August 04, 2009 GMT
Mongolia

Shortly after getting through the border into Mongolia we stopped for lunch and met these guys. They sat and watched us eat lunch with great interest. They were really keen on having their photo taken as well. One of them was riding the first of many bikes we'd come across in Mongolia. They are much more prevalent here than elsewhere since Europe.

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The scenery starts straight away, everywhere starts to look like the Mongolia you've seen in the pictures!
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This is our first view of a lake in Mongolia and we ended up camping with a very similar view.
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Tyre change with a view also. Changing tyres out here you really hope you don't damage something or that the compressor fails!
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We started to see lots of wildlife in Mongolia. Camels are all over the place, as are wild horses. The sheer number of birds of prey has to be seen to be believed. They eat the many squirrel like creatures that live in burrows and scurry off as you ride close.
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Mongolia is really great for the people. Many are very enthusiastic and interested. If you're lucky you get a go on their motorbike!
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Or even their horse. These guys were great and brought us homemade food and vodka to share!
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The sunsets can be spectacular, and they're not the only thing to see at night. On clear nights the lack of light pollution means to stars are very bright.
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These guys rode along with us for a while, and during a lunch stop they got into a bit of traditional mongolian wrestling! It looks exhausting and I wasn't all together upset that they didn't insist that we join in.
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Of course there was the usual bike swap. Helmets are a novelty and usually prompt great amusement when they get tried on.
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This is a good example of what the main road looks like on the northern route through Mongolia. It is OK in the dry but would be extremely difficult to pass on a motorbike if the weather turned wet.
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Our first puncture, caused by a big nail. Amazing that we got this far without one. Especially as the "roads" are full of sharp rocks and potholes.
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The main mode of transport out here is still grass powered.
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It takes a lot more than money to be able to get high octane fuel!
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The scenery keeps on changing and impressing in Mongolia.
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...but eventually you arrive in Ulaan Baatar. At least we did!
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This is the main government building in the main square of UB.
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And a few of the statues also in the square
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We've reached the end of the road for this portion of the trip. Hopefully I'll flesh the story out at a later date. Its OK though, its not all over yet.......

Posted by David Newman at August 04, 2009 06:15 AM GMT
 
 

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