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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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    Today is a warm sunny day for making miles! We headed out just after 930, gassed up, and aired up the tires. Then it was 300 km north to Mandalgovi and with a very flat boring view.

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    We saw a lot of camels along the way.

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    Speed control Mongolian style.

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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We stopped here to cook up some lunch and then rode another 230 km to Zuunmod, which is where the UB bypass road cuts over to the south bound road. It is then 25 km across. The only issue was the train crossing was blocked off just before the south road and there were dozens of trucks waiting. They had a detour on the dirt along the train tracks back 5 km to the next under pass and then another 2 across to the highway.

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    We arrived back to the highway at 415 and we had 185 km south to the next town of Choir. Sunset was at 710 so we had to press.

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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    There are a few “hotels” here on the GPS, but several do not exist, one looks like a by the hour place, and one though 2.50$ a person is just too dirty. Riding around in circles in a shitty town after a very long day in failing light sucks!

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    Finally we headed in the dusk to the other side of town and found an actual hotel. It is clean, but there is no hot water. There is however a very good restaurant about 5 min walk away just on the highway.

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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had not a bad night in the end despite the questionable comfort of the beds. It was cold and we snugged under 2 duvets. We had bought some fruit, yogurt, and muesli for breakfast and and ate in the room. We had only 227 km to go today to Sainshand, which is the capital of the region and a fairly large town.

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    We knew there was at least one decent hotel with hot water. This puts us within striking distance of the Chinese border for day after with only 215 km. The road is straight and the scenery unchanging flat desert.

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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Arriving to the town we can spot the hotel as it is on the hill above everything else. It is full of Taiwanese tourists. They do not serve food from 2-4 and so we walked into the town to the other hotel we considered and we had a very good meal there. There is quite a monument on the hill across from the hotel.

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    We will stay here tonight and then be in Zamin-Uud tomorrow. The plan is to be at the Mongolian border post at 8 am. We hope this gets us to the Chinese side by 9. Here we will meet our guide Tony, driver Mr Tang, and “the fixer” they have hired thru the customs broker to smooth the process of getting the bikes into the country. We were told we may have a medical check up for our Chinese drivers licenses, and we are not sure how long all the other bureaucracy will take. We spoke on Skype to Jah from Ride China today and he personally dropped all our paper work off at the border last week. Tonight we have some cold [​IMG]s and a few episodes of Fargo session 3! Thanks to Trevor our media director.
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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    There was howling wind most of the night, but it was fairly calm in the Morning. Mongolian hotel breakfasts are always a challenge. Getting coffee can be impossible and today we had to bring our own Nescafe. The eggs if you are lucky are warm, but the weird hot dogs they serve never are. There is also often a side salad, which is not really a breakfast food. We are slow to get out today since we only had 215 km to go.

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    The wind is a bit gusty, but mostly behind us. The terrain is again desert, but with a few more low hills curves at the end of the day. Goodbye Mongolia!

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  7. TOTim

    TOTim Been here awhile

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    Epic last photo. Can't wait for the next report.
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  8. powderzone

    powderzone Been here awhile Supporter

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    Happy Thanksgiving you guys!
    We're starting to see snow in these parts so living vicariously through you. Keep on keepin' on!
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  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    yes it took quite a few takes to get all of us arms up at the same time and no cars in the way!
  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We are headed out of Tibet now so we will finally get some heat. Lots of highs and some lows to come yet!
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  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We arrived to Zamiin-Uud and about 7 km before the town the road is diverted to a deepish sand road for about a km before it turns back into a 4 lane paved road. The hotel choices in this town are all pretty bad. The town itself is a dump. We finally decided on one “on” the train platform for price and a second floor room. Several placed were floor 5 & 6 and stairs only. Since the GPS did not show a road to the hotel we had a nontraditional access as Dan said…thru the parking lot, across the plaza, (Dan thought he could trick us into following him), down the train platform to the front of the hotel. We then rode down the side of the building to find a parking lot and a maze of sand back streets would lead us out to the main street.

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  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The trains were incredibly noisy and they almost continuously blared their horns. It did stop for a few hours in the middle of the night and so we did get a bit of sleep. All the hotel in this town only have hot water after 8 pm?? We were up and out by 730 for the 3 km ride to the border. We had gone about 5 blocks and found the road blocked with metal gates from all directions and manned by the army.

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    There was a line of jeeps that we had seen last night at least a km long. These are the transport vehicles for all the Mongolian passengers from the UB train. You can not walk or take public transport across the border. You must hire one of these guys to drive you to the Chinese side. Here they load up on supplies and then bring this stuff back.
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  13. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We talked to the guard and they said the gate opened at 8. They initially wanted us to back track thru the town and around to the other road to our right. After some cajoling they finally agreed to let us thru just after 8.

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    Next you show your passport at the gate to the guard for exit to no mans land.

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    Then you ride 2 km to the actual border zone.

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    We passed the first building, which seems to be a new border control hut under construction and then thru the X-ray scanners.

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  14. Learres

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    Love the pictures and the adventures of you guys!
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  15. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks so much!!! China is being more of an adventure then we thought!!! Sara
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From here you ride 300 m and head to the small booth on the left that all the truck drivers are running over to. Here you hand in your slip of paper with the 3 entry custom stamps and show your passport. After this the agent gives you one stamp.

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    Then the Quarantine guard will then walk over to you and he gave us a stamp with out even looking at any of our luggage. Then you pull ahead 100 m to park under the covered customs area. Here an officer took our TVIP paper inside and when he came out he said you can go and walked away. The next guard came up to us and said we needed to go to a second booth just ahead on the left. Here a very nice lady who spoke English said we needed to show the TVIP. She marched out and tracked the other guy down to get the papers. Here she did the cancellation of the TVIP, checked out passport and moto registration. She then stamped the passport with the exit stamps and the last stamp for the paper exit slip. Fastest border in a long time 33 min!

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The last step is to show your passport at the gate to the guard for exit to no mans land.

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    Here you ride 3 km and there is even a stop light part way.

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    We were waved around the car wash of toxic spray and spuge wash pit.

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  18. AdventureDude

    AdventureDude Explore More

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    I have been enjoying your adventures for a while now. I love your adventurous spirit and adaptability! Thanks for the stories!
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    yamalama wet coaster

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    a big + 1 here!
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  20. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Hey Thanks so much. Yes on an adventure like this you have to be flexible. China = be adaptable or go crazy!! SP