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Old 07-03-2013, 02:09 PM   #181
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Was it stolen while you were at Oasis? I'm heading there in a few weeks...
ub is the pickpocket and petty theft capital of the world. Be forewarned.
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:39 PM   #182
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7-4-13

A picture I got at the border of Russia and Mongolia that wasn't confiscated.


Landscape of Mongolia at a pit stop for the bus riders. I think the bus took 13-14 hours to get to Ulanbaatar.



This is the ger I stayed in.Bedding for 6, but I had it to myself. The ger cost $16 a night. Free WiFi with decent speed, tea and toast, full breakfast cost extra. When you get food, drinks, candy, post cards, or beer, you mark it on a card and pay when you check out.








And their cafe.


And the guesthouse, looking from my ger.



It's 2pm and I haven't left the Oasis yet. Igor and Penny left me again today. But there are other travelers here. 3 Canadians from Vancouver Island on KLR's.They are riding across Mongolia tomorrow, going west. They need to leave before their Russian visas run out. They will be close on time. Hope they don't need a crankshaft before exiting Russia.
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Old 07-04-2013, 04:25 AM   #183
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7-4-13 afternoon

This afternoon I walked towards downtown. I went about 1 mile when I saw a line of metal shipping containers. It was about a city block of them. This was the biggest, most organized junk yard I've ever seen.






They had rows of everything. And there were cars and trucks parked everywhere within 1/4 working on parts they just bought.


On my way back, I stopped for a picture of a church. It was one of the few clean things I saw while walking.


And I ate supper at the Oasis. Lasagna and my first beer in Mongolia. Or was that two?
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:23 AM   #184
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Did you ever determine what may have caused the crankshaft to go out?
Beautiful pictures. Keep it coming.
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Old 07-04-2013, 06:14 PM   #185
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Did you ever determine what may have caused the crankshaft to go out?
Beautiful pictures. Keep it coming.
Achesley, see post #115. I think I ran it low on oil.2 years ago I replaced all bearings except bearings on the crankshaft. My counter shaft bearing went out and I needed to replace 1/2 the transmission gears also. It's possible damage my have started then. But I believe I just let the oil get too low.
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Old 07-06-2013, 03:27 AM   #186
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I think I left the Oasis a little before 11am.I rode a bus about 20-25 miles to Nalaikh.My plan was to see the Ghingis Khaan statue and return to Ulanbaatar in the evening. But Dimitri said I should go to the Terelj National Park first. Spend the day and night there. Then go see the statue tomorrow morning, before returning to Ulanbaatar. At Nalaikh I got off the bus and waited 1 1/2 hours for a mini bus that goes 19 miles to the park.A young Mongolian girl starts talking English to me.She's going the same place. She lead me to the right bus area. When the bus got there I tried to follow her in.But I got stuck in a stampede that stopped all movement. It was like festival seating at a Justin Beber concert. I gave up on Mr Nice Guy and bulled my way in.I counted 25 people 4 wide. I was in the back row.Okay on paved road. But the 70 minute ride was 90% potholed dirt. Everybody except me, in the back row was asleep. A great amount of the time the 17 year old next to me was sleeping with his head on my shoulder. His face will have to be bruised worse than my shoulder tomorrow. The back row is constantly bounced off the seat. The last 3-4 miles people started getting off.Breathing room.

There were some interesting rock formations. But there wasn't enough room for me to reach my camera. I'd finally seen enough. I got off the bus in a little settlement. I walked through a small part of it and headed back to the road. I saw a couple with camping gear sitting by the road. They were English speakers from Sweden. They were going back to Nalaikh also. They said the bus was due in about 10 minutes. It was the same bus I just got off of.But it was empty. And I even snapped a couple pictures out the window.



We took seats in the middle. It was almost a comfortable ride going back. They caught a bus to Ulanbaatar. I decided to just get a room for the night.

After checking in, I went to an ATM and got 80, 000 turgits-about $55.Then I bought toilet paper. When I go back to the hotel, the receptionist hands me a toothbrush and some toilet paper. Thanks. Later a walked around some. I walked through a gate to a monastary.
Wish I could have gone inside.







Then I walked around town some. I walked past 4 guys. One, the drunk, wanted to shake my hand. And he didn't want to let go.I finally got it back. Then we repeated. I knew this was leading to drinking. And I've read about a couple bikers in Russia that were killed for refusing to drink. I finally motioned eating, and pointed down the street. Then I had to kind of walk through his blocking body.He followed a while. But I walked at a speed that he would have fallen soon.I did a big circle around the block too not see them again.Then it was straight to my room for the night.

7-6-13
I left my room about 7am.I was looking for a bus to the Genghis Khan statute. No bus going there from here. One woman indicated hitchhiking. That's how it's done around here. I walked 2 miles to be on the right road. Not much traffic at 8am on that dusty dirt road. After 1/2 hour a mini van stopped. 4 middle age guys and a 30 year old driver. Turns out he is the only one not drinking vodka. The 30 minute, $7 ride seemed like 2 hours. They stopped twice before buying more vodka. ? One kept pulling my go-tee.The other wanted to look at my Lonely Planet book. He looked at it like he could read English. I thought if I throw these 2 guys out the window, I'd probably have to walk the rest of the way. We finally got there.





And it really is impressive. 130 feet tall stainless steel. You take an elevator and steps through the tail to an observation deck.







When I left, they had eagles on a wall that you could set on your hand, with gloves. They looked declawed.


After a 20 minute wait hitchhiking back, 2 cars pulled over at the same time. I ran to the first car.Oops. A guy just pulled over to relieve himself. I chuckled and went to the second car. A woman, 2 girls 18-25, a baby, and a 6 year old boy.When hitchhiking, first you agree where you're going. Then you agree on a price. It's usually about 50 cents a kilometer. These people just said no, shaking their hands. About 1/2 way back to Nalehj one girl asked where I wanted to go.I said Nalehj, so I could get a bus to Ulanbaatar. She said I could go with them.That's where they were going. Lucky day.

When I got back to the Oasis, more bikers were here. Michael from Austria, who I have messaged with, just got here and was looking for a companion to cross Mongolia. I said if my bike is done, I'm your man.
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:10 AM   #187
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I set my alarm for 6 am because a taxi was picking me up at 630. As a backup, I asked my wife to Skype me at 615.At 610 her Skype call woke me up. I would have missed my bus back to Ulan Ude.

It was the routine 13 hour bus ride. Three hours at the border for both immigrations and customs.Last night, Andrey sent me a message asking what time my bus returned, so Sasha could pick me up. I messaged back that bus times are too unreliable. I would just take a taxi. When the bus stopped in Ulan Ude, Sasha was sitting there waiting for me.He's too good to me.The bad news-no crankshaft yet. I'm now thinking I might skip Mongolia or start some 1000 mile days when my bike is running again. Sure would hate to miss Mongolia.

I met Motomichael from Austria at the Oasis. We had messaged each other before. He is looking for a companion to cross Mongolia with. I told him that would probably be me if my bike was back together. He will probably go alone now. I'm tired of buses. I want to ride.
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:53 AM   #188
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I feel your pain Doug. I remember being broke down in Venezuela for what seemed like a month It will sure be a nice feeling getting back on the bike when the crank finally get's there. Here's hoping everything comes back together nicely
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Old 07-07-2013, 03:44 PM   #189
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I feel your pain Doug. I remember being broke down in Venezuela for what seemed like a month It will sure be a nice feeling getting back on the bike when the crank finally get's there. Here's hoping everything comes back together nicely
I'm here over 3 weeks now. My license may expire before I leave. I should have shipped my DRZ400 over here and ditched the KLR.I'd probably be in the Netherlands by now.

Hope your bones are grown back together by now.


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Just read a little about Dimitri, who I met in Ulanbaatar. Working his way around the world a non motorized way the last few years. Bike, hike, swim, ski, rowing, and snowshoeing. Quite the adventurer.
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Old 07-08-2013, 08:49 AM   #190
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Hoping everything works out soon

Hey Doogle, we hope everything works out soon. Diann and I went down to our southern winter home to see what 115 degree heat is like. Hot hot hot. Your place is in good shape. Maybe you should trade your bike for the 1948 Russian one.
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Hi Doug sorry about the delay. But look at it this way at lease you have spent some really good time with a nice russian family. I am sure when you leave they will have a differant opinion (good or bad Ha) of what an american is. Is there a chance you can buy a bike there and sell it before you come back to the U.S. Wish I was with you except for the delay. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you. Wayne
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Hi Doug sorry about the delay. But look at it this way at lease you have spent some really good time with a nice russian family. I am sure when you leave they will have a differant opinion (good or bad Ha) of what an american is. Is there a chance you can buy a bike there and sell it before you come back to the U.S. Wish I was with you except for the delay. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you. Wayne
Buying a bike has it's own set of problems. And I really think my crankshaft is almost here.

This family has been too good to me.It will be a great memory for me.But I still want to finish my trip. There is another family in the Netherlands I want to meet.

This is the second trip you should have taken with me.You don't want to travel with me because I always have these minor mechanical problems. Sure glad I have an open calendar.

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Hey Doogle, we hope everything works out soon. Diann and I went down to our southern winter home to see what 115 degree heat is like. Hot hot hot. Your place is in good shape. Maybe you should trade your bike for the 1948 Russian one.
Phil, did you ever want to see what boiling water felt like? Sometimes it's best to just use your imagination. My place is in good shape? Thanks to Walt and Jim for replacing the cap shingles after we left.
I'd like to have that Izh motorcycle. Don't think it could handle Mongolia too well though.
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:23 AM   #193
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Broken down in mongolia

Is anybody in Mongolia near the FLAMING CLIFFS? NyLON2000 is currently broken down and in need of bike repair or a trailer to help get him out. Or just some help in general.
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:05 AM   #194
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Is anybody in Mongolia near the FLAMING CLIFFS? NyLON2000 is currently broken down and in need of bike repair or a trailer to help get him out. Or just some help in general.
I think his best bet is to call the Oasis Guesthouse in Ulanbaatar. Possibly someone there may be going south. Or Sybille may know where a truck may be available. This isn't the best place to post for help. You should start a new thread in this section. And describe what his problem is or what part he needs. There won't be much traffic down there. If he needs a part that is available from Ulanbaatar possibly a tour company might be driving that way. Nadaam is the 11th through the 13th.Don't know if that will help or hinder.
Expected to see him at the Oasis.

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I think his best bet is to call the Oasis Guesthouse in Ulanbaatar. Possibly someone there may be going south. Or Sybille may know where a truck may be available. This isn't the best place to post for help. You should start a new thread in this section. And describe what his problem is or what part he needs. There won't be much traffic down there. If he needs a part that is available from Ulanbaatar possibly a tour company might be driving that way. Nadaam is the 11th through the 13th.Don't know if that will help or hinder.
Expected to see him at the Oasis.

Good luck
Thank you Doogle! Safe travels on your end. He found a yurt...Will call Oasis if he doesn't get a truck soon.
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