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Old 04-14-2013, 06:56 AM   #106
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Well Done!

Thanks for sharing a part of the world were some of us will never reach!
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:06 AM   #107
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Out of human interest: What was his name? Which motorcycle? How did he reach Barnaul? How did you meet?
Hi Blackcaps,
that's a lot of human interest. It's Paul and he was on a Honda Dominator 500cc which he rode across Ukraine, Russia and Siberia all the way to Barnaul. He's my brother in law.
If you have any 'human interest' in my second travel companion, don't hesitate to ask.
I hope I answered your questions.
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:09 AM   #108
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very nice pics !
Had a look at trailtosakhalin. Looks great, big trip ahead. Good luck!
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Old 04-14-2013, 01:15 PM   #109
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We were on the Chuysky Trakt, which is a trunk road down to the Mongolian border at Tsagaannuur.Beautiful road. The landscape of the Altay looks very much like the Alps,the houses are a lot different, though. They are small and always made of wood. There is plenty around. Maybe the Alps looked a bit like the Altay before mass tourism.

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I forgot to say that many of the pictures you are going to see from now on were taken by my travel mates. Special thanks to them.

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This was our 'hotel' for the next 3 days. We had not planned any more stops before Mongolia, but the radiator of the Mitsubishi had a leak.

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There was a group of land surveyors who had rented the Gastiniza. They were working for Gazprom and planning a pipeline along the Chuysky Trakt leading into Mongolia. They left early in the morning to get their data which they processed on their laptops in the afternoon. Great people all of them.

We were waiting for a new radiator. Solding didn't work

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Did we drink some vodka with those guys? Oh, yes, we did.

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And we had some time to go for a stroll in the neighbourhood.

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This is the old bridge of the Trakt.

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When the new radiator arrived we mounted it and continued. We had spent three memorable days in fine company.

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We met those bikers (Australia/New Zealand, if I remember correctly) who had crossed Mongolia from east to west. They had some bad weather but liked it.

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It looked like rain, but we stayed dry.

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We are leaving the main road to find a place to camp.

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Perfect place for camp.

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Getting ready for the last leg to the border.

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Many of those around in the area.

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Last stop before leaving Russia. We wanted to buy some foodstuff to carry with us.

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After crossing the Russian border(which was fast) there are about 20 kms of track to the Mongolian border. No more asphalt. Yeah!

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Getting into Mongolia didn't take too long, about one hour. We changed some dollars with one of the young ladies at the customs and were heading for the next restaurant.

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Wasn't so bad, but we paid way too much. And there was a distinctive smell to the place.

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We had to buy insurance right after the border.

Maybe you want to know what happened to Ruedi and Adrian, the Swiss bikers on their GSs. We didn't see them again on this trip; they went on to Ulan Bator and made it safely back home. We met in Austria when they came through.

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That's shortly before we split.

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Old 04-14-2013, 01:58 PM   #110
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Great stuff! Thanks for taking us along.
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Old 04-14-2013, 02:09 PM   #111
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Great Report.

Good to see some Austrians do trips like that.

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Old 04-14-2013, 02:25 PM   #112
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Great ride and pics.

Hope to be able to drive to Mongolia within a 5 year period - thx for bringing some more inspiration to my future trip, even though we haven´t gotten to the "Mongolian part" yet.

Great mc you brought along too - simple and hardworking bike without any failures, what more can you ask for :-)
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Old 04-14-2013, 03:12 PM   #113
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Amazing trip and ride report; riden on the amazingly competent but modest Transalp !

Thanks for sharing your adventure

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Old 04-14-2013, 05:01 PM   #114
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Nice report Eustachius. I look forward to reading about the rest of the ride and seeing some more photos.



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Old 04-15-2013, 04:00 AM   #115
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Originally Posted by trailtosakhalin
very nice pics !
Had a look at trailtosakhalin. Looks great, big trip ahead. Good luck!

@Eustachias thnks first look at yours trip
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:46 AM   #116
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On the first day in Mongolia we went as far as Ölgii, which is about 100 kms from the border. It was a chilly, windy ride over fast tracks, and very different from what we had seen in the Russian Altay. There are not many trees and grass is sparse. Dark clouds were threatening, but we arrived in the Blue Wolf Camp in Ölgii without getting wet.

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This was our ger for 2 nights.

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XT660 Ténéré from GB and KTM 950 or 990 (you know better than me) from Italy.

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We walked into town to get some more local money and food and to have a look at the market.

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Nothing we could use but we got some metres of rope in case we had to tow off one of the vehicles.

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Why not take the plane to UB and tour Mongolia on one of these Chinese bikes?

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After 2 nights in Ölgii we continued on to Khovd. The landscapes were quite spectacular. It's wide open spaces with the mountain range of the Mongolian Altay to the west (3000 to 4000 metres in altitude).

There are many of these places of worship along the roads. There were clouds and it was windy, but it was the start of a beautiful day on the bikes.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:52 AM   #117
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We are going south along the Tolbo Nuur (lake)

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where we meet this group of Kazakh tourists in a Volkswagen Passat. They were having a break, enjoying the view and a cigarette or two.

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We were turning left to Khovd.

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I always take my time and try not to get wet feet when I have to cross water.

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Our picnics in Mongolia were basic, some sausage, cheese, bread and as a special treat - mixed pickles. Snickers, Mars, and Bounty as dessert.

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He liked the hand-rolled fag. Not much conversation was possible when we met Mongolians. We showed our admiration for their horses and they did the same with our bikes and then they would ride on.

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This was in our hotel in Khovd. When we went back from UB to Austria, we noticed how many time-zones we had covered.

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There are many yurts around the main part of town, it's like the suburbs of Khovd and it's mostly people who have moved to the town after they had lost their livestock in an extremely harsh winter.

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German biker who had made it all the way to Mongolia on his Moto-Guzzi California side-car.

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After three nights in Khovd we went up north to Ulaangom. We wanted to go to UB on the northern route.

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Looking back south, Khovd is somewhere behind the mountains.

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Truck carrying fuel. Fuel can be a problem in Mongolia. A few times we could only find 80 octane, we didn't notice any problems with the engines.

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We were getting hungry and looking for a restaurant. It was not here, but close by. This place is called Ölgii, on the Ölgii Nuur, some 60 kms south of Ulaangom.

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Old 04-15-2013, 11:13 AM   #118
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Why not take the plane to UB and tour Mongolia on one of these Chinese bikes?
Body language tells "too small".
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:25 AM   #119
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Hola! Great report Eustachius! Quite an adventure! Gorgeous pics and best of all, you are riding one of the best bikes for this kind of trip. The XT660 looks great but the reliabilty of the TA and its smoothness is priceless. Keep it coming!

I considered once the Mitas, which I can get from suppliers in Canada, but I heard that they are hard and kind of slippery on wet pavement. Anyway, thats a matter of choice and likes, and ultimately, it fullfiled its purpose.

I'm stranded on this island, but will get out in the near future. Ride safe!

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Old 04-15-2013, 12:27 PM   #120
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Body language tells "too small".
Yes, you are right. Or, legs too long.
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