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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by romafras, Jan 25, 2013.
Complimenti! Great video.
A truly five star accommodation
Children at play
The Gobi Desert
Future Mongolian wrestler
Many time we were lost and asked directions to people we encountered on the path.
The best way of transportation in Mongolia
Me in the distance
Taking water from the well with the help of a Camel
I rather show some photos at this point. No real words to express the feeling about this unbelievable country.
I will get back with the description later on the report.
One of the many river crossing
Gher at 2400Mt of altitude
A Stop sign in rural Mongolia
Five star camping
Beautiful Mongolian woman
Mongolians are small people
I'm going to be watching this one closely. Hmmm maybe not to closely though.. I don't want you to spoil all the surprises I will have next summer
Even though we often found ourselves in the real middle of nowhere and in difficult conditions, we always found people who were willing to help us. One day following my GPS and Matteo’s maps that were telling us to follow a direction we got completely lost over a terrible track with sand to our knees and without anyone in sight. Riding our bikes got really hard, especially for me with the excessive weight of my KTM 990. We were unable to find water or gas and started to get worried. Mongolia can be a dangerous trip. Luckily for us, when it was already dark we saw a tiny village in the middle of the desert. This was a lucky star for us. Little villages like this one (Maximum 5 gher) are always moving here in Mongolia so there could have been nothing there that day. That would have been a different story. One of the families hosted us for the night. They fed us and allowed us to spend the night in their Gher. The husband insisted that we took his bed for the night while he slept on the floor. We tried to set up our own tent but he refused and insisted that we took his bed. What a marvelous experience.
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The only things we saw on our track for a long time. Our minds started to play games
Camels are always in proximity of sand. Not a good sign for us
Arriving at night
Kid looking at the map of our trip
Kids were very fascinated by maps.
Showing movies to the kids
Matteo relaxing at last
Our dinner is getting ready
This was the best dinner in a long time
Sei un grande!
One of the advantages of posting RR is not only to show your adventures and learn from someone else's experiences but also that you can get to know people like salcar. Il grande sei tu.
We made our visit to the orphanage accompanied by Zagi, official interpreter for “Amici dei bambini” in Mongolia and other social workers. The director of the orphanage received us and explained the drama of the abandoned children in Mongolia. It is very hard to express our feeling of the day with the children. We were lucky to spend few hours in contact with the children and see how they live their everyday lives. Matteo and myself would like to thank all of you, which helped us through your donation to make all this possible. Your donations will guarantee all activities for these children aiming their social integration. As you can imagine, it was for us a very difficult and moving day. Our next projects to help children less fortunate in the world are in Colombia and Africa. Please visit our blog for more information.
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Us with the manager of Kindergarden 58
Kids were impressed by Matteo's beard.
A good day !
Most of the children wanted to stay on our laps
Matteo entertaining the children
Wonderful trip. The adventure only seems to be getting better with every passing kilometer.
Ride safe and I am tuned in.
So awesome. It's in my bucket list and I sure can use these valuable info.
This has been so far a truly magical journey for Matteo and myself. We are both keen in learning about new cultures and having the same passion about adventure and traveling on motorcycles. All this made two perfect strangers such as us to be able to accomplish a non-easy journey through many different countries. I met Matteo just last year in Turkey, and stayed together for only a couple of days before this trip. We have gone trough some dangerous and difficult times on this journey and all this made us a great strong team, but most of all we became great friends. We trusted one another with all we had. We have learned a lot from each another and we strongly believed that destiny made a huge part in all of this. This is the end of our 1st segment of our trip around the world. In a few month we will be back in Mongolia to continue our trip toward Japan. So far we crossed countries such as: Italy,Greece,Turkey,Georgia,Azerbaijan,Turkmenistan,Uzbekistan,Kazakhstan,Russia and Mongolia.
A special thanks goes to our beloved motorcycles that are now resting for a few months in the basement of OASIS Caffee & guesthouse in Ulaanbataar (UB). This is a beautiful place to stay that offers a kind and warm welcoming for travelers on this part of the world. Rest is a must for our bikes after having traveled through difficult terrains. They transported us safely toward UB. Matteo was riding a 1985 Honda Dominator and I was on a newer 2008 KTM Adventure. Both bikes were outstanding, but due to the age, I have to give it to the Honda . In Japan we were invited by Honda headquarters because of this but that I will discuss later on our RR.
After a few month of hibernation we are ready to continue our journey toward Japan. We arrive in Ulanbataar and go directly to the Oasis guesthouse, where we left our bikes a few month prior. What a start this is been. I should say:
"What a shitty start"
Matteo has lost his luggage with all his belongings and I was prepared to share my only two underwear I own. In a very bad mood we finally arrive to our location where we left our motorcycles. We were extremely happy and anxious to see them and ear their voices, but....... Surprise Surprise.... No voice to be heard. You should have seen our faces.
All our planning is in jeopardy. Two options for us. Give up or try to fix the problems even if our mechanical knowledge is limited and here in Mongolia even finding a spur plug is almost impossible.
Of course we choose the second one and started working on the motorcycles right away. We worked non stop for 2 full days and are ready to go. It turned out that we both had fuel pump issues.
To feel again more in tunes with the local culture we found this charming place to sleep at night and rest before entering Siberia tomorrow.
SIBERIA HERE WE COME
Our intended route
Here we are my friends. Matteo and myself are ready to go and can’t wait to prepare all necessary things such as Visas for the second segment of our trip around the world. This time the journey will take us across Siberia all the way to Japan. SIBERIA ??? Yes Siberia it is. Are we nervous ? Absolutely. Siberia can be very rough but at the same time very interesting. Our bikes are safely stored in a basement of a B&B in Ulanbataar. I need a new front tire as my old one is almost square due to the terrible roads we encounter in Kazakhstan and Mongolia. During our travel we will try to visit the dramatic experience many political prisoners endured in the 1900′s.
In 1754 the Russian government decided to send petty criminals and political opponents to eastern Siberia. Sentenced to hard labour (katorga), the convicts had to travel mostly on foot and the journey could take up to three years and it is estimated about half died before they reached their destination.
Over the next 130 years around 1.2 million prisoners were deported to Siberia. Some prisoners helped to build the Trans-Siberian Railway. Others worked in the silver and lead mines of the Nertchinsk district, the saltworks of Usolie and the gold mines of Kara.
Prisoners at a trial
The Trans siberian railway
Those convicts who did not work hard enough were flogged to death. Other punishments included being chained up in an underground black hole and having a 48lb beam of wood attached to a prisoner's chains for several years. Once a sentence had been completed, convicts had their chains removed. However, they were forced to continue living and working in Siberia.
Matteo and myself will depart Ulaanbataar and head north to Ulan-Ude.We will then follow part of the Trans Siberian Railway to Chita and then all the way to the Pacific Ocean toward the island of Sakhalin. From Sakhalin we will embark on a ferry to Japan. Wow....It is easier said than done !
The roads in Siberia are pretty bad. Roomers suggest that there has been great improvements in the past 10 years so we will go with a good level of optimism. We sure hope so because judging from these pictures taken from the internet is not the case.
Road to Vanino
We still cant believe the luck of having met Thyerri and Alvaro in Ulan Bataar. Thanks to their knowledge of fixing our bikes we were able to leave this morning heading toward the Russian border. Thierry decides to change his plans to go to Vladivostok and come with us to Japan. Matteo and myself cant ask for any one better to come with us across Siberia. Siberia is a hard place to be and the more we are the safer it will be. The three of us leave Ulaanbataar at around noon after having settle the bill with Sybille at the OASIS caffe & guesthouse. The trip out of Mongolia is pretty easy because the road is paved and the scenery is not what we experienced last year. Many people arrive to Mongolia from the north and leave from the same routes. If you plan to visit Mongolia make sure you enter from the western border of Tashanta and make your way to the Capital city of Ulaanbataar. If you just do the north part in and out you have not been to this magic place. Anyway, we arrive to the border with no complication and go through custom in a relative smooth way. Decompressing from all the stress caused the day before we decide to find a cheap place in the little border village of Kyakhta. Total cost for a room for the three of us was 1500 Rubles. At this little hotel we meet a German guy that is doing basically the same route as we are. The only difference is that he is doing it on a bicycle. His name is Stephen Herb and I understand this is not his first trip of this kind. Its hard enough doing what we are doing on a motorcycle but I cant imagine doing this on a bicycle. Good luck Stephen, have a great journey.
Stephen Harp, Matteo and Thierry having breakfast
Typical village houses
What an amazing trip! Looking forward to each installment. Thanks for sharing it.
looking forward to see pictures from Japan.
keep on posting
Thank you for your comment. I will try to post as much as I can soon.