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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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    Next you ride 300 meters to the border station and are directed to park on the left. The officer checks your passport, vehicle registration, and your paper scrap. You go inside to passport control for the entry stamp and to fill in the tourist card (with English questions). Next you go to the window to the left for a customs stamp. The last step is to go to Customs office which is the next window part passport control and where they make up the TVIP for you. It is important to get your small scrap of paper back and that it has 3 stamps on it and that the TVIP is signed by the big boss. We were lucky to all get in before the hordes of people showed up for luggage X-ray. They did not even ask to look at our stuff. Trevor was last and the boss was going for his 2 hours lunch, but we managed to catch him for Trevor’s last stamp.

    [​IMG]Uglii-13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Then you ride 300 m to the exit gate for a final passport check and to hand in the 3 stamp scrap. Trevor was turned back here as he did not have the customs passport stamp and had to go back.

    [​IMG]Uglii-14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Mongolia Border to Uglii by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Leaving the gate the road is terrible and full of holes. You ride about 250 meters and then a few people run out to stop you. These are people trying to sell you worthless insurance and of course money changers.

    [​IMG]Uglii-15 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We passed them and then another 200 m later there is an “official looking booth with an open gate and a stop sign”. The “ officer look official too”. This is the “Mongolian highway tax scam”. They want 15 USD for this. I said no we are not paying as this is fake. She said why and I said I read it on the internet and rode off. They did not even try to stop Trevor who was last.

    [​IMG]Uglii-16 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The road from here is gravel for 34 km and terrible wash board to the first town of Tsagaannuur.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-08-18 at 13.12.09 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Uglii-17 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    There are multiple alternative tracts, which are hard packed and much easier to ride on.

    [​IMG]Uglii-18 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Uglii-19 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    It is then good pavement for the next 65 km.

    [​IMG]Uglii-20 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Uglii-21 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Uglii-23 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  6. SavannahCapt

    SavannahCapt Long timer

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    Fantastic. :clap
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  7. Nickhob

    Nickhob Armchair adventurer

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    :clap:clap:clap:clap
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  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  9. DavidM1

    DavidM1 Unicorn hunting

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    Caught up with your RR, great stuff. This brings back memories of the 2008 total eclipse at Kochenevo (just west of Novosibirsk), you must have passed through it. I've just got back from a rental bike trip to the one in the US.
    Stay safe.

    P.S. What, no welcome signs in Mongolia? Тавтай морилогтун (tavtai morilogtun).
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  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    No none at all!!!
  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    There are some decisions to be made on our route to Ulanbaatar. The choices are the southern (Gobi= 300 km of deeper sand, but actually many more km of tarmac), the northern (more water crossings, mountain crossings, and difficulty better suited to small bikes), or the middle route (a mixture of both).

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-08-31 at 19.26.22 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Well we managed not to leave the Blue Wolf today at all and spent the evening in the restaurant there with Brent and Dan from Saskatchewan who are in the Mongol Rally in their Yaris. There were many many beers had and at least 3 bottles of Vodka….This made for a late start today.

    [​IMG]Mongolia Border to Uglii-20 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Mongolia Border to Uglii-21 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We had breakfast at 10 and then packed and gassed up with 95! We finally left town about 1130. This was after finding an ATM and SIM cards!

    [​IMG]Mongolia Border to Uglii-23 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Mongolia Border to Uglii-22 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  13. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The rest are under construction. The first 100 are pretty good with little sand or loose gravel. There are long sections with hard packed dirt. When it is sandy we go for the grass.

    [​IMG]Khvod-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Khvod-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Khvod-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Khvod-14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Mongolia Uglii to Khvod-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Mongolia Uglii to Khvod-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  15. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    You cross back and forth across the prepared road bed. In one section they were laying deep gravel and the detour was down a very steep grass embankment.

    [​IMG]Khvod-16 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Khvod-18 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Khvod-20 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Mongolia Uglii to Khvod-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Khvod-22 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Khvod-24 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Khvod-26 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Khvod-28 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Khvod-30 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Mongolia Uglii to Khvod-16 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We found a cafe (the first) about 95 km from our destination and had a pretty good lunch. We had to wait for a large Russian group to be fed first and so we were there over an hour. The food was fresh ground goat in Jamaican paddy like pockets. The goat is so fresh the next one is tied up to the back of the shop! There were at least a dozen birds of prey playing in the thermals near by.

    [​IMG]Khvod-32 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_9395 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Mongolia Uglii to Khvod-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Mongolia Uglii to Khvod-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Mongolia Uglii to Khvod-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Mongolia Uglii to Khvod-15 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Mongolia Uglii to Khvod-13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_9394 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Mongolia Uglii to Khvod-14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The last 95 km we started just after 4 and managed to get to a hotel by 630. The last 50 km are more sandy and loose and with some very long stretches where you had to stand for kms.

    [​IMG]Khvod-34 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Khvod-36 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Khvod-38 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Mongolia Uglii to Khvod-17 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Mongolia Uglii to Khvod-18 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Mongolia Uglii to Khvod-19 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    You can see the last 9 km from the hill top and it is basically just dozens of sand tracks.

    [​IMG]Mongolia Uglii to Khvod-20 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Mongolia Uglii to Khvod-21 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Khvod-40 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    The Khovd Hotel, which we saw first ended up to be the best in town and that is not saying much, but they had lots of single rooms. The bathrooms were added afterwards and consist of a glass enclosure beside the bed. We walked around the corner to the King Restaurant and got the royal treatment. The food was good and the portions massive.

    [​IMG]Mongolia Uglii to Khvod-22 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  19. #1Fan

    #1Fan Long timer

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    Wow, such a beautiful place. Do you happen to know the elevation? Looks really high altitude. Thank you for sharing your adventures with us!
  20. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Khovd also known as Hovd is at an elevations of 1,395 m (4,577 ft). Most of Mongolia is on a plateau and under 2500 m there are some peaks in the far west near the Chinese border. Sara
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