Mongolia

It’s all downhill to the Gobi!

It’s all downhill to the Gobi!

With three days rest and make shift repairs done on the back wheel it was time to put those broken spokes to the test and cycle over the top of the Arkhangai mountains to the Gobi some 400 km away.
After 40km two young herders on horseback rode alongside me to the town of Bulgan.  We [...]


Arkanghai on You Tube

Arkanghai on You Tube

Limping in to Tstetserleg, literally

Limping in to Tstetserleg, literally

Tsetserleg is a nice town, tree lined avenues, a cool bakery and guest house run by an English couple is the main tourist hub.  I met lots of great people here andwe exchanged information on road conditions and events happening over Nadaam.  Nadaam is a sporting festival, a time for families and friends to catch [...]


Kharkorin to Tsetserleg

Kharkorin to Tsetserleg

I set off into the rain and cold to a town called Hotont, a very small one shop town about 35km from Kharkorin, the ancient capital of Mongolia.
I took the customary photo of the Erd Zuu Khiid monastary and got off to a flying start.  About 5 km in, the tracks split into several directions [...]


You! Need Soap!

You! Need Soap!

Yeah so I had been without a shower for a 5 days so maybe the cook in the road side Ger had a point but even so, I thought it was alittle ‘direct’.
I managed to scrounge a lift from the northern Gobi area of the Bayonhongor and was feeling pretty good after a nighmare cold. [...]


Ullaanbaatar

Ullaanbaatar

ULN is a cool city once I got used to it.  The people are super friendly but no-one really speaks English except it would seem for the local lawn mower shop.
I thought it was a camping shop and one of the workers spoke in brilliant English and explained that I was in the wrong part of town(in all ways, wrong [...]


Arrived in Mongolia

Arrived in Mongolia

After a very long flight to Beijing and arriving in at 4am from Sydney!  Had to hang about for a day to get a connecting flight to Ullanbataar at 5pm next day.
At last I arrived in Mongolia last night and it’s really hot!  It’s 21:42 and still light outside (ahh, the northern hemisphere!),  I’ve had [...]


Rack Arrived!

Rack Arrived!

A mahoosive box turned up at work today with my new rear rack in it, which was nice.  Neat welds, chunky gussets, a fine skewer – what more could you want from a rack?


Mongolia Visa Approved

Mongolia Visa Approved

Got it, now my passport is with the Chinese Embassy.


Old Man Mountain Rack ordered..

Old Man Mountain Rack ordered..

Hope it gets here in time!  I ordered the Cold Springs which can be configured for full suspension or hardtail bikes.  The front rack also fits on suspension forks.


Bought a map reading guide

Bought a map reading guide

Yeah yeah I know – I should know how to read a map by now.  Anyone who has ever travelled with me will know I am hopeless with a map and tend to rely on local people and smiling a lot to get me thru.  Figured there’ll likely be no bugger in Mongolia to smile [...]


Mongolia visa getting approved

Mongolia visa getting approved

My passport is now with the Mongolian Consulate, should be able to pick up tomorrow afternoon and run round to the Chinese embassy to get my double entry visa for Beijing.  I think I have another rabies jab this week, or is it next week???


Aktiv8 discounts

Aktiv8 discounts

Stocked up on 3 additional dry bags, mozzie repellent and Brad at Aktiv8 sorted me out with a free bunch of spare parts for my Ortlieb racks.  The new website should be up soon, aktivateoutdoors.com.au


Hungover Itineraries

Hungover Itineraries

Rough idea of itinerary.

Ulaanbaatar

Arrive Ulaanbaatar, arrange a car/horse and cart to take me and smurf the 350km to ancient capital of Kharkhorin (Karakoram) in the Ovorkhanghai province. Karakoram was an ancient palace and capital city of the Mongol Empire in the 13th century.
Ghengis Khan settled in this region sometime around 1220 and made it [...]


Rabies Jab no.1

Rabies Jab no.1

I heard I may get puffy eyes after my first rabies jab so I was a bit dissapointed to find that apart from a sore left arm for a couple of hours I got bugger all side affects. May be speaking a little too soon, I still have 2 more to go, one next [...]


Mongolia – booked!

Mongolia – booked!

So after a couple of weeks of pansying around whether I should do another trip this year or finally get my act together and grow up, I decided on Mongolia. Something a little bit different.
I’ve had a couple of different ideas on itineraries but they all sound far too dangerous and deathly to be [...]