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Old 01-12-2013, 04:56 AM   #2506
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Day 63

After a really good nights sleep I woke quite early and had a look out of the window. HALLELUJAH! the sun was out and shining weakly on Tsetserleg, with lots of blue heading our way. Apart from one day we'd been wet throughout our time in Mongolia and despite us having enjoyed much of it I think we were all still a little jaded from the horrible ride yesterday and dreading another day of cold and wet.

We all got out gear together and packed up. I think whilst we were packing the bikes P or B noticed that just a few yards away was a good cafe that we could go to and snag breakfast. So we just rolled the bikes those few yards and trooped in.

What a find!! It was run by some Europeans -can't remember the nationality and was full of backpackers etc (getting the authentic Mong experience? Hmm...I think not but I'm not here to criticise anyone's choices..especially when I'm about to partake....)-and they had all the things we'd normally expect on a western menu,.bacon, orange juice, scrambled eggs, right up to main meals. We all filled our boots BIG TIME! I thought T would burst!
These guys were no mugs though, the prices were definitely targeted at the western buyer and maybe 3 times what you'd pay in a Mongolian joint. But for a one-off it was just what the doctor ordered.

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Old 01-12-2013, 05:09 AM   #2507
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That cafe Rod, would be the Fairfield. Attached to the guest house of the same name. It is one probably the only western run accommodation and restaurant in Mongolia outside of UB. A compulsory stop after doing the hard yards for a few days.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:09 AM   #2508
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On the road to UB

We finally left Tsetsereg quite late-about 10.30 but today's ride should be quite easy, weather permitting and the destination was Ulaaan Baatar, the capital of Mongolia. I'd looked at it on Google Earth and zoomed right in...it seemed to be still quite rustic and maybe would hold all the flavour of Mongolia in a concentrated taste? We'd see.
The day was wonderfully warm, although occasionally overcast, and we all just grooved along at maybe 65mph enjoying the easy ride. We were now on the slab and that was the last of the dirt we'd see in Mong.
This was just a sign that interested me so I spun the bike round and nipped back for a snap. The guys were just out of sight.
We were still in BIG country with enormous vistas.
Being on the slab has it's advantages, the road was almost empty and you could just sit there and absorb the beauty.




When you're on the dirt, for a tithead like me it's pretty absorbing......... looking at the surface constantly, reading the line, scanning ahead and you're somewhat externalised. On the slab I find I internalise much more and I spent much of the day ruminating over the many experiences of the past weeks. The bud of an idea began to form.

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Old 01-12-2013, 05:11 AM   #2509
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A) Load of bollocks!! I've stated elsewhere in the thread that none of us (Prutster maybe excepted) is anything other than quite average riders. For sure we all have a lot of offroad miles under our arses but I think we'd all say there's still much to learn-and maybe we'll never learn it. In essence you don;t need it because:

B) IMHO It's not a question of skill...it is DEFINITELY a question of attitude. Stickability being the most important factor in any riders armoury.


You don't need to go to Mong or Kaz, you don't need to spend a million pounds. A friend of mine who'd only ridden light trails bought an old '92 Suzuki " Dakar" (Dakar my arse,) with a kick start, aircooled engine and shockingly budget suspension for a few hundred quid and rode with us through Morocco including fechfech etc. I don't recommend the kickstart as at some point in Affriky your bowels will be in freefall and jumping an a kickstart could have explosive consequences, however, he had a ball.

This is SO accessible, so NO EXCUSES THERE.

C) So: get out there and get some miles under your own arses if you haven't already.


I'll be setting homework next...
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:20 AM   #2510
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That cafe Rod, would be the Fairfield. Attached to the guest house of the same name. It is one probably the only western run accommodation and restaurant in Mongolia outside of UB. A compulsory stop after doing the hard yards for a few days.
Thanks W. I still can't believe we missed the Fairfield and ended up next door, but we were all so wet and weary that the one with the biggest HOTEL sign caught our attention. I'll take the Fifth on it......and blame Terry. Feeling got at T?
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:16 AM   #2511
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Fairfield's

The moment we arrived at the hotel I waited outside while the others checked if they would let us stay for the night.
And when I was standing there I watched all the blond backpacksters (ssst don't tell Beamster) going into the building next to our hotel. It didn't occur to me that Tee Bee was looking for that hotel.

Noticing the "Fairfield" sign the next morning gave us the opportunity for a nice breakfast. No surprises as the menu was in English and even the prices were just like the ones at home



The language barrier in the restaurant we stayed in was kinda fun imo. At least it makes you feel that your traveling through a far far away country......

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Old 01-12-2013, 06:50 AM   #2512
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Assuming those prices are in MNT, they're also pretty much what you'd pay in the us, except the flapjack. .75$ for a doughnut is pretty good!

My coffee doesn't taste as good this morning knowing this RR is on it's way out... Thanks again y'all!!!! I really enjoyed all of the different voices on this one. Oh and Rod.....

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Old 01-12-2013, 07:28 AM   #2513
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[QUOTE=hardwaregrrl;20463442My coffee doesn't taste as good this morning knowing this RR is on it's way out... Thanks again y'all!!!! I really enjoyed all of the different voices on this one. Oh and Rod.....[/QUOTE]

Don't worry, the beauty of the ST isn't shown on the pics anymore but the RR is far from finished.
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Can i just say that all the quoting of all the pics is basically ruining the flow of a fantastic thread? Just saying, like.
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:23 AM   #2515
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Hi Walter - when I think of all the hours you've spent in the saddle to see the world, add all the hours you have used to edit, upload and answer questions, give advice, help and guidance, and provide all them hours along with the many hours we, your fans, have spent behind the computer to accompany you on your trips, I think you should be rewarded and be knighted with an exhaust pipe from an old airhead for the many beautiful and amazing RR's you have uploaded here on advrider .com

Also at big thank you to Rod, Terry, Prutser and Beamster, you have all helped to make this Sibirsky Extreme 2012 Ride to a great RR with fantastic pics
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:49 AM   #2516
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Mmm spares

While these guys were slabbing it into UB, I was having fun in Moscow.

How much fun you ask?

Well take a look at these puppies ....



Yep ... I just scored myself some new wheel bearings, seals, and brake pads !!!
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:58 AM   #2517
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Not sure if that is a good thing or not, being at the age where you have time off to go shopping..
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:21 AM   #2518
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Oh and Rod.....
You'll just need to wait and see if the idea grew.....
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:22 AM   #2519
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Well take a look at these puppies ....



Yep ... I just scored myself some new wheel bearings, seals, and brake pads !!!
Don't laugh...I'm almost at the age where wheel bearings are exciting...

Just almost.
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My coffee doesn't taste as good this morning knowing this RR is on it's way out... Thanks again y'all!!!! I really enjoyed all of the different voices on this one. Oh and Rod.....
Rod, Prutser and Beamster are leaving the report soon ... but Terry, myself and the RR will go on, with a new supporting cast ... we are not quite 2/3 of the way though the whole RR yet
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