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Old 06-06-2014, 03:55 PM   #136
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Old 07-19-2014, 01:33 AM   #137
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going to Hovsgol Lake

Hi guys,

it is time for the next update







Day 23, Monday, 5 August 2013

We leave the hotel at 10 in the morning. The first 10 km are with asphalt. The plan is to put asphalt all the way to UB. Considering this “speed” they are working with, I don’t know how many years this would take.

Mongol money


The landscape is dry. Far away on our right there are the mountains which we had planned to pass in our previous trip in 2010; we had in plan to pass them this year also, but we gave up, especially because of the short time left. On our left side there is Uvs Lake, a UNESCO heritage.

Leaving the main road we turn right towards the lake. When the surface is too sandy we leave the bikes and continue on our feet. The lake is like a sea.

On the other side of the lake, there is Tuva Republic.


View towards the mountains




From the Uvs Lake we continue towards Baruunturuun. We think again at the idea of passing the mountains and we turn right towards Malchin. We arrive in this village but some people tell us to go back to the main road. We are not in time so we go back. Maybe the 3rd time we’ll be lucky.

From time to time, Bogdan with Andrei stop to wait for me. Now, its lunch time.




As we go east the landscape becomes nicer.







In Baruunturuun we stop for fueling. It’s almost evening so we go to search for a place to put the tent.




After 20 km from the village we see a yurt and we go to ask the permission to put the tent near it. After we install the tents they invite us inside the yurt and they treat us with some milk-tea, yogurt, and cheese. One of the men inside is dead-drunk lying on the floor.

Something begins moving in my stomach - I think that’s because of the fermented milk - and I don’t sleep very well.




Day 24, Tuesday, 6 August 2013







We pack the tents first. Some curios goats are coming to see what we are doing.







The yurt






We cook some travel food.



Today we change the strategy a little. We decide for some meeting points on the track because the guys are riding twice faster then I do.










There is a stopped car in the middle of the road. Someone raises the hand towards me. I stop and the driver asks me some water.







The road, as seen from his majesty handlebar, Shineray Mustang













I meet Robert Erlic http://www.cro-nomad.com, a guy from Germany, on his way around the world. He’s riding a Honda Transalp.







Eventually I arrive in Tes village. My friends have just finished the lunch.







I go inside to ask for some food. The menu of the day: sheep soup with a lot of fat and pasta with minced meat. Bogdan tried to ask here for some grilled meat, but without success.




We continue. There are some sand dunes.













Shineray Mustang






KTM 990 Adventure



BMW F800GS



Bogdan with Andrei have more time for taking photos
















But I too, stop from time to time







I catch them up

























We meet again



















Tsetserleg village










We stop a little for fuel and to make our evening shopping






Somewhere today the hour changed and we didn’t know.

We stop again to a yurt. This time there is a big and friendly family and we feel very good. After we put the tents we are invited inside and we are treated very well. One of the girls speaks a little English.








I show them where is Romania on the map






Day 25, Wednesday, 7 August 2013

In the morning we begin taking pictures of them and we give them some prints. I also give to the kids some crayons which I took as a gift from Bucharest.

They put a carpet outside the yurt and begin to eat. I go to them and I eat some fresh yogurt and butter.




















We say goodbye and go further, towards Hovsgol Lake.
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Old 07-19-2014, 02:36 AM   #138
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I meet Robert Erlic http://www.cro-nomad.com, a guy from Germany, on his way around the world. He’s riding a Honda Transalp.

Ahh funny. I rode with him from Never Russia to near Khabarovsk. He was carrying a broken plastic piece from his bike. I said "Dude, your bike needs to loose some weight. Just throw that in the trash!" His response was "I might need it later"

Great ride report. Please continue :)
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Old 07-19-2014, 05:03 AM   #139
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Wow! So many of your pictuers are first class front page stuff! Every time I see that you have updated this report I get super excited to see the beautiful places you have been. It's very unfortunate that it appears I may never get to see Russia as our governmemts seem to have screwed things up again at this point. It's no wonder you guys return time and time again to explore as the people seem friendly and the natural beauty is boundless! Kudos my friend!

Hey Noah, glad to see you post up, still on the road I guess? I met you in June in Grande Prairie Alberta back in the summer of 2012 as you were just headed south out of Alaska. ,
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Old 07-19-2014, 08:19 AM   #140
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Amazing photos!! I'll be there in less than 2 weeks. Hope to have weather like that...

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Old 07-19-2014, 08:42 AM   #141
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Old 07-21-2014, 11:21 AM   #142
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Old 07-22-2014, 12:22 AM   #143
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Thanks guys !

Friday I'm off to Tajikistan. So I'm almost sure that the next update here will be when I'm back home.

Our bikes are on their way to Bishkek now. We'll fly there and ride our bikes to Tajikistan for 2 weeks. We have in plan Bartang Valley and Lake Zorkul.

so, until we are back I hope to put some pictures and updates from the road on our fb page: https://www.facebook.com/wildwalk.ro

@live2ridetahoe - have good luck on the road and good weather !


Cheers
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Old 07-22-2014, 12:30 AM   #144
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Thanks guys !

Friday I'm off to Tajikistan. So I'm almost sure that the next update here will be when I'm back home.

Our bikes are on their way to Bishkek now. We'll fly there and ride our bikes to Tajikistan for 2 weeks. We have in plan Bartang Valley and Lake Zorkul.

so, until we are back I hope to put some pictures and updates from the road on our fb page: https://www.facebook.com/wildwalk.ro

@live2ridetahoe - have good luck on the road and good weather !


Cheers
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Wow!
Enjoy Tajikistan!

If you will fly to Bishkek on friday, maybe we'll meet, as I will fly on saturday

My bike is already there...
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Old 07-27-2014, 12:13 AM   #145
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Ahh funny. I rode with him from Never Russia to near Khabarovsk. He was carrying a broken plastic piece from his bike. I said "Dude, your bike needs to loose some weight. Just throw that in the trash!" His response was "I might need it later"

Great ride report. Please continue :)
I was looking at the pic and thinking ... OK, he has 10cm of ground clearance ... before he has even sat on the bike. It much be 5cm with him on it. You want to be taking it easy with that sort of load and clearance
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Old 07-27-2014, 11:25 AM   #146
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Just went back through this report, again.

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Old 08-13-2014, 01:54 AM   #147
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Hi guys,

we're back from Tajikistan. I hope that very soon I end with this topic and begin another one :)

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Old 08-13-2014, 05:07 AM   #148
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Great RR

Very interesting country with awesome building designs Thanks for sharing them and taking the time for a great RR.

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Old 09-05-2014, 01:34 AM   #149
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Ok, it is time to finish this one year old report
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Old 09-05-2014, 01:38 AM   #150
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Hovsgol Lake and towards Russia








Day 25, Wednesday, 7 August 2013

We say goodbye to this Mongolian very kind family and go on. The next meeting point is Moron city, where we’ll have lunch. There are 160 km and many passes up to there.
















From Wikipedia “When travelling, it is custom to stop and circle an ovoo three times in clockwise direction, in order to have a safer journey. Usually, rocks are picked up from the ground and added to the pile. Also, one may leave offerings in the form of sweets, money, milk, or vodka. If one is in a hurry while travelling and does not have time to stop at an ovoo, honking of the horn while passing by the ovoo will suffice”.

As I was there making some pictures a car came and circled the ovoo 3 times, and after this it climbed the hill in the picture above.










Arrived in Moron I stop to check my mobile. I have a sms telling me the restaurant where my friends are awaiting me.

After having lunch we go to put some benzin. I also have to add some motor oil to my Shineray Mustang and to tight the chain. Towards Lake Hovsgol we have 100 km of asphalt.











After another 30 km of good gravel road we arrive at Toilogt yurt camp. They are full but it is better because there was very expensive. In 8 km we find another good looking yurt camp where we stay. Unfortunately we arrive too late and the kitchen is closed. And as today is Wednesday they don’t sell alcohol. We meet here an American guy from Boston; he’s a university professor and a musician (http://www.bradfordgleim.com/).



Day 26, Thursday, 8 August 2013

The day starts well, it is sunny outside. We take some photos around the camp.










And after this we go to Toilogt camp. We eat something at the restaurant and after that we go to a little excursion by boat to the other shore of the lake where there are some reindeers.




Toilogt camp as seen from the boat




On the other shore







I feel sorry for the reindeers. They live well in the high altitude villages in the west of the lake, but some families come here in the summer for the turists.







So we go back to our camp and relax









Day 27, Friday, 9 August 2013

Bogdan and Andrei go to a horse ride. I stay here to relax.




We leave the camp in the afternoon and go to a hotel in Moron. Being very hungry we order more than we can eat.



Day 28, Saturday, 10 August 2013

We leave Moron in the morning. It is raining light, but the roads are very slippery. The way east is being asphalted, but there is still a lot of work. So we have to ride along the way.





We meet each other a few times




The last river we cross in Mongolia




There is almost evening when we finish with the offroad. From now on, there is only asphalt. We have another 70 km to the first town where we can sleep.




We stop in Bulgan. At the central hotel it is full. We find something else close to it, and we have the worst accommodation here in Mongolia.




Day 29, Sunday, 11 August 2013


I leave the first one to take some advance. I go almost with no stop. Around Darkhan there is smoked fish. It is delicious. The next stop for me is Suhbaatar. I stop at a gas station close to the town and I call the border officer from Olgii. He calls some border officer from here and we meet in 20 minuts. I want to sell my bike with 100 Eur, she offers me 100$. Anyway I have no other choice so it’s good. After this I go to a hotel where I wait for the guys. They are a little late because they went to a service to change the front wheel bearing for Andrei’s bike.

Very hungry we go out.




We find a good looking restaurant and, like usual, we order too much food. In the night I have some problems with falling asleep.




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