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Old 04-15-2013, 12:29 PM   #121
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great trip & report, impressive pics
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:36 PM   #122
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Hola! Great report Eustachius! Quite an adventure! Gorgeous pics and best of all, you are riding one of the best bikes for this kind of trip. The XT660 looks great but the reliabilty of the TA and its smoothness is priceless. Keep it coming!

I considered once the Mitas, which I can get from suppliers in Canada, but I heard that they are hard and kind of slippery on wet pavement. Anyway, thats a matter of choice and likes, and ultimately, it fullfiled its purpose.

I'm stranded on this island, but will get out in the near future. Ride safe!

Question: Is the dollar the currency prefered alond the way for exchange?
Thanks, feels good to see people like this kind of trip.

I agree with you, the Transalp is a most capable bike for this kind of travelling, as long as it doesn't get too rough. Or you simply go slower.

You are right about the Mitas. It's a compromise.

The dollar is the best in all the countries, it's still the most widely accepted foreign currency. Make sure to bring new bills. The euro is fairly well accepted , too.
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:44 PM   #123
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enjoying this report very much, please keep it up
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Old 04-15-2013, 03:13 PM   #124
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I modified my TA with parts from an RD03 Africa Twin. The bigger tank gives you more fuel capacity for long trips. Mine is ready for a long trip across USA to Alaska. Only waiting for my daughters to finish college to get out and ride!

I like your setup for the chain oiler, but the pics are not clear. Can you explain?
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:49 PM   #125
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Only today's pics are showing up. All the older ones, starting at yesterday, are gone and instead show a lovely Photobucket logo.
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Old 04-15-2013, 06:57 PM   #126
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:50 AM   #127
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Why not take the plane to UB and tour Mongolia on one of these Chinese bikes?
It's been done.
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:54 AM   #128
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This was our restaurant,

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and she was serving us a copious meal of noodles and meat

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I finished it all and had plenty of tea with it.

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When we continued it looked like a bad thunderstorm was coming close.

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We decided to put up our tents right at the lake. Riding was impossible with the wind and sand and dust.

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The night wasn't really bad. There was much wind, but hardly any rain. In the morning things looked good.

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On our way to Ulaangom.

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Someone was riding too fast.

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On these tracks we were going fast, too but never lost a wheel.

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I don't want to give any offence, but there were no trees nowhere.

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It was sunny but cold so I even put on my raingear.

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Before Ulaangom there was this river crossing. Fortunately, there was not much water, but I put on my rubber boots to be safe.
I was riding in hiking boots and was carrying rubber boots for rain and water crossings. I had decided against waterproof motorcycle boots because I often find them uncomfortably warm. I think that I would not do this again. Rubber boots keep you dry, but no protection at all(and hardly any with hiking boots) and I always had cold toes even with woollen socks or I was soaked with sweat. And I hated to change those boots , I did quite often on the trip.

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This was an excellent meal in Ulaangom. A policeman had led us to the restaurant. The town looked modern and prosperous.



Leaving Ulaangom we were on asphalt for some kilometers. We were enjoying the smooth ride and the view.

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After Ulaangom we were going east, across an endless plain, it seemed. We could see the Uvs Nuur to our left.

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There had been rain before and it was just drying up. We were lucky.

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Not dry enough yet for some of us.

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We continued, no problem and were looking for a place for camp. It was flat as a pancake so we just stopped when the sun was getting low and put up our tents.

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Getting ready for a new day. I was carrying an old Austrian fuel stove (Phoebus) which is no longer produced. It needs some preheating, but other than that works fine. So cup of tea, instant coffee and some bread and whatever we have to keep us going till we find a 'restaurant'.

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Old 04-16-2013, 11:11 AM   #129
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Yes, I know. There is an excellent report, highly recommended!!! They went down into the desert and had some bad rain there. Great report and photography.
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:09 PM   #130
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Eine absolut grossartige Reise!! Vielen herzlichen Dank das Du sie mit uns teilst. Vielleicht sieht man sich mal in den Bergen. ;)

An absolute awesome journey!! Thank you very much for sharing it with us. Maybe we'll come together someday in the mountains. ;)
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:30 PM   #131
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Thanks for posting that link , great RR
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:12 PM   #132
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As flat as a mirror....
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:31 AM   #133
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Some waypoints along Eustachius route
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Old 04-17-2013, 02:37 AM   #134
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Hi Blackcaps
Thanks for supplying those waypoints. You have been to these places, want to post some pictures or write a few lines? Feel free to do so.
Which trip exactly are you planning for 2013? Which kind of bike? Which route? You want to do it alone?
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:02 AM   #135
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It was getting wet and slippery for a short distance. No fun with my Mitas after almost 15,000 kms.



We stopped for fuel and lunch in Züüngov. It was a dry and sandy place.





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It took some time to refuel the car because the nozzle was too thick. The girls were watching their mum who was running the filling station.

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Restaurant and bank in Züüngov.



There was something in the tea.



We were not the only diners.





They explained to us that the man with the bruise was a very good wrestler.





This was the main track going east towards Baruunturuun. No fun when wet.



We met three Polish bikers in this village. They were on AT, KTM950 and Varadero and were heavily loaded. The guy on the Varadero had crashed and broken his collarbone and a rib or two, I think. He was suffering. We met them again later on in UB. They were covering longer distances per day than we did.









This is the Varadero, quite impressive but too heavy.



I was not of much help. What worried them more than the mechanical problem was that they had already finished their beer.







Met those farmers who wanted to invite us to some vodka.

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