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Old 08-21-2009, 03:56 AM   #76
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Riding too fast I hit a cunningly hidden rock which nearly has me off and bursts my front tyre.
So a heavy patch is glued to the inner wall of my tyre, heavy duty tube fitted and 'rat tail' glued into the split.


Note the guy with his horse, comes from nowhere, sits respecfully and watches. We give him biscuits.



The rat tail didn't last long, perhaps I didn't let the glue set for long enough. Either way, it was useless.
Still, this tyres' only got to last until Istanbul!
It didn't!


In the Altay region of Russia the bulge got bigger and the patch wore through the tube causing another puncture, luckily we had a part worn front as a spare which did get me to Istanbul.

You can't get a 19" tube in Mongolia, but I did find an 18" which would have got me there.....I think.


No problem with my rear tyre though
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Old 08-21-2009, 04:13 AM   #77
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Old 08-21-2009, 04:17 AM   #78
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A wonderful tale with delightful pics. I look forward to the next installment gentlemen....

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Old 08-21-2009, 04:46 AM   #79
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We've been riding that short section of main road west from Arvayheer and now we're at Bayanhongor. From here we want to head north to Tsetserleg through the Khangai Nuuru National Park with it's rivers and mountains and who knows what else.

Bayahongor is a large town for Mongolia and from this picture you can see the set up. Family compounds containing their gers and sheds with government buildings to one side. These towns generally have a market place where you can buy anything that's likely to be available in Mongolia outside of Ulaanbaatar and a few food shops....to re stock on Choco Pies



The workmen have to watch out for each other here.


We find a great spot to camp not far from town and get dinner going.


It's a great spot because it's on an island, island = wet feet


In fact, wet everything in Jarvo's case as he discovers slippy rocks!


No problem for Pete


On one trip into town I seemed to get out of shape.


Dennis hated getting his feet wet.


Dennis, the big poof, exchanges sandals for boots once over.



Then the local lads turn up...



Great fun.
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Old 08-21-2009, 05:05 AM   #80
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Loving This. Great attitude. Im in till the end.
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Old 08-21-2009, 05:19 AM   #81
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Loving This. Great attitude. Im in till the end.
Me too!


The following few days will be engraved on my memory until the day I die. Mongolia just got better.
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Old 08-21-2009, 10:56 AM   #82
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Old 08-21-2009, 12:02 PM   #83
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The workmen have to watch out for each other here.
This was funny!!!!
Seen the same so many times here in Spain
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Old 08-21-2009, 12:18 PM   #84
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This next section heads north through a wide valley, climbs high over a pass and back down another valley before opening out onto a wide plain.
After pulling down the tents we set off but the weather was against us which could have caused big problems, Jarvo, Pete and Baz checked into a guest house in the town while Rick, Dennis and I went back to our island and put the tents up again.
Next day was sunny and clear.


We didn't count them but there were somewhere between 15 and 20 river crossings, not all were deep but many caused problems with slippy rocks, big rocks and holes. There's not photos of all the crossings as we were er... fairly preoccupied but hopefully you'll get the feel of this lovely ride.:)



We come across this monastary.


With many nearby shrines.


Between rivers.


This family were trying to get somewhere in their car!


Luckily for them, Rick turns up with his Landy and winches them out.


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The river crossings felt endless, we soon learnt to cross where any other vehicles had been and worn some of the slippy algae off the rocks and not neccesarily at the shallowest point.



Free of the river we climb higher.


Up on the high pastures I'm slightly unsure of the direction to take, there was a choice of two valleys. I'd tried to make some waypoints on the GPS the previous evening, they indicated left but the most worn track went straight ahead.
We'd learnt early on in Mongolia that when in doubt, take the most used track, it'll go somewhere and even if it wasn't where you wanted, well does it matter.


We came across this family who were dismantling their ger, in fact their whole home, to move on elsewhere.
I ask them the direction to take, the answer was vague, confusing matters further so went with gut feeling which is often right one.


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Old 08-21-2009, 12:55 PM   #86
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Old 08-21-2009, 12:58 PM   #87
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Old 08-21-2009, 01:25 PM   #88
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Higher still and we pass a frozen lake.




It's a long way up this high valley.



Oops


Finally we make the shrine which marks the top of the pass and there's a cold wind blowing.



It's custom to circle a shrine twice leaving an offering. Note the bizarre range of offerings left at this one.
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A great ride along the valley back down in some lovely scenery followed with more trees as we dropped down.



We stop awhile waiting for Dennis to catch up and these two guys turn up, one riding a Yak. I love this photo so will post it again.



They're interested in the bikes and where we're from, I'm interested in their horse and yak and where they're from.


It's getting late and we have more river crossings.
Pete drops his bike and it won't start....remember this is a 1200 in a river



The bikes stuck in the rocks and too heavy to push out.
Even more concerning for Rick is that he owns the bike so rushes back to the rescue



Plugs are taken out and the engine spun over etc, it still won't start
Baz, a fellow 1150 owner is giving me 'that look'.



HOORAH it starts


Pete's soaking wet, cold, tired and pissed off so he, Jarvo and Baz decide to press on to the town and try and find a hot shower or at least some warmth....little knowing there were further river crossings ahead ...a few hours later they did find a town which by all accounts didn't match their expectations

Rick, Dennis and I thought we were in the most perfect campspot so decided to stay...... 47 minutes and 7 seconds later (we timed it for the benefit of the other three), tents were up, a roaring fire lit, Rick raided his stores and we were all eating bacon and eggs washed down with a single malt probably about the same time as the others were on their second out of a further five river crossings
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Old 08-21-2009, 02:52 PM   #90
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