Made in China

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It is Sept 10 and we have 4 days to be at the Chinese border. There are 2 choices 522 km on a track north east to the nearest pavement at Shainsand which will be sandy and washboard when not and still 215 km from the border.… Read the rest

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Going to the Gobi…Desert that is.

Heading South Mongolia

We are headed south to the Gobi Desert and the road is now paved the 611 km to Dalanzadgad. Leaving UB we again did not go thru the city, but headed east and then south again to the cut off road to Zuunmod.… Read the rest

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Dadal: birthplace of the boy who would be Khan.

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The guys are headed to Dadal (Bayan-Ovoo), the birthplace of the great Ghengis Khan.  It will make a  255 km loop.

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Into the land of Temujin, the boy who would be the Great Khan. (Daniel Pedersen)

As with most places we visit I know almost nothing. … Read the rest

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Headed to Chinggis in search of the Great Khan

Mongolia Chiggis Khan Monument

We are finally going to leave Ulan Ude. The forecast is for no rain today, but it was still only 6 degrees when we set out for the 230 km to the border. The plan is to get there and depending on the weather and the time for the border we will with stay at the border town of Altanbulag where there is 1 hotel or go 120 km to Darkhan where there are lots of hotels.… Read the rest

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A little side trip to Lake Baikal, Russian Federation

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Today’s plan is to get close to the Russian border, which is 354 km north and then do the border and the ride to Ulan Ude the next day. We have agreed if the forecast is wrong and it is still rainy we will say goodbye to Wolfgang and stay here to wait out the weather.… Read the rest

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All roads lead to?… Ulanbaatar!

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Today we finally will make it to the Capital Ulaanbatar. We went about 70 km before we had to get the rain suits on and it continued to pour for the next 4 hours. I was still suffering a bit from the food poisoning (had to stop to vomit several times) and so this was a pretty dreadful day all round.… Read the rest

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Mongolia Part 5: Now for something completely different

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The night was again noisy with some domestic issues of the hotel staff and an actual cat fight at 1 am. Because of the “the staff was not in “ for breakfast and we went back to the lunch spot from yesterday.… Read the rest

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Mongolia Part 4: Not for the Weak of Mind, Body, or Spirit

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Today’s optimistic plan is to get 97 km to Songrino and then try to get to Tosontsengel village in another 87 km.

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We cooked up some instant oatmeal and coffee and hit the road at 9. It was 5 km back to the end of the paved road where we aired down the tires.… Read the rest

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Mongolia Part 3: Breakdowns and silver linings

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It was raining all night and still pretty hard at 8 am. By the time we rolled out at 10 it was down to a drizzle.

The plan for the day was to try to get past Songrino to camp by a lake near there.… Read the rest

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Mongolia Part 2: Time for Some Real Adventure

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We have 220 km from Ulgii to Khvod  and the first 45 are paved.

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The rest are under construction. The first 100 are pretty good with little sand or loose gravel. There are long sections with hard packed dirt. When its sandy we go for the grass.… Read the rest

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