Mongolia wasn't going to let me leave easy. The town of Darkhan is about 280k north of Ulaanbaatar. Easy. Set myself up for the border from there. Not so easy as the main road was closed and for the life of me I couldn't see where the detour was. I followed cars west and didn't see any turn off. I went back east 30k still couldn't see where you were supposed to go. I went back west and after a 100k it was either do a big loop or head inland and do a diagonal and meet the road north halfway up. I saw a couple towns and knew there was a road but also knew it was going to be a bit crappy after the last few days of rain. I wasn't entirely wrong. It was pretty muddy in places with some big puddles and slick in other spots. Two close calls. After about 150k of it I ended up back on the road north about 3k short of where the road works finished. It actually worked out pretty well but turned into a 450k day. Not the cake walk I was expecting. Today I woke up to rain at 6am but it stopped around 8 before I left for the border which was about 120k away. Great border crossing. I got waved to the front. Passport quickly stamped no questions. Customs wasn't to bad and the guy spoke a little English which helped because he only had Russian forms and couldn't find the English one I could use for a guide. Quick bag search. Well I had to pull it all out. They really are looking for medications. Wanted to see pill box which I don't have but also first aid kit which is buried at the bottom. Border crossings aren't always my favorite days but this felt almost sentimental as it's my last one here and I only have Indonesia to cross into with my bike the others are just flying into. Hard to believe really. Another 240k of a few showers and stiff headwind and I ended up in Ulan-Ude. Looks like bad weather for the next couple days then a fine spell. Coldest day so far in a long time. It's keeping me on my toes not to mess around much and it's time for a huge push. I've got 6000k to cover in the next few weeks. A long stretch of back to back days. Well that's all from me. Oh and I still have a starting issue. I thought my battery was going bad but I have a new one so suspect my starter motor is on the way out. Had to kickstart a couple times today. Rocking it in gear when pushing the start button helps also. Seems to be mainly when hot. I have a feeling I'm going to get really good at kickstarting the old girl because I don't really have time to wait here for a replacement.