Heavy Metal around Mongolia and Central Asia

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  1. timolgra1

    timolgra1 Been here awhile

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    Me too!:freaky


    The following few days will be engraved on my memory until the day I die. Mongolia just got better.
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  2. 3Engines

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    Keep coming Timol! Subscribed. :clap
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    ichallein Been here awhile

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    This was funny!!!!
    Seen the same so many times here in Spain
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  4. timolgra1

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    This next section heads north through a wide valley, climbs high over a pass and back down another valley before opening out onto a wide plain.
    After pulling down the tents we set off but the weather was against us which could have caused big problems, Jarvo, Pete and Baz checked into a guest house in the town while Rick, Dennis and I went back to our island and put the tents up again.
    Next day was sunny and clear.


    We didn't count them but there were somewhere between 15 and 20 river crossings, not all were deep but many caused problems with slippy rocks, big rocks and holes. There's not photos of all the crossings as we were er... fairly preoccupied but hopefully you'll get the feel of this lovely ride.:)
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    We come across this monastary.
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    With many nearby shrines.
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    Between rivers.
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    This family were trying to get somewhere in their car!
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    Luckily for them, Rick turns up with his Landy and winches them out.
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  5. timolgra1

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    The river crossings felt endless, we soon learnt to cross where any other vehicles had been and worn some of the slippy algae off the rocks and not neccesarily at the shallowest point.
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    Up on the high pastures I'm slightly unsure of the direction to take, there was a choice of two valleys. I'd tried to make some waypoints on the GPS the previous evening, they indicated left but the most worn track went straight ahead.
    We'd learnt early on in Mongolia that when in doubt, take the most used track, it'll go somewhere and even if it wasn't where you wanted, well does it matter.


    We came across this family who were dismantling their ger, in fact their whole home, to move on elsewhere.
    I ask them the direction to take, the answer was vague, confusing matters further so went with gut feeling which is often right one.

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    Excellent, lovin it
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    Robson Jaborá/SC Brazilian Adventurer...

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    Great RR... :clap
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  8. timolgra1

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    Higher still and we pass a frozen lake.
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    It's a long way up this high valley.
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    Oops:D
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    Finally we make the shrine which marks the top of the pass and there's a cold wind blowing.
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    It's custom to circle a shrine twice leaving an offering. Note the bizarre range of offerings left at this one.
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    A great ride along the valley back down in some lovely scenery followed with more trees as we dropped down.
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    We stop awhile waiting for Dennis to catch up and these two guys turn up, one riding a Yak. I love this photo so will post it again.
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    They're interested in the bikes and where we're from, I'm interested in their horse and yak and where they're from.
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    It's getting late and we have more river crossings.
    Pete drops his bike and it won't start....remember this is a 1200 in a river:eek1

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    The bikes stuck in the rocks and too heavy to push out.
    Even more concerning for Rick is that he owns the bike so rushes back to the rescue:D

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    Plugs are taken out and the engine spun over etc, it still won't start:augie
    Baz, a fellow 1150 owner is giving me 'that look'.:wink:

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    HOORAH it starts:clap
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    Pete's soaking wet, cold, tired and pissed off:D so he, Jarvo and Baz decide to press on to the town and try and find a hot shower or at least some warmth....little knowing there were further river crossings ahead:lol3 ...a few hours later they did find a town which by all accounts didn't match their expectations:cry

    Rick, Dennis and I thought we were in the most perfect campspot so decided to stay...... 47 minutes and 7 seconds later (we timed it for the benefit of the other three), tents were up, a roaring fire lit, Rick raided his stores and we were all eating bacon and eggs washed down with a single malt :1drink probably about the same time as the others were on their second out of a further five river crossings:rofl
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  10. Uzay

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    :super can't wait for the rest of the report:thumb
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  11. killurtv

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    This is fantastic stuff, absolutely amazing. Mongolia has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth, thanks for sharing your story and pictures. I am rating this RR a 5 star:freaky.
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    Fantastic Tim :wings

    More please :nod
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    This is the the best report I've read this year, by far! You've got a gift with both words and the camera.:clap
    Thanks for reawakening my dreams of riding in Mongolia.
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    Great report!!!!

    Looking forward to see mongolia on our own!!

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    timolgra1 Been here awhile

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    Wow, thank you all. That's a fine accolade given present company here.
    If my story reawakens dreams then I'll have done my job.
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    advtrav you're fired

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    Unless you are already doing this for a living, you should be thinking about a career change (on the other hand you are not that young :lol3). Seriously, you could be charging big euros (or big bucks) and lot of us would still pay to read this.
    A sincere “thank you” for sharing stuff like that.
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    awesome report, id wondered what happened to you lot!

    must get there soon...........
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    RaY YreKa AA Zoom Baby

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    Wow. Stunning.

    I agree with some of the other posters; this is documentary material, let alone guided-tour.

    And lots of front-page worthy pics.

    Truly impressed.
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    Our smugness of quickly being warm, fed and half drunk last night vanished in an instant. I'm sure most of you know the bliss of climbing into your sleeping bag pissed but waking freezing cold with a mouth like vultures crutch.

    During the early hours the wind got up, the temperature dropped and it snowed a little so we lay in until the snow was gone.

    Collecting some twigs to relite our fire and this character turns up gathers more kindling and lights the fire for us, I guess he thought it was cool to show us tourists how to do it properly. He didn't really seem to be having the success we'd hoped for so half a litre of petrol sorted it, he jumped back to avoid being engulfed in the flames and laughed gently.
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    Once the fire was lit we exchanged tobacco and made a brew for us all, see from the photo he rolled a few and put a couple behind his ears.
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    This man's world couldn't have been more different to our own yet we don't need to understand each other's words to hold a conversation. He stayed with us an hour or so, a remarkable meeting.
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    He returned with a friend later that afternoon and they both stayed a while, when it was time to leave they rode across the river, he stood up on the saddle while his mate laughed, they waved, rode into the mountains and were gone.
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    timolgra1 Been here awhile

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    .....but not forgotten.