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Old 05-23-2014, 07:19 PM   #121
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Old 05-24-2014, 01:27 PM   #122
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Dang, I was hoping I was going to be the first one to slap a set of Magadan bags onto a Shineray Mustang. I'm going to be in Mongolia renting one of those in August. Knowing how big the bags are makes me realize how small the Mustang is. Being 6'4", it's going to be an interesting trip... I can't wait!

Where did you get the bike from?

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Old 05-27-2014, 01:29 AM   #123
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Dang, I was hoping I was going to be the first one to slap a set of Magadan bags onto a Shineray Mustang. I'm going to be in Mongolia renting one of those in August. Knowing how big the bags are makes me realize how small the Mustang is. Being 6'4", it's going to be an interesting trip... I can't wait!

Where did you get the bike from?

Keep the updates coming!!

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I bought it second hand from Olgii from a British guy who bought it new in UB.

I'm working on the next update.

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Old 05-28-2014, 06:52 AM   #124
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Until the next update (at which I'm working right now), another two Shineray Mustang pictures






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Old 05-28-2014, 07:11 AM   #125
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As I was fighting my way through the bogs of the Mongolian Altai, the mighty Mustang with its easy handling sure looked appealing ;-)

Lots of fun can be had for very little money.
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Old 05-28-2014, 10:01 AM   #126
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^^^ nice footpegs!

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Old 05-28-2014, 07:11 PM   #127
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No! I need more! Now! What a great travellogue. Paul Theroux could not do it better. Really fantastic work, looking forward to the next installments. Could this be the Inmate's Downton Abbey?
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Old 06-03-2014, 07:22 AM   #128
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Kosh Agash - Olgii - Ulaangom

Hi guys, this is your lucky day, I have something for you








Day 19, Thursday, 1 August 2013

How can one hitch-hike from Russia to Mongolia

Gigi wakes up the first. At 7 in the morning he begins working at his clutch. He puts another spacer. It seems the problem is solved. He is happy; he will ride his KTM in Mongolia. Unfortunately his happiness wonít last long, as we will see very soon.

Iím done with packing at 9 oíclock. My host takes me to the bazaar to find buses for Mongolia. He tells me that all day long, there are busses coming and leaving. We find nothing. I come back in one hour; I stay here around 45 minutes this time, but with no success. So I return to the guesthouse decided to try hitch-hiking to Mongolia. My friends take my luggage.




I begin walking the only road leading to Mongolia. After around 40 minutes, there stops a car with a Kazakh family leaving near Astana, going to their relatives in Olgii. Iím lucky; they have a place for me in their car. One of the girls inside is speaking English. We begin to talk, I tell her my story in brief. She wants to see some pictures from my hometown. Unfortunately I have very few pictures in the mobile. She proudly shows me some pictures from Astana.

We reach the border a few minutes before their break lunch (13:00 - 14:00). We take a place in queue and walk around. My friends have just arrived there; they are also in the queue.




At 14:00 they open the border. I go with the Kazakhs. There is no problem. Instead, my friends have some problems because of the bikes papers. The border officers donít understand how Adam could enter Russia in the same time on 4 bikes. At first the border guards tell them that it is impossible to exit Russia. After long talk and phone calls to Moscow they let them go.


Mongol Rally teams



As we enter Mongolia, the asphalt ends



After passing the Mongol side of the border we stop to a Cafe to eat something. The menu of the day is of course something with boiled minced meat, of which I will become sick until the end of our Mongolia trip.

In Mongolia the swastika is not forbidden. It appears also on many jewels found in bazaars.




Our car moves very slowly. When we reach the first serious slope we have to take a break.






We reach Olgii in daylight. The people in the car reunite with their relatives here in Olgii and they are happy. Before saying good-bye I ask how much is the trip. They say 15000 (the driver was referring to their local coin, but I understand 1500 rubles). In their money it would be around 10$. I give them 1500 rubles. The driver keeps 500 rubles (around 16$) and give me back the rest. Iím impressed by their honesty.

Our plan is to meet at Blue Wolf. As I begin to walk I see some motorcycle taxis. I go to one of them; he doesnít want to take me. But I find other guy who takes me on his bike. Blue Wolf is a yurt camping. It is not what I expected. There is only one guy there. I donít stay here and I go to Pamukkale restaurant (it is Turkish and I think is the best restaurant in all Mongolia except, maybe, UB). It is full. I meet with the Czechs. After 9 PM, Bogdan and Andrei arrive. There is no Gigi. His clutch broke once again and heís camping now, 40 km away from Olgii. We go to hotel Bastau. It is highly recommended for bikers because of its back yard. Otherwise it is a regular hotel, and it is not too expensive. If I remember well it is ~13$ / pax.


The route which they came to Olgii is longer, but very beautiful. In the first picture (with the map) you can see one red line and one yellow dotted line. The yellow is the normal route, which is used by everybody.

A few pictures from this route










Day 20, Friday, 2 August 2013

First thing in the morning is to do the day plan. We have two goals: 1. to buy a Chinese bike for me; 2. to find some transportation for Gigi and his broken bike.

We get out from the hotel at 9 oíclock, having in mind to go to Blue Wolf (there is a tourism agency and they speak English). Just across the street I see somebody preparing a bike for sale. We get closer and I meet Ryan, a British who bought his bike as new from UB, with the help of http://www.cheketours.com/. The bike is a Shineray Mustang and it was around 550 Eur. I propose to him that I would buy the bike and pay half of what he paid as new. Then he tells me the price. I knew from this RR First Steppe: Mongolia how much should be that bike. We exchange phone numbers and set up a meeting at noon.




He traveled here with another 2 guys on scooters.




We arrive to BlueWolf and find a girl there who helps us. After a few phone calls they find a driver with a truck, willing to go with Bogdan and Andrei to rescue Gigi.



There are 40 km from Olgii to Gigi. The truck is moving very slow. When they arrive at the camping spot, there is no GigiÖ They go around and search for him about an hour, after that they go back to Olgii. Just less than one hour before they arrived, Gigi moved near a yurt, not far away, but not visible from there. He said it was too hot and he didnít have water. The problem was that there the GSM signal is not everywhere. When Bogdan and Gigi almost arrive back to Olgii, there comes an SMS from Gigi with his new location. Unfortunately, the driver doesnít want to turn back, he says he doesnít have enough fuel.


In the meantime I go to meet Ryan. Long story short: we go to the notary vis-a-vis of the Bastau hotel (you can see it in the next picture, the blue print) where we find an English speaking guy who helps us with the papers. After this we go to the ATM to draw some money.




When my friends come back I find out that they didnít find Gigi and I have to go to search for him because I have my luggage on his bike. In a few seconds I become very mad because it is late and Iím not in the mood to ride alone there.
I take Bogdanís bike. The landscape is indeed very beautiful and the road is sandy from time to time.

View towards Olgii





I arrive to Gigi at 19:30. We chat a little and I move the luggage to Bogdanís bike. At 8 when Iím ready to leave, a kid from the yurt points to my rear tire. I have a flat tire. I donít know if you imagine what I felt at that time. We canít get the tire off the rim. The locals have some metal tool and they help us. After one hour Iím ready to go. I have half an hour until is complete dark. I have to ride very slowly because of the sand and because Iím alone on this big bike. If I fall down I cannot lift it up.

At 10:20 Iím in the hotelís yard and I go to Pamukkale restaurant where my friends and Ryan were waiting for me to have lunch.



Day 21, Saturday, 3 August 2013

In the morning, after breakfast, I begin working on my bike.




Ryan never touched the chain and it is full of rust. I take off the chain guard and with some WD40 it is like new. I clean the oil and air filters and the bike is ďReady to RaceĒ




Bogdan and Andrei go once again to Blue Wolf to find something for Gigi. This time they write a text on a piece of paper and send them to the bazaar, where they find somebody for ~330$ willing to go. The driver talks to the phone with the owner of the yurt where Gigi is and heís going alone after him. They arrive to the border today, but after the working hours. Gigi will spend some ďpleasantĒ time here in the border, until Monday morning.

At noon I receive a phone call from a border officer who tells me that I have to pay some taxes for the bike Iíve just bought. Itís strange, because I know everything is ok. I call Cheke Tours to ask about the bike, they tell me that all the taxes are paid. The officer calls me once again and he says he would come to our hotel to talk.


A little storm



In the afternoon we go to visit the bazaar



Somebody needs some yurt stoves?


Or maybe play some pool


In the downtown there is an event ballroom and a cinema



As usual, we have dinner at Pamukkale.



Day 22, Sunday, 4 August 2013

At 9 oíclock we go to Pamukkale for breakfast but it is closed and opens at 10. We go back to the hotel to eat something in the room because today we go to Ulangoom. I give a phone call to the border officer. He comes to our hotel; after he takes a look to the papers he tells me that everything is ok. Anyway, is good that he came because he tells me that at Suhbaatar border (where weíll exit Mongolia) there could be a possible buyer for my bike (also a border officer).

At 10:30 we leave Olgii for Ulaangom. My Chinese bike is running ok. The suspension is awful (i.e. it doesnít exist) and I cannot ride standing on my feet because of the position. So, I have to ride much slower than my friends.

We ride on the same route as 2010 (I donít have an RR in English from that time yet).










The first try to go to Ulaangom in 2010 failed because we took the wrong side of the river from Olgii (in the next picture).




We arrive to Achit Lake






The landscape is beautiful; far away there are mountains from Tuva.




Shineray Mustang






The road up to Bayramyn pass is much better than in 2010. The LWR team took this road in 2004 and they found it very difficult.










Bogdan and Andrei arrive with some time before me in the pass. They have time to relax. When I arrive, we begin to eat something.

Bayramyn pass, 2560 m





In the distance appear two girls riding horses. I go closer and I give them some photos took by me in 2010 with some locals. They recognize the people in the pictures and they smile.




Going down from Bayramyn pass to Uvs Lake



View towards Uvs Lake; behind the lake there is Tuva Republic





From this lake we begin to go up to another pass, Ulaan Zuuhyn




From Ulaan Zuuhyn there is a nice view to the next pass, Ulaan

Shineray Mustang, with "Magadan Paniers" and KTM helmet





My friends are already there, relaxing
















Between the two passes there is a sign to a yurt camp. We donít pay attention to it. When we arrive to the next pass we see a poster with indications to a folk festival. Now is late, but I think it would have been an interesting experience.




We pass Ulaan pass and we have not too much left to Ulaangom








The last portion of the road to Ulaangom is with asphalt. It is the road coming from Russia. We have to pay a road tax for it.

We go straight to the hotel where we stayed in 2010. There is a new building with a restaurant. Bogdan, with a conversation guide at him tries to order some grill. We receive neither grill, neither minced meat. We receive some pan made meat, very good.




A very interesting painting; please look closely to it, youíll see why.



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Old 06-03-2014, 08:05 AM   #129
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A very interesting painting; please look closely to it, youíll see why.



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Yes I can see.. good painting!
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Old 06-03-2014, 12:33 PM   #130
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This...
is...
just....

PERFECT!



Apologies if this has been asked already, but what sort of corrections, if any, were used on landscape photos?

PS. Apout the painting, I see Lenin... Not sure that's what you meant though! Electric guitar??
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Old 06-03-2014, 01:38 PM   #131
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Old 06-03-2014, 03:05 PM   #132
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This...
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PERFECT!

Apologies if this has been asked already, but what sort of corrections, if any, were used on landscape photos?

PS. Apout the painting, I see Lenin... Not sure that's what you meant though! Electric guitar??
Thank you !

We used basic corrections and a little enhancement in Adobe Lightroom. From time to time I used a polarized filter.

Regarding the painting, I wasn't referring to something special in it, just the fact that it has almost all the important people in history. I'm sorry now that I didn't take that picture with my photo camera instead of my mobile phone. Anyway, I have it in higher resolution if anybody interested.

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Old 06-03-2014, 08:51 PM   #133
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Great pictures and adventure! And very inspiring blog:) Keep it coming.
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Old 06-06-2014, 09:05 AM   #134
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Awesome Ride Report and beautiful pics! Can't wait for the next update!

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