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..Poland to Mongolia and back on XT600

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by yeuop, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. yeuop

    yeuop Been here awhile

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    ALREADY SOME PEOPLE TOLD ME THEY CANNOT SEE FULL PICTURES.
    Please send me a PM if you also can't see full pictures.
    If I get at least 1 or 2 PMs I will have to do something because it's useless :(

    I use imageshack.us, maybe it's time to find something different?
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  2. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    No problem here with seeing your beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing your trip and pictures with us. I had an XT500 in '78. One of the most fun bikes I've ever had.
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  3. TEXASYETI

    TEXASYETI Call me "thread killer!"

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    Great report and thanks for sharing it. Safe travels!
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  4. chp-sk8

    chp-sk8 n00b

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    Dam brother thats how you JUST DO IT. No 25k bike, 5k kit, 10k mouth....I like your style. :super
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  5. yeuop

    yeuop Been here awhile

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    Day 19

    Ok, so it's time to leave Irkutsk and go to Ulan Ude. It means that if nothing goes wrong - tomorrow I will enter Mongolia, weeeeeeeeeeeee :clap
    Before I left we had a photo-session with Olga - hostel administrator. She said my bike was beautiful! :wink:
    So here is Olga. I nearly fell in love. :eek1
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    And this is me.
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    Pretty soon it started raining and it was pretty cold. It is important to assure yourself that everything is good.
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    Pity it's raining. Road itself is very nice to ride.
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  6. yeuop

    yeuop Been here awhile

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    After some kilometres I finally reach the Baikal lake.
    It really impressed me. Here are some pics of it.
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  7. yeuop

    yeuop Been here awhile

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    Now few words about food. Almost every single day I ordered the same food. It tasted unbelievably good!! Remember: "borschtsch, katlyeta s kartoshkamee, khlyeb, pameedoree ee goortze" :lol3 I learned that phrase so maybe I even looked like a local?
    Anyway, trust me it tastes fantastic!! Not even mentioning when it's cold outside.
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    Landscapes suddenly change pretty much after passing Baikal. Plus sometimes you get cool clouds.
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    Distance: 492km
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  8. ennui acedia

    ennui acedia Adventurer

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    :clapExcellent posting, you are proving " when there's a will-there's a way"
    What does the phrase mean
    "borschtsch, katlyeta s kartoshkamee, khlyeb, pameedoree ee goortze",
    hopefully its a California Burrito ala Mongolian style.
    What is your secret exercises, is it "klapsy swoim małpa" hahaha, just sulphur. Is it difficult posting during your travels ?
    Thanks for your great sense of humor and travels, take care, thanks:clap
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  9. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer Supporter

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    The borscht looks very good. What a great ride.
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  10. Flood

    Flood F5lood.

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    Excellent ride and great pictures! Thanks for sharing!
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  11. yeuop

    yeuop Been here awhile

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    borschtsch - it's that lovely soup
    katleyta s kartoshkamee - it's cutlet with potatoes
    khlyeb - bread
    pameedoree ee goortze - tomatoes and cucumbers

    When I once did my exercises and one guy saw me, he asked: "Are you practicing kamasutra?"
    :huh
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  12. yeuop

    yeuop Been here awhile

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    Day 20

    At night it was so cold that it woke me up. Damn. :huh It never happenned to me before. Anyway, so now I've got around 200km to Mongolian border. It was pretty nice with not always the best road. Going to Kyakhta - last city in Russia. Border was a nice surprise it took only about 1 hour 20 minutes on russian side and about 1 hour on mongolian side.
    So we are in Mongolia, weeeeeeeeee :clap
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    Honestly, first kilometres in Mongolia suck. Industry area and stuff. Bleagh. So let's get fast to Ulaan Baatar.
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    Met two guys form UK on their trip around the world!!
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    And some landscapes..
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    I don't have local currency (tugrik) but in one shop they allowed me to pay in rubels. What first caught my eye was that SO MANY people were buying vodka. :huh Young ones, old ones, men, women.. everyone.. depressing.

    I rode a bit at night so that tomorrow I could be in Ulaan Baatar as fast as possible. There were some dogs in the area where I built my tent. Suddenly two of them started running at me. Fock!! But they just wanted to have fun and get something to eat.

    Distance: 348km

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  13. yeuop

    yeuop Been here awhile

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    Day 21
    Plan is simple: get to Ulaan Baatar, find cheap accomodation and safe place for my bike and spend there some days.
    I took gas in Kyakhta (Russia), don't have tugriks and at gas station they do not want to accept rubels. Sulfur. So I keep going to Ulaan Baatar and simply hope I will have enough gas to do that.
    Short meeting with a local biker.
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    Weeeeee, I made it to UB! I ran out of fuel in UB suburbs, when I was right next to a gas station.
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    Someone exchanged me 10USD, so I could take gas. Went into centre of the city, exchanged some USD in bank, found a cheap hostel, put my bike in hopefully safe place and was ready to spend here some days. I hope I will survive it somehow because if I spend more than 1 night at the same place I became pretty nervous :lol3
    I also met again guys from Spain I met some days ago. Unfortunatelly they had a problem with KTM.

    Distance: 199km

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  14. HornyDac

    HornyDac Been here awhile

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    Keep going my friend...I heard Mongolia is a good country to visit...Your RR is simply good!Ride safe!
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  15. lukeman

    lukeman Cool Hand

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    This is hilarious, I love it. MC Hammer camouflage parachute riding pants. :rofl

    Cheers.
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  16. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    Glad to see that biker good will is alive and well in other parts of the world:clap
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  17. Reverse

    Reverse Armchair Tough

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    Awesome ride report!

    Expanded my vocabulary as well: I find myself saying 'sulfur!' all the time :lol3
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  18. yeuop

    yeuop Been here awhile

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    Days 22-25

    I have never spent so many days in one city and will never do that again.
    Even if there was absolutely nothing to do I still wanted to stay there and just relax a bit after these boring 8600km. So here are some pics of Ulaan Baatar.

    This is a place where I slept. Its name reflects pretty well my style of travelling, doesn't it? :lol3
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    State Departament Store.
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    WTF?! :huh
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  19. yeuop

    yeuop Been here awhile

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    Town square (Sukhbaatar):
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  20. yeuop

    yeuop Been here awhile

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    I met again guys from Spain. KTM is repaired :clap
    The Tenere is overloaded, so they gave me canister with some gas as they will not need it anymore. Cool.
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    I went to Museum of Nature which was really cool. Even if it wasn't it costed less than 2 USD :lol3 But there was one particular thing that really caught my eye. Can anyone explain to me please what is a wild ass?:eek1
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    No matter how good it looks maybe I shouldn't have bought such yummy breakfast as I have diarrhoea since the very first day I entered Mongolia..? :lol3
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