Our first dawn on the steppe......... As we're breaking camp we have our first interaction with a nomad out here. He really interested in all of our gear and wants to know where we're going. I'm not sure what to tell him so just point south. I'm navigating using OSM maps on the GPS and a Mongolian road Atlas. I plot a route to meet the Sibirsky trail to the north west. We are already way off where I had expected to be on day 2 .It looks like we'll have to continue south west , then north, crossing a few rivers and then ride across country to finally get back on track. All goes to plan and we cross the first bridge. On the track we meet some locals in as pickup who tell us another bridge up ahead is down and the river unpassable. We have to go back. We will have to ride further south before trying again. We are coming across more water. Trev's first river crossing . The steppe is stunning..... We follow a fork on the trail that heads in the general direction of the river again. and we meet the rides first obstacle.I know that this really is the last chance to get back on track. We have to cross this river. I decide to wade across to check it out. Its fairly fast flowing and water is soon filling my boots and in mid stream is above my knees. I think its probably doable but after discussion with Trev & Mike we decide not to risk it. It is after all only day 2. We all want to avoid unneccessary disasters at this early stage of the ride. I realise that by making this decision the whole plan for our ride now goes out of the window and has to change by 360 degrees. We'll now ride south west meeting up with the Sibirsky trail at Arvayheer 350 km away. From there I hope we can follow Colebatch's trail clockwise, north west to my goal at the Gate of Time up near the Siberian border.