Steppe Out: Travels Around Mongolia, Summer 2014

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by live2ridetahoe, May 22, 2014.

  1. live2ridetahoe

    live2ridetahoe RN

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    Thank you Kelly and Matt for all of the inspiration to get out there and make things happen!! Hopefully I will put together a ride report that might be worthy of a little bit of your time. I doubt it will be the amazing blog that your RRs are, but I will do my best.

    Cheers,

    Tahoe
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  2. bob66

    bob66 Been here awhile

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    From Kharkorin you can do a 1-day trip to a monastery. I think it's worth it. Here is my gps track from 2010. You can see the track when zooming in. We went to the monastery on the left side of the river (from Kharkorin) and returned the other side. The river was big, but fortunately not flowing fast. Anyway, at the returning (on the other side of the river) the landscape was more beautiful.

    This is the river
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    Cristian / Bob
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  3. live2ridetahoe

    live2ridetahoe RN

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    Thanks for the GPS tracks Bob! I am definitely going to check out that monastery. It looks like a beautiful place from your photos. I am curious to see how big the river will be this year... time will tell.

    Thanks for following along!

    Tahoe
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  4. bob66

    bob66 Been here awhile

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    Considering that you'll ride a Chinese bike I can recommend you to go first on the right side so that you don't have to cross the river. And at returning, you can check how deep it is.

    There at the monastery are many tourists, but it is very isolated place, you have to leave the bike and then walk half or one hour (don't remember). We took the horse :D

    Bob / Cristian
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  5. live2ridetahoe

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    Well, it has been a little while since I posted in this thread. The prep for Mongolia has been in full swing tho. I find myself spending many waking hours thinking about what to bring, what to leave home, what I might need on the trip, where to go, etc. It really reminds me of having to take a final exam in school. You spend days and days studying and you finally get to a point where you say, "Screw it!! Just give me the test!! I'm ready!!" I think I am about at that point.

    Much thanks to Ben S. Ben is an inmate from Australia who is living and working in UB. Ben has been super helpful with giving me great beta about the country. I am super grateful for the time you have taken to help a fellow traveler. I hope we can meet up when I get to UB. I'm buying!!

    As a nurse in a rapidly changing healthcare system, I am interested in how locals on the steppe get their healthcare and who delivers it. A co worker of mine found out about my trip to Mongolia. She proceeded to tell me about her trip to China and Mongolia years ago where she studied natural/eastern healing techniques. She then told me about an organization called Nomadicare that delivers a combination of eastern and western medicine to the nomads of the steppe and taiga. I have contacted them about possibly observing and volunteering for a few days at the hospital in Hatgal near Lake Khovsgol. Hopefully I can line something up in the next week or so. I think it would be an amazing experience...

    I am planning a shakedown trip to the Sierra this week to test out my packing and my new gear. I think I am pretty ready to get on my way. I'll figure out the small details when I get there. That's part of the adventure, right?

    Thanks for following. More to come soon.

    Tahoe
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  6. Buuurrrt

    Buuurrrt Adventurer

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    I love this site and how it motivates good folks to get out there and live their dream.

    I was on the ride to Mongolia with JoeMotocross and I just wanted to offer my support. Mongolia was one of the coolest trips I have done. I can't wait to go back to that part of the world.

    A couple of things.

    The old Shineray Mustang. She is a good girl with not a lot of travel in the suspension. There is a max speed you can go on these roads and you will know when you have found it. Plan on not making a lot of miles each day until you get a feel for the bike and the roads. These roads can make a Hard man crumble.
    This road may not look rough. But it ripped the rear axle off the a truck just like this one.
    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/107640473@N07/14651905261" title="Mongolia 2012 - 1042 by M West, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3854/14651905261_f4ca7fbbb0_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Mongolia 2012 - 1042"></a>

    That the opportunity to connect with the locals.

    Not many speak english, but they are always fun to talk to.
    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/107640473@N07/14468464698" title="Mongolia 2012 - 0393 by M West, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3894/14468464698_cbba4c65f4_c.jpg" width="800" height="533" alt="Mongolia 2012 - 0393"></a>
    Head inside for some tea.
    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/107640473@N07/14468652067" title="Mongolia 2012 - 0771 by M West, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3859/14468652067_585ffedddf_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Mongolia 2012 - 0771"></a>
    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/107640473@N07/14468455489" title="Mongolia 2012 - 1185 by M West, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2923/14468455489_7cde0a13f0_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="Mongolia 2012 - 1185"></a>

    Just one word of caution about dogs in Mongolia. As you enter some town or pass a camp, dogs may run out to greet you. Not all of these dogs are friendly. They can bite so I highly suggest riding boots or thick pants to protect from the knee down. Michelle did get a nasty bite near the end of our trip. It didn't break the skin but left a nasty bruise. There is rabies in Mongolia.

    Another word of caution. After this trip you will never be the same. Adventure will now be fixed to your DNA coursing through your veins. You will look at the world through different eyes.

    Good Luck Live2ridetahoe. We are behind you.
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  7. RoninMoto

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    Yes. Central Asia dogs are something to respect. Moto boots should do the trick.

    2 weeks into my RTW my friend send me an email. "You have to accept the fact that you will never be able to live a normal life after this" These words have resonated with me and I'm starting to worry it is true :D

    I think there are people on ADV who are almost as excited for your trip to start as you are :freaky
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  8. bluestar

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    :lurk :lurk Sounds like a great trip.
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  9. live2ridetahoe

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    Hi Buuurrrt!

    Thanks for checking in. Your trip with Michelle and JM was a huge inspiration for me.

    I would love a bike with a better suspension for the trip. I'm cautiously optimistic about the bike. Maybe we need to get together and figure out how to equip these bikes with a new KTM front end and rear suspension....

    I remember Michelle getting bit by a dog on your trip. I'll be careful for sure. I have been warned by a few people about these dogs...

    Thanks for following along Buuurrrt and again, thanks for the inspiration. If you can think of any "must see" things, please post here or PM me.

    Cheers,

    Tahoe
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  10. live2ridetahoe

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    Thanks Noah. I am getting really excited about the trip as well. In less than two weeks from now I'll be camping on the steppe! Thank you for the inspiration!

    Tahoe
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  11. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    Just finished the central route of Mongolia and ill be posting in the next few days...just an fyi...and plus +1 on the dogs...got chased for over a kilometre in deep sand last night as they kept trying to bite any part of me they could...good times!!!

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  12. rossphoto

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    What was it that caused you to be stranded on the 950? Good luck Ill be following...
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  13. live2ridetahoe

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    My fuel pump went about 25 miles south of San Felipe. I got picked up by some Orange County firefighters and was drinking beer at a beach house a half an hour later. They brought me back to Carlsbad the next day where an extensive search for a KTM fuel pump yielded no results. This was in early 2005 on a 2005.5 950 Adventure. There wasn't a lot out there on issues with the bike other than the water pump seal and a few other issues. The only option I had at the time was to replace the pump with an off-the-shelf unit from NAPA auto. That pump (I realized later) worked at a higher psi than the stock Mitsubishi fuel pump. When the bike shut off, it hydrolocked the engine. This resulted in another trip back to the OC in the back of a pickup truck with a man and his son who were in Baja surfing. I think the issue has been addressed and I think there are now aftermarket solutions for the fuel pump.

    Thanks for following along...

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  14. rossphoto

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    That figures, I'm on a 2005.5 ADV too. But the fuel and water pump are now known issues and hopefully I remedied them and am prepped in case they go bad again... I'm headed out on a RTW in March... keep the rubber down....
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  15. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    Excellent adventure! :clap
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  16. Bob

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    Have fun!
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  17. pirate63

    pirate63 SUPA 10 PILOT

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    This is going to be good,we want to do Mongolia.
    Yes watch out for dog , we were chased down many times through Central Asia,one bit rear pillion peg and hung on for ages while mrs was kicking it off,big dog to….


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  18. live2ridetahoe

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    Thanks for coming along all!

    I'll be sure to keep a distance from the doggies and watch out!! Maybe I should bring some bear spray or wasp spray with me just in case....

    Tahoe
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  19. Kazky

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    That was really really cool. Hope to ride Mongolia one day. The furthest i've touched is kazakhstan..
    Well done!
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  20. live2ridetahoe

    live2ridetahoe RN

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    Thanks for checking in Kazky. I'd love to check out K-stan someday. I'm watching team Astana going down the Col d'Izoard in the Tour de France right now.

    Cheers

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