Heavy Metal around Mongolia and Central Asia

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by timolgra1, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. emiles

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  2. timolgra1

    timolgra1 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for that link, I'll read it soon:1drink
  3. timolgra1

    timolgra1 Been here awhile

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    Olgii has a diffent feel to it.
    That whole region in the far west known as Bayan-Ölgii is the highest Mongolian aimag, is inhabited predominently by Kazakhs and has a strong Islamic influence.


    The Blue Wolf had no promised showers but did have a great sauna which was in fact the only place to wash and get clean, we loved it and spent 3 nights there sleeping in yurts.

    We visited the market and museum, learnt the region was the birthplace of eagle falconry, that following democratization many returned to their traditional homeland of Kazakhstan in the early 90's, hoping for a better life their hopes dashed they began to return again to Olgii.
    Our museum guide was enthusiastic and we followed his every word, understanding not one of them.


    Breakfast was tradition Kazakh 'sausage', I'm sure the cook sniggered.
    It was sliced horse penis!


    A thick foreskin, large artery running through it's centre and very tough meat.

    Despite the attempts of Russian truck drivers and two unsuccessful years of yoga (if you say you haven't tried, your lying), I can honestly say this was the first time any penis has passed my lips, I do hope it was the last!!:eek1


    Whilst checking my bike I noticed a hairline crack in the rear subframe. 20 minutes later I followed a guy to his yard where it was to be repaired.
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    My bike was fixed:clap

    He smiled at me triumphantly, I just couldn't help myself and burst out laughing.
    When I showed him this photo on my camera he and his sons all laughed too:D

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    Fantastic trip and great ride report. Hope to do a trip like yours someday. Thanks for sharing.
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    When working in China & ordering "Peanuts" in a restaurant ... there was a bit of a ... misunderstanding. :arg
    However, it was not to be - as they had "sold out" ...
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  6. timolgra1

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    The route I'd chosen for Mongolia was influenced greatly after reading a book, called ...'Mongolia. In search of Marco Polo and other Adventurers'... written by an Italian, Silvio Micheli who travelled extensively there in 1960.

    Whilst searching the ruins of Mongolia's ancient captital Karakorum, he met a young man who came from a wild area in the depths of the Altay mountains near a village called Tsengel and agreed to travel back there with him.

    To cut a long story short Micheli met the young man's sister called Sayan who was a beutiful wild woman by all accounts and they fell in love.
    The story takes a new turn now as they travel eventually back to Ulaanbaatar and he has to leave for Italy promising to return.


    I've done as much reserach as I can, finding Micheli died in the late 90's but couldn't find out if he ever did return or whatever became of Sayan.
    So for me, a journey to Tsengel would be something of a pilgrimage.
    It's possibly the wildest area of Mongolia and that's saying something!

    We head into the mountains towards China looking for Tsengel.
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    The riding became more interesting, navigation more tricky.
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    For an unknown reason reason I could feel the excitement rise in me as I felt we were getting close only to have it dashed as we'd taken a wrong turn.
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    A cold wind drew us on.
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    Each pass felt like the top of the world.
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    Finally we were there and the valley revealed itself.
    Tsengel village was away to the right, we rode along the river bank crossed a stream and asked the local people if was ok for us to camp near them.
    Of course it was.

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  8. timolgra1

    timolgra1 Been here awhile

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    We camped here for four nights, enjoying the surroundings, people and their way of life.
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    Several families lived in their yurts nearby.
    In the mornings they brought us milk and yoghurt.
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    We play football with a young boy.
    I go for a walk afterwards, he follows and shows me where to get spring water. I think of my own son.

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    Baz blows his football up.
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    While mother and daughters repair the roof to their yurt.
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    timolgra1 Been here awhile

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    Huge Upland Buzzards circle above as I throw bread for them, they swoop close by, some even catching it above my head.
    Twenty or thirty gather, all majestically jostling for position.
    A collie-like dog sees his chance for some free titbits and dodges the diving talons.


    A pure and magical place as I've ever seen.
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    Rick's been stuck in the Landrover all this time, so it's about time he got on that bike! So he and I went for a ride......towards China.
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    We headed further and further up the valley until the way we wanted to go was blocked by a powerful river.
    On a bit further and there's a bridge!!

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    It could do with the odd repair though, don't you think?
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    Probably not the best place to mess around.
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    Of all the single days that Rick could have chosen to come with me, this was it.

    If you thought the Gobi was a remote place to be on a heavy motorcycle then get your arses up here on one.
    High up in the mountains, away from any settlements just a few miles from the Chinese border in the Mongolian Altay.
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    We return in the evening. What a ride!
    Back to the calm and tranquility of our Tsengel camp.
    Where the people seem to live harmoniously with each other, a place where you can find that inner peace.

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    Tucked in a remote corner of a little known country there is a paradise.
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    Well, at least in our eyes it was paradise but probably not to the cows and yaks who had to cross this river every day just to get a bite to eat.

    Pete swam across in the same place and was swept a long way down river, even the locals thought he was mad!
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    Dried dung and firewood neatly stacked.
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    The three brothers.
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    One poses with his gun.
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    Rick gives us a Rambo pose.
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    I think I'm right in saying that for Rick, Dennis, Pete, Baz and myself it was with a heavy heart we said goodbye to this place and it's wonderful people.

    Despite lots of asking, I never did learn what became of Sayan or if anyone knew of the Italian who visited here nearly 50 years ago.

    My last minature of whisky had to be shared amongst the three brothers, I hope they didn't fight over it:D
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    A stunning report. Huge thanks for sharing. Each new instalment is eagerly awaited.

    Cheers.

    Dickyb
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    More please! :D
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    Great RR, certainly one of those "I wish I was there" reads.
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    Really an adventure!!![​IMG]

    Wonderful pics!

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    Thank you very much!

    Best greatings from Germany
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    Timo, every once in a while, somebody does or says something that makes the world seem smaller, and more beautiful......you sir, have done just that.

    If you plan on going back...please feel free to invite me......:freaky
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    bravnug ESTEBANOS!

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    Timo, what GPS map software did you use for this trip?

    Thanks, Dan
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    jmueller 100 miles is a lap...

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    I didn't even know that I want to go to Mongolia!
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    [​IMG]WOW,Thank you for sharing.