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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.
Today our lunch stop was finally in Naranbulag and it was a busy place and we had goat and rice and some goat dumplings (buzz). Several of the local were keen to get to try out the big bikes, but none of us took them upon it. One particular guy in a pink long coat and “cowboy” hat was very insistent and perhaps a bit drunk. They were also butchering a goat out back of the shop. Along the road we saw a few camels and the vast landscapes.
When we got to the end of the paved road we had to decide on a camp spot. There is a lake about 10 km from the road, but these are small standing water holes with livestock and not too appealing.
We had passed some interesting rock formations about 5 km back and though that would be cool and would offer some shelter from the wind and we could be away from the road.
The sky tonight is looking better for some Astral photography and we are keen to see the Persieds meteors too. We set up camp and cooked up a nice Russian beef in a can dinner. We had an incredible lightning show from a massive cloud in the distance that was luckily moving away from us.
The stars tonight were amazing. We saw a lot of fast moving satellites and tons of meteors. They were as bright a emergency flares and with long red tails. We are only at 1200 m and so it was cool after sunset, but not freezing.
Todays (in hindsight) optimistic plan is to get 97 km to Songrino and then try to get to Tosontsengel village in another 87 km.
We cooked up some instant oatmeal and coffee and hit the road at 9. It was 5 km back to the end of the paved road where we aired down the tires.
The road is WASHBOARD to start and one main track before it branches out. It goes from a skiff of sand to several inches.
We had some fun chasing these camels around.
When the sand got deep we again resorted to the grass. This means we all got a bit spread out even though we are all going in the same general direction by the GPS.
The car and truck drivers here all wave and smile! Mongolians are super friendly smiling people, We managed to get to Songrino by 1 pm and found a cafe for some lunch. There is no running water anywhere out here, but you can for sure get gas everywhere!
Hmmmmm GOAT. Definitely requires a breath mint afterwards!
The road after lunch was more of the same with sections of deep sand and several bikes had dirt naps. (Never Dan’s of course!). We came across a few herds of Yaks.
Dan and Sara decided to go up and over the hill on the grass off to the right as that was the way the road went eventually and The other guys went left along the road.
When we got to the fork in the road by Tudevtei we met Wolfgang, but we had no sign of Trevor and Orvar who had been ahead. The routing for Wolle’s GPS is the same as the other guys and not ours and so we think they may have gone left at the fork into Tudevtei instead of right on the main track.
We confirmed this theory with a group in a car stopped there changing their tire as they had seen them. This means they went into the town, but will they realize the mistake and come out the same way or take the other road out the back side that eventually meets the correct track. HMMM. Wolle decided to wait 30 min there and we went ahead to see if they were at the next intersection. It is also getting very late and there is much more sand. We had 34 km to go to the next village of Numrug (for a total 0f 188 km) and it is already almost 4. This took almost 2 hours and we 3 all arrived a bit shattered.
Sara was into the village first and stopped at the first “hotel” on Maps.me..…NOPE. At the other end of town there was a cleaner place and the manager spoke some English. We managed to get on line there with the SIMs and saw Orvar's SPOT was just 20 km away. They had come out of the village and gone back 50 km to get cell reception at the lunch place and to check our SPOT. They were not thinking clearly, but were worried we were in trouble. They arrived to town and like Wolle and Sara; Orvar had had a crash in the deep sand. Both Sara and Orvar were a bit battered and sore but with no permanent damage.
Wonderful updates. Better and better all the time. Thank you so much for sharing.
Mongolia,Beautiful and wild as always :)
Hey thanks for the comments. Has been a challenge with the internet in the last few months. Lets hope China is better!! SP
Yes and so hard to really capture in photos!
The rooms are simple with wood beds and we slept in our sleeping bags. There is no running water (no shower & squat outhouse). The owner did boil us up some water and put it in the sink reservoir so we could clean up a bit. They had cold s and also let us use their kitchen to cook a pasta dinner. There was a lot of noise in the town with dogs barking, motorbikes cruising up and down, People checking in late and then knocking at the front door to check for rooms at all hours.