3 weeks around Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

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DanielS
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Re: 3 weeks around Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

Post by DanielS » Tue Aug 11, 2015 8:40 pm

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We left the town after stocking up on water and chocolates, our new staple diet. Paul had also found he had an affection for Fanta grape, it was very popular.

The scenery was spectacular stil.
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It was also roasting hot, I reckon it was 40 Degrees if not more. These horses had the right idea.
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It was so warm in fact that Paul decided he'd have a lie down for a bit.
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On a serious note though, you can see it was starting to get a bit sandier again and it's a pain to ride in for Paul and I. Neither are overly experienced or confident in the sand. I know you're supposed to give it throttle and "If in doubt, flat out" but when you're already a relative amateur and subliminally you know that if you come off in a big way then it could be a potentially serious issue. We'd rather fall off lots at 5mph and be ok rather than once at 40mph and be in a spot of bother.

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Re: 3 weeks around Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

Post by DanielS » Tue Aug 11, 2015 8:58 pm

We rode on for a bit, quite slowly as we were struggling with the sand and confidence. It seemed that every time you got up to a decent speed and were making progress then a massive sandy patch would come into view and you'd panic and slow down again. Like I said, slow and steady, the middle of nowhere is no place to be a hero.

We met some Mongolian lads at the side of the road. They were coming back from an event with their horses and one horse had a lot of medals and the lads had a framed certificate for something. They were extremely proud of this and insisted we got a lot of pictures with them. Once again, the nicest people you could meet.
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They even wanted a photo with me for some strange reason. I didn't have time to sort out my helmet hair, look at the state of me.
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Then they contemplated swapping for Paul's F800GS. I think that the minute he took it off the side stand he realised his little 125 was more appropriate for sandy roads.
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Re: 3 weeks around Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

Post by DanielS » Tue Aug 11, 2015 9:11 pm

While we were having our little party three more people pitched up. Two Germans and a Brit. The Germans were on smaller bikes, an X-Challenge and something else, the Brit (John) was on a fully loaded R1200GS LC. The thing was huge and like the starship enterprise.

The German (I've forgot his name) was explaining how John's mate had got home sick in Bishkek so simply dumped his bike there and flown home and leaving John to fend for himself. John had then come across the Germans who noticed he was pretty damn talented on his R1200GS and wouldn't be a hinderance and they all decided to ride together.

A real nice bunch of people too, I wish them well on their trip.
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No matter what I did, I couldn't get the Mongolian chap to smile for the photo. If the camera was away then he was all smiles, the minute you pointed it his way he was Mr. Serious :) Lovely guy, wife and son.
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Not long after this we decided to call it a day. We'd spent a long time at the lunch stop and again with the other bikers so didn't go too far but it was a brilliant day with fantastic people. We setup camp for the evening and had something to eat before doing a bodge fix to Paul's satnav as the mounts had failed
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The sunset that evening was amazing as it set over the hills in the distance. I had a little play with the camera to try and get some arty shots. They look ok on a computer, this forum software doesn't do the scenery justice. I'll leave you with these just as we did before we called it a day, possibly the best yet!
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Re: 3 weeks around Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

Post by DaleC » Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:15 am

Awesome stuff! Thanks again for taking the time to write it up (thumbs)
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Re: 3 weeks around Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

Post by daveuprite » Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:36 am

Thanks for the write up. I enjoyed reading it and the pics are great.

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Re: 3 weeks around Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

Post by Dutchgit » Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:11 pm

Excellent stuff ! (thumbs)
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Re: 3 weeks around Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

Post by Flintlock » Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:20 pm

Yep, very enjoyable write up and pics

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Re: 3 weeks around Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

Post by KTM Deano » Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:23 pm

Thanks for sharing this Daniel. Just in the process of thinking about my next trip to Eastern Europe.

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Re: 3 weeks around Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

Post by JonnyBravo » Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:26 pm

Tremendous (thumbs)

Its days like those, with random people, you will will remember most fondly for the rest of your days and will always make you smile

Keep the pics coming
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Re: 3 weeks around Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

Post by AndyB » Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:41 pm

Do they still sell cans of vodka the size of a standard coke can? They're a great idea but once you've opened them you've either got to finish them or pour them away which is a criminal waste :)

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