Trip through Turkey, Iran, Stans, Russia, Mongolia

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by eustachius, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. WarLlama

    WarLlama belligerent cameloid

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    Now this is something you don't see every day.

    Great ride, great report, thanks for sharing. :clap

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  2. LoneWolf-IT

    LoneWolf-IT fantasy traveller

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    Great ride, great report, thanks for sharing.
  3. eustachius

    eustachius Adventurer

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    Getting ready for a new day. Packing had become a routine.

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    From the distance it looks much greener and more fertile than it really is.

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    We were in no hurry, so stops were frequent.

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    Those herdsmen wanted to know if we had seen their horses on our way.

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    This family was on their way to the summer grazing land. Their truck was loaded with their household, ger etc. Paul's Dominator never gets so much attention and interest in Austria.

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    This is their baby son.

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    We get some fuel in Tes and then we look for a restaurant.

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    It's a dusty place.

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    This is the restaurant. It was run by three men. We were hesitant, but hungry

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    and not disappointed.

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    and those were the cooks and waiters.
  4. eustachius

    eustachius Adventurer

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    We were going on to Bajantes.

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    It was a beautiful day on the bikes.

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    We were approaching Bajantes, which is nicely situated.

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    We wanted to buy some food and drinks for the night.

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    Street scene.

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    People were curious to find out what we were doing.

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    As I said before, many breaks. It was a holiday.

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    But it's too early to call it a day.
  5. Rango

    Rango Phaneropter

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    ..., many breaks. It was a holiday.
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    Now, that's a positive attitude.
    And the landscape begs for it.
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  6. bomose

    bomose Long timer

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    I wonder where they get the lumber to build those fences and houses.Not too many trees around.:lol3
  7. KUDABESI

    KUDABESI Been here awhile

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    Hi eustachius,
    Good pictures and report...
    I'm in !!
    Good luck and have a safe trip...


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  8. trailtosakhalin

    trailtosakhalin Adventurer

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    Great pics again :clap
  9. potski

    potski Wiley Wanderer

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    Hi eustachius,

    Enjoying your RR. How did the two Hondas compare side by side for distance travel like this.

    Cheers
    Potski :freaky
  10. blackcaps

    blackcaps Do it alone

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  11. eustachius

    eustachius Adventurer

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    Hi Potski,

    both were up to it, there is no doubt about that, but I still think that the Transalp is a 'better' bike for this kind of travel.
    When the going is rough, you want to be on a lighter bike, like the Dominator but the Transalp is such a smooth bike, it's incredible.
    Distances are huge. It took us 20 days to get from UB back to Austria, we covered 9,000 kms. I was riding Paul's Dominator for a while but was glad when I was back on my Transalp. Better wind protection, better fuel economy when going a bit 'faster', more space for luggage, no overheating, more power for overtaking trucks - and there are a lot in Russia and Ukraine. The Transalp never burned any oil. The Dominator did, especially on our way back. It wasn't really bad, but it was an issue.
    On the tracks in Mongolia, both were doing fine as long as we didn't race. We were sometimes dreaming of riding orange bikes, but I had decided to go on a cheap old Honda because I simply didn't want to worry too much about what to do if I had a major breakdown.
    My Transalp has 72,000 kms on the clock now(I trust the owner before me) and I would take it on another trip like that without any hesitation.
  12. eustachius

    eustachius Adventurer

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    It's so easy to find good places for camp.

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    You find bottled water everywhere.

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    So much beauty in those open spaces was worth coming all the way. It was something very special for us Europeans.

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    Before arriving at Tsetserleg.

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    We met these three Spanish cyclists in the village. They were touring Mongolia for some weeks and we decided to have lunch together.

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    When we saw this, we knew we wouldn't leave the place hungry. We are no vegetarians.


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    Always east.

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    Camp between Tsetserleg and Tsagaan Uul.

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  13. BIF

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    Heaven.....:tb
  14. alphacompgeek

    alphacompgeek Adventurer

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    It's amazing how parts of Mongolia look identical to places halfway around the world. The terrain, vegetation, vast landscapes, horses and two-track dirt roads look exactly like eastern Montana or Wyoming.

    Keep the pics coming! :-)
  15. eustachius

    eustachius Adventurer

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    After some nights in the tent we were heading for Mörön where we wanted to stay in a hotel to get civilized again. We needed a shower and had to do some laundry.
    Mörön is one of the biggest towns in Mongolia (40,000 habitants) and the coldest provincial capital. There are plenty of forests around and many of the smaller houses are built of wood.

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    Breakfast, mixed pickles, bread, cheese, instant coffee.

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    And after some kilometres a Bounty or a Snickers.

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    Plenty of Edelweiss everywhere.

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    Herdsmen walking around an ovoo, clockwise, three times.

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    They were on a Sunday outing with their side-car.


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    Mörön from the distance.

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    They didn't have a parking lot or a garage, so we didn't stay.
  16. locorider

    locorider Loco, pero no estúpido!

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    Great pics Eustachius!

    Specially the one you two are resting along the river bank! Awesome!:clap
  17. potski

    potski Wiley Wanderer

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    You are spoiling us with your photos and descriptions here; keep them coming. It seems this part of the world is becoming more and more popular as an ADV destination as there have been several RR's lately in the region and I can see why.

    Yes, I swapped from big singles XT500 and DR600 to a Transalp, it's a different world. The Transalp imo is a superb allrounder, brilliant on the road and not too shabby on the dirt either, I haven't done any big trips like yours yet on mine, but it has certainly seen some use here in the Pyrenees (France, Spain and Andorra with 67,000Km's trouble free.. off again in an hour for another little trip actually :-)

    BTW, the Dominator is around 168 kilos; original Transalp was alledgedly only 175 !!.

    Like yourself, several inmates on here have traded big beemers for them and headed off on huge trips even two up.

    Thanks again for taking us along, keep it coming :clap:clap:clap

    Cheers
    Potski :freaky
  18. potski

    potski Wiley Wanderer

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    Your time will come Carlos....Here is a man who knows Transalps!

    Cheers
    Potski :freaky
  19. eustachius

    eustachius Adventurer

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    Same place, different angle.
  20. eustachius

    eustachius Adventurer

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    So we decided to stay in this ger, one kilometre from the town centre. It's so much more comfortable to have the bikes right next to where you sleep, no unloading and loading.

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    On our way into town, looking forward to a nice drink and food.

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    Is it for better insulation that they put a layer of bricks over the wooden walls?