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Old 12-16-2013, 03:08 PM   #91
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Really enjoying your report, great pictures! How far did you carry your new "fender ornament"?
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Old 12-16-2013, 11:40 PM   #92
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Great Report..........The Photos are outstanding.........I just love the expressions on the little kids faces sitting on the bikes
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Old 12-17-2013, 05:12 AM   #93
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Great Report..........The Photos are outstanding.........I just love the expressions on the little kids faces sitting on the bikes
Just hang on, there's a better one coming!
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Old 12-17-2013, 06:33 AM   #94
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I think that one day they will build a real road here...



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How far did you carry your new "fender ornament"?
Well actually I first intended to carry it all the way home. But after a few hours I started to notice that the head was damaging the bike so I kept it for two days and then we gave him/her a new last resting place:





We found ONE shop on our way and we needed water, the only thing they had were small bottles so we had to rearrange some things, but we managed to get some supplies:



Tyre wear was also still acceptable, but they needed to last all the way back to Barnaul and for that I was not sure if they would hold. We use Mefo Explorers as I like the tyres, they're not super good in anything but they will do almost everything and they last "forever", a long time. For previous trips we also used them and we always got 12 to 16.000km out of them, you could use them longer if you would not ride too aggressively or not to much offroad.



The rear axle was also starting to 'sweat' so this was something I would closely look after a few times a day.







In the meantime my shoes are also rapidly deteriorating... But it's not exactly shopping paradise there so I had to keep them till I could somewhere replace them.









Notice the truck?





Some more camping. Sorry for the camping pictures, but I just hope that people would camp more and spend less time in (dull) hotels when travelling.



The places are just great and unbeatable for the views and the peaceful atmosphere...This is way better for bathing than any hotel!



An hour later we got some company from two boys on horses that were passing through. We changed 'horses' for a while and everybody was happy!





We arrived at a rather big river crossing and so I had to first walk it to see if we could make it.





I was confident enough that we would make it, but halfway the river the engine stalled and dead. Nothing. Don't know why, as I had plenty of room for the airintake, so I guess it would be more about thermalshock and that this was the reason why the engine stalled. The water is really not deep enough to enter the exhaust or the airintake... The mongol came to help me to push the bike out, that is I was pushing to get over and he was pulling to go back...
In the end we did get the bike back from where I started but just with a dead engine.



So, the option to cross would be like this:



Something I didn't really fancy. There was a track longing the river and according to the tracks in my gps, there was a chance that there would be a bridge in about 70km. A local confirmed this that there should be a bridge further along the track... and so we decided to follow the track and see where it would bring us.



At first when we saw the bridge in the far distance we were relieved, until we figured that there was something wrong with the picture...



Let's have a closer look...





Yep, the last part is missing... So there was no way to cross it!



What to do... what to do?!
(@Laouen, specially for you a cliffhanger... )
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Old 12-17-2013, 09:37 AM   #95
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Notice the truck?


This is just an awesome pic!

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Old 12-17-2013, 10:32 AM   #96
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So, the option to cross would be like this:



Something I didn't really fancy.
I can imagine, what true biker could bear the shame of taking the Bongo Bus across?
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Old 12-17-2013, 01:40 PM   #97
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I can imagine, what true biker could bear the shame of taking the Bongo Bus across?
ROFL, INDEED!!!!

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Old 12-18-2013, 01:54 AM   #98
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Obviously we couldn't cross the bridge, so we had to find another way. Luckily 6 km further there was a brand new one in concrete.













It was time to get the tent up but in the middle of the steppe this wasn't too easy with all the winds. So we rode untill we found some shelter, a place for the sheep. Everything smelled like sh#t for at least a few more days, but if the wind gets too strong we just can't sleep...



We arrived at this river, without knowing it would be this beautifull. Problem was that when looking at the map I thought we would camp at the riverside and have some rest, but there was just no way to camp here and have a swim...





While we are taking pictures of Mongolia, the Mongols are taking pictures of us...

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Old 12-18-2013, 08:16 AM   #99
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was going to use a sports toe protector on my boots ,found this

http://tufftoeboots.com/
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Old 12-18-2013, 02:19 PM   #100
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Old 12-18-2013, 06:28 PM   #101
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was going to use a sports toe protector on my boots ,found this

http://tufftoeboots.com/
Works really well. 3 years on my Redwing boots working in a machine shop. Toes still good. Protects very well.
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Old 12-18-2013, 11:19 PM   #102
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Not sure if it would work on cordura boots with goretex in-liner, but could work. On the other hand, I know my boots wouldn't make it and we had a long discussion before we left if we would take MX boots or regular riding 'soft' boots. I bought new shoes (trekking shoes) only a few weeks later, in Kyrgyzstan...

We also decided that for the next trip (in 6 months ) we would both go with trekking shoes as they are more versatile and at least comfortable for walking/trekking. We just don't fancy taking 3 pairs of shoes on a bike trip...
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Old 12-19-2013, 09:14 AM   #103
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Some more shots from Kiev:





No idea whatsoever, but in the meantime we enjoyed looking at them once more, no?
;-)
Well, Google translate makes it "two for the price of one in Russian" but didn't come up with much in Ukrainian ..... I'm thinking they were posing for some kind of advertising shoot meant to be kind of sexually provocative....
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Old 12-19-2013, 10:30 AM   #104
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Well, Google translate makes it "two for the price of one in Russian" but didn't come up with much in Ukrainian ..... I'm thinking they were posing for some kind of advertising shoot meant to be kind of sexually provocative....
Wait, what makes you think it was mean to be sexually provocative?
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Old 12-19-2013, 10:53 AM   #105
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