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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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    We woke up to the power to the entire town being off. This was no big deal except that if you did not notice this and left your room you were then locked out with the key card like Wolfgang. That would be ok except the staff then had to search around for 20 min to find the skeleton key to let him back in. Breakfast was 1 cold fried egg on a slice of dry bread and luke warm tea. The other issue of course is the gas pumps don't work either. We finally got out of there about 945.


    [​IMG]Mongolia Khovd to Ulaangom_ by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We headed out of town north to Ulaangom in 218 km.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-08-09 at 21.18.46 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The first few km are under construction and is a good firm gravel road.

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

    [​IMG]Ulummgon-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Ulummgon-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Then there is about 25 km to the next town Norjinkhairhan where they had a working pump to fill up. Unlike Russia they get the concept of the fill up here and then give you gas and then you pay. In Russia you give them cash or the number of liters you want if you use Visa and then they turn on the pump. This creates long waits as everyone has to go in twice. There is 40 km of tarmac in total and this ends at the bridge to Bayankhoshuu.

    [​IMG]Ulummgon-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Ulummgon-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Mongolia Khovd to Ulaangom_-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Mongolia Khovd to Ulaangom_-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Mongolia Khovd to Ulaangom_-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The only thing I see wrong w/ crossing Mongolia is, where you are going looks like where you have been & where you are now. You must be bored to tears,little wonder arriving at some as-semblance of civilization is exciting.
  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It is stunning and you can not capture it in photos. Busy watching for deep sand so never boring. Actually the road surface changes constantly even if the horizon doesn't so keeps you busy.
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  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The lunch stop as usual took an hour to get food and so we did not leave there until 4. Here we met 2 riders and got the scoop on the routes ahead. For us now the next 100 km the road gets slowly better. Unfortunately it is not the same for them.


    [​IMG]Ulummgon-23 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

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  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Leaving the town initial you pass by the lake and the tracks are pretty sandy, but once you pass about 10 km it gets a bit better. And then it gets sandy again, but you can blaze across the grass lands. We had all kinds of terrain this afternoon thin sand, deep sand, grass, rocky wash outs, hard mud road, and gravel.

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

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

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

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  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    At one point Dan and I took the right track and the guys who were ahead had taken the left. They went on two sides of a hill. We saw a big herd of camels on our route. One we passed the hill it was grassland as far as you could see. This local biker blew past us on our track and then braked hard….He just wanted to say hi and then turned left and blasted across the grass.

    [​IMG]Mongolia Khovd to Ulaangom_-22 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

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  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The guys had spilt up when they realized they had not seen us for a while and all tried to find us. We headed across the grass to meet the main track again. The wind was fierce for a short while and while we were fighting it. We saw a big bike in the distance barrel to us and on a meeting trajectory. Orvar caught up to us and then had to go back for the others. It is easy to get separated with so many tracks to choose from. We stopped in the lea of the wind to take a brake and take some photos while we waited for them.

    [​IMG]Mongolia Khovd to Ulaangom_-25 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We have 65 km to go still and it is after 6 pm. At 7 we stopped to decide what to do with the 40 km left and with the overcast sky the decision was to go to the town as there would be no star shots tonight for camping.

    The road is gravel from here with a few wash outs with deep rocks and some water to cross. At the “cross road” the guys went straight since it was 20 km shorter than going right and over to the paved road, which had been the plan. This 20 km took almost an hour with the light fading. There were several small water crossings and one large river crossing. There were also a few wash outs to deal with. The last 10 km was good gravel to the town.

    [​IMG]Ulummgon-37 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

    [​IMG]Mongolia Khovd to Ulaangom_-28 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    On the way into the town Trevor’s bike was making some loud noise and he though it was the chain linkage from the new chain. We arrived just as the rain started and headed to the hotel recommended by the people we met at lunch. It is clean and cheap, but there is no hot water (it will be a few minutes…not). It is one of those places where the door handles are not properly attached and fall off when you open the doors, the window is not installed properly, and none of the plugs work. In fact we could not get back into our room with the key after breakfast. Luckily we had left the window open and Sara could go out Trevor’s window, along the ledge, and into our room.

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    It was raining all night and still pretty hard at 8 am. By the time we rolled out at 10 it was down to a drizzle. We made a stop to check out the statue of the famous Mongolian wrestler in front of the sports palace. The plan for the day was to try to get past Songrino to camp by a lake. We are unsure of how much of this is paved, but we were told by other riders that this distance was possible. We had been told the road was paved “for 50 km past the junction” what ever that means.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We headed to the fuel station and met some Russian riders on small bikes.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We only made it about 20 km when Trevor’s bike was really making noise. We stopped and found the rear bearing was destroyed. We are super thankful to the Perkins who we met in Sari-Tash on their Africa Twin as they warned him about the bearing issue. He had searched everywhere on line and there is nothing about bearing failure (20,000km). Also luckily Trevor still bought some bearings when we were in Bishkek otherwise it would be a truck and waiting 2-3 days for parts from Ulanbaatar. He took off the wheel and Wolfgang packed it, while Dan packed Trevor back to town. Orvar and Sara set up a shelter with the tarp and relaxed.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had a few visitors the first was a local biker who stopped to check out the twin and say hi. The next was 2 guys in a car who said hello, came to shake our hands, proceeded to top up their oil, and then toss the bottle into the ditch! There is an unbelievable amount of trash on the road side here for the small amount of traffic. My bad drivers = garbage theory is blown here since they are very courteous drivers who throw their trash out the window.

    It was a quick fix as the first shop they went to got right on it and they were back in about 2 hours.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    While we were packing up a family arrived, stopped, unloaded and swarmed around us. They were super chatty (in Mongolian) and super curious. Just before they left they handed out big pieces of cheese to us all. We said thanks and tried it, but had to spit it out after they left. It was like very salty and very sour Parmesan.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Not too far along the road we had these guys posing for us.

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  19. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This small break down will change our planned destination for sure and we will just have to see how it goes. We headed out again at 3 and in the end found there was 250 km of paved road in total.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We made a stop at one local place, but it did not look very clean. We met a few local here including this nice couple on a bike who we saw several other times today along the road. They had to drive a very long way to buy what ever they needed. We had to settle for Choco pies (not good).

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