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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.
Hi there thanks for the post!!!
Yes is was amazing shining in the sunlight! I think Dan is getting pretty good at the astral photography. I hope we will have a chance in Tibet next week!!! Cheers Sara
Ha ha! They must be dry, but you knew that. The key we learned from the farmer was to break them up into cookie size bits and not huge chunks!! SP
We were enjoying our coffee when a goat herder rode up on a motorcycle. He was interested in the bikes and we offered him some food and coffee. We also lubed his chain for him “all bikers are brothers”.
There is only 70 km to go to Chinngis and we set out about 11. First it is back to the main road. It is a bit rough in sections and there are quite a few large holes, but smooth in some parts too.
Wonderful report. thanks for sharing
This is a bigger town than we thought and there are several hotel, but only one is really any good. The rooms are nice, but the beds are just a board with a thin mat on it and so we had to sleep on our Exped mats. The food here in the restaurant is pretty good as well. Sara will check in here for the next 3 days while the guys take off to explore more of the remote eastern reaches of Mongolia. Time for her and the 650 to have a break from the sand and have some ALONE time! That means sleeping in, reading, blogging, and catching up on some Netflix!
The guys are headed to Dadal the birthplace of the great Ghengis Khan and then back here to Chinggis. It is 255 km loop.
Into the land of Temujin, the boy who would be the Great Khan.
As with most places we visit I (Daniel) know almost nothing. Mongolia is no exception. Who knew that a country with few “actual” roads and even fewer that are paved that the Toyota Prius would be the locals vehicle of choice. So what about my preconceived notions of the man who would one day rule the largest continuous empire the world has ever known. To find out we head into the north east of Mongolia a place that the Lonely Planet says “only super adventures dare to tread” in search of the town of Dadal (AKA Bayan-Ovoo)the birth place of the boy Temujin and perhaps the undiscovered resting place of the man named Chinggis Khan.
Its not often that butterflies flutter about my guts but day one heading north from Chinggis city things were churning. Why do so few moto adventures or tourists venture out this way? Seriously “what’s the issue” I’m asking my myself as we leave the last pavement we will see in days.
So it begins, track left it is……
First thing confirmed as in many places here in Mongolia there are magnificent horses and lots of them!
We are on the right track as cairns mark our way.
A quick stop for lunch and a view. Many comments amongst ourselves about the increased lushness of the valleys.
Making great time on firm tracks! Again everything is soooo lush!!
The green comes from water and where there is water it will cross our path. The first of many fun crossings.
Among the wild we roll through small towns with BIG plans (note the fancy street lamps).
Just as we are feel ultra-adventurous a Prius comes out of nowhere and handles the tracks as easily as our bikes do.
More stunning valleys as we continue to blast north.
We popped out of a valley and at the crest of a hill the road leads into a sand track but just before there is a an arch that says we have arrived. Dadal the birth place of the greatest conquer the world has ever know. This is the gateway to the land that gave us Chinggis Khan.
A simple but somehow moving monument of the great Khan when he was just a boy named Temujin.
A kind of cheesy monument to a man who vastly changed history just outside the town of Dadal.
After meeting some nice locals (as we always manage to do) it was back on the trail to explore more of the Khans roots.
Thanks again for bringing us on your adventure.
Thank you so much! Way far behind now.....Hello from China 1 day to Lhasa!!
Thanks for joining us!! Mongolia = Adventure for sure! Cheers
Sometimes our exploring goes a touch to far and we find ourselves just riding in the forest with backtracking in order.
Sometimes it leads to an amazing track!!! We find ourselves stumbling upon a set of three rough log bridges that clearly haven’t been used in a long while. An assessment is made and repairs done, we have found a way out of a valley and over the pass. Stunning adventure riding!!
We are rewarded with a valley that is breath taking so we stop for lunch naturally!