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Old 01-01-2013, 06:46 AM   #2041
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So looks like everyone got a good soaking of rain. Anyones gear kept them 100% dry (minus pants from water crossings)? Did KLIM/gortex stand up?

Great report btw!
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:57 AM   #2042
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But she was a reminder that there are stylish women all over the world, no matter what the geography or economy or culture.

And of course, you guys always find them.
Maybe, but for some reason they aren't attracted to soaking, middle aged smelly overlanders. Bizarre really.
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:05 AM   #2043
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So looks like everyone got a good soaking of rain. Anyones gear kept them 100% dry (minus pants from water crossings)? Did KLIM/gortex stand up?

Great report btw!
I think (guys?) we were all drenched through to our underwear. On the pic with the barmaid my T-shirt is still wet-and that's about 3 hours after we arrived. This is no criticism of the gear-eventually it just soaked down from the neck. The rain was torrential and unceasing, and we were riding through lots of deep standing water as well as the river crossings.
I don't think anything would have kept it out.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:01 AM   #2044
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:01 AM   #2045
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W however had fallen victim to a particularly virulent form of the previously mentioned "Beaver Fever" and was driven to push on towards Irkutsk where Erection Airways were waiting to whisk him to Moscow for some horizontal gymnastics. He had the crazed look of the truly horny.










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Old 01-01-2013, 10:05 AM   #2046
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Mongolia....

Thanks for bringing us along crew! Great stuff
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:55 AM   #2047
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Simply awesome!

Read it from the beginning. What you have shared here not only gives us all inspiration but the information from your experience for this type of travel, even for those of us having been on bikes for over 50 years, is so appreciated. Thanks to all the group for taking a lot of your time to share this and wishing you all more great adventures in 2013.
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:26 PM   #2048
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So can we expect the "beaver fever" "ride report"?
Keep it coming, great read.
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:03 PM   #2049
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it was 4:30 pm when we were all settled into the accommodation Rod mentioned above. I thought I had a pic or two of the place, but apparently not.

Our host shot off at one point and came back with a Dutch couple in a 4wd. They were offered another room in the compound.

I had been looking at the weather, which had by now stopped raining. And consulting my calendar. Starting tomorrow morning, I had just 4 days to get to Irkutsk 3100 km away, to get my flight to see the girlfriend. That includes 2200 km (1400 miles) in Mongolia, about 1500 km (950 miles) of it on earthen vehicle tracks.

I made an on the spot decision to leave the group. Immediately. I had to get to Irkutsk. And it was going to be damn tight to see I did. I had no more than 2.5 days to get to the border at Altanbulag, and I was at Olgiy in the far west of the country, 2200 km away. I quickly repacked my bags, grabbed my damp clothes that had been drying by the fire, and said farewell to Prutser and Beamster who I would not see again on this trip - they had flights booked back to Holland from Irkutsk.

I was hoping to catch up with Rod and Terry in Irkutsk.

To get as much headstart with my ambitious schedule as possible, I decided to leave Olgiy immediately. By 5:30pm I was refuelled and making my way through town. I had about 5 hours hard riding to Ulaangom, via a track I had nicknamed the Khotgor Track a few years ago. I had about 3 - 3.5 hours or so of daylight. I would be riding in the dark for a bit. But a mans gotta do what a mans gotta do.

Leaving Olgiy, the track seemed in good shape:



But there were a few mudslides over the road that were very tricky to negotiate alone. An hour or so out of Olgiy I reached a familiar sight ... a sign in the middle of nowhere that I had stickered up a couple of years previously:



I was on a mission, and powered on making very good time as I passed the lake Achit Nuur, and the 3 yurts at its south eastern tip.



I stopped in at the village of Khotgor and pulled into the general store to grab some chocolates and some nibbles. A petrol 4wd was there too and I asked him if he knew where I could get a few litres of fuel. I probably had enough to make it to Ulaangom, but riding alone and with darkness coming, it would be prudent to have and extra couple of litres. He said the fuel depot in Khotgor was shut, but he would sell me 5 litres for the going rate. Then he posed for a quick pic with his son.



So with a fuel top up and an energy top up, I headed north towards the pass. I was still making good time. The pass was freezing and covered in a thick fog that severely restricted riding speeds. But it was still only around 8pm when I reached one of the two main tracks across Mongolia - known colloquially as The Northern Route. (see below)



My aggressive riding paid off. By the time darkness fell, I was just half an hour from Ulaangom, and on a rare stretch of asphalt road. In Ulaangom, I pulled into a big hotel by the side of the road, and was directed to a garage around the back, where I met two Russian bikers, on Africa Twins, who had arrived 5 minutes before me. It was 9:30pm.

After showering, I met the Russians in the hotel restaurant and we swapped details on road conditions ahead before I went upstairs to sleep. I wanted an early start tomorrow.

So far I had done 300 km since Olgiy in just over 4 hours, including a fuel and food break, by riding like a complete redneck. I was being brutal with the bike, but I HAD to get to Irkutsk and catch my flight.

My Mission to ride solo across Mongolia in 2 and a half days was ... so far so good.
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:01 PM   #2050
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I know 'a mans gotta do what a mans gotta do' but, 2200 klm in 4 days over this terrain for a booty call? She must be one hell of a girl!
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:28 PM   #2051
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Go Walter GO! Man I've done this same thing a couple times too... Love the speedy way your eat'n up Terra Firma! My style indeed...
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:35 PM   #2052
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I know 'a mans gotta do what a mans gotta do' but, 2200 klm in 4 days over this terrain for a booty call? She must be one hell of a girl!
That's only the riding bit - he still has to catch a flight!
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:56 PM   #2053
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Awesome. From a guy who rode his 1986 EZ 600 up Mt si on the closed logging roads, near Seattle. Every pic and all is so cool .Thanks.
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:58 PM   #2054
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Hello Walter,

I recognized our stickers next to yours :)



Sorry we couldn't meet you. I would like to personally thank you for sharing your Ride Reports which inspired me for mongolian tour.
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:56 AM   #2055
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So far I had done 300 km since Olgiy in just over 4 hours, including a fuel and food break, by riding like a complete redneck. I was being brutal with the bike, but I HAD to get to Irkutsk and catch my flight.

My Mission to ride solo across Mongolia in 2 and a half days was ... so far so good.
Speaking of Beaver Fever......
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