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Old 08-21-2009, 03:53 PM   #91
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This is fantastic stuff, absolutely amazing. Mongolia has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth, thanks for sharing your story and pictures. I am rating this RR a 5 star.
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Old 08-21-2009, 04:12 PM   #92
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Fantastic Tim

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Old 08-21-2009, 07:13 PM   #93
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This is the the best report I've read this year, by far! You've got a gift with both words and the camera.
Thanks for reawakening my dreams of riding in Mongolia.
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Old 08-21-2009, 11:39 PM   #94
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Great report!!!!

Looking forward to see mongolia on our own!!

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Old 08-22-2009, 03:53 AM   #95
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Subscribed!!

This is the the best report I've read this year, by far! You've got a gift with both words and the camera.
Thanks for reawakening my dreams of riding in Mongolia.
Wow, thank you all. That's a fine accolade given present company here.
If my story reawakens dreams then I'll have done my job.
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Old 08-22-2009, 04:28 AM   #96
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Unless you are already doing this for a living, you should be thinking about a career change (on the other hand you are not that young ). Seriously, you could be charging big euros (or big bucks) and lot of us would still pay to read this.
A sincere “thank you” for sharing stuff like that.
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Old 08-22-2009, 05:50 AM   #97
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love it!

awesome report, id wondered what happened to you lot!

must get there soon...........
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Old 08-22-2009, 07:57 AM   #98
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Wow. Stunning.

I agree with some of the other posters; this is documentary material, let alone guided-tour.

And lots of front-page worthy pics.

Truly impressed.
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Old 08-22-2009, 08:22 AM   #99
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Our smugness of quickly being warm, fed and half drunk last night vanished in an instant. I'm sure most of you know the bliss of climbing into your sleeping bag pissed but waking freezing cold with a mouth like vultures crutch.

During the early hours the wind got up, the temperature dropped and it snowed a little so we lay in until the snow was gone.

Collecting some twigs to relite our fire and this character turns up gathers more kindling and lights the fire for us, I guess he thought it was cool to show us tourists how to do it properly. He didn't really seem to be having the success we'd hoped for so half a litre of petrol sorted it, he jumped back to avoid being engulfed in the flames and laughed gently.


Once the fire was lit we exchanged tobacco and made a brew for us all, see from the photo he rolled a few and put a couple behind his ears.


This man's world couldn't have been more different to our own yet we don't need to understand each other's words to hold a conversation. He stayed with us an hour or so, a remarkable meeting.


He returned with a friend later that afternoon and they both stayed a while, when it was time to leave they rode across the river, he stood up on the saddle while his mate laughed, they waved, rode into the mountains and were gone.
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Old 08-22-2009, 08:40 AM   #100
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Old 08-22-2009, 09:20 AM   #101
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It was such a great place we three decided to stay another day.
Unusual for Mongolia there was a lot of dead wood to keep the fire going also dried dung to top it up.

Rick got his fishing rod out and was unsuccessful but did see to lads up to their waists in the freezing water on the ledge of a very deep river spearing fish.
I made a hand line to try and catch something but my hands were so cold I couldn't put the bait on the hook. So back to the fire where our clothes were drying and a very chilled day in both senses.


We sat round the fire while Dennis told his stories.


In the afternoon this big GAZ-54 truck get stuck by the rocks in the river where Pete took his dunking the previous day.


The driver found some thin wire to attatch to his trailer in an attempt to drag it out.
It kept snapping and he'd try again.


Dennis and I stood watching, never feeling more helpless.

The Mongolian's perseverance, determination and ingenuity is to be admired as they go about their daily lives battling the elements without tools or technology.

He did get it out of the river by himself in the end. Of course.


We saw a Russian built 4WD mini bus get stuck in the same river, it sounded like it was only firing on 3 cylinders, then the clutch began to slip as it got wet, water was coming in, passengers looked anxiously out the windows. The driver put it into gear and wound it out with the starter motor and spluttered on.

The guys on horseback, the Kamaz and minibus were the only traffic to pass that day and I had trouble in the same river the following morning.

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Old 08-22-2009, 10:01 AM   #102
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We left that special place to head off down the valley and meet the others still a few hours and river crossings away.


The town is just over the next ridge after riding across this enormous green plain which stretched for miles behind.




Everyone on a horse is eager to show us their skills.


Having met up with the others, who hated the town they'd stayed in , we pressed on west.

I could see from my GPS the route took a big arc around to the right of these hills and to the mountains in the background, which are further away than they look so rode there alone to try and beat them.


Waiting near some huts for the others I had my only unpleasant encounter in Mongolia. Two heavily built guys, out of their heads on vodka trying to grab things off my bike and me as I tried to ride away.

Vodka has a lot to answer for throughout Russia, Mongolia and many parts of central Asia yet we in the west are worried about people smoking a bit of dope.

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Old 08-22-2009, 10:04 AM   #103
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WOW! Thanks for taking the time to entertain us with great pic's & words. Inspire me u have!
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Old 08-22-2009, 10:25 AM   #104
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This thread is incredible. Great pics great stories. Beautiful!
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Old 08-22-2009, 04:47 PM   #105
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The Trans-Siberia railway became our constant companion.

Great ride report ! Congratulations !
The replica above reminds me of my favourite bike documentary - Mondo Enduro ! They also have quite the same opinion on the TransSiberian.
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