the road. The road is paved and there is little traffic once you leave the city.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We decided when we were about 100 km from Chinggis that we would wild camp and so we stopped at a small store and stocked up on water and supplies. We found a track from the road and went about 2-3 km to find a sheltered valley to set up.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We made some noodle soup for dinner. We finally hiked up the hill and just about missed the sun set.

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    After dark is was a bit cooler at about 10 degrees and the guys started a “cow pie” fire. Not 20 minutes later a truck pulled up and the Mongolian guy came over for a drink of our vodka and to give us some advise on the fire protocol with cow poop. (Break it up into small pieces to best use it). We had some amazing stars again tonight and a cozy nights sleep in our tents.

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    everready Stuck in Ohio....Ugh!!!

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    Magical!
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    Wowee!
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  18. RobBD

    RobBD Been here awhile

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    great shots - as usual ! Love the Ghengis statue but mainly the star shots
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    MaNDan 'Old Japanese cycles & '26Chevy truck

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    Great photos! And how do you properly burn cow poop?
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    And even better in real time! Thanks for the comment. SP