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Day Thirteen – Tarialan, etc

gosh it’s all a bit of a blur, and this shonky erdenet Cafe in Internet is going to close in 40 minutes … what to say, what to say … Tarialan main street. At the top of a gruelling pass … Continue reading

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Day Twelve – Erden Bulgan to yet another lush meadow

Awake in a sea of cold silvery mist, kind of in shock. Drag myself from the tent to take a photo of it, want to set up the time-lapse cam but fall back to sleep. When I wake up again … Continue reading

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Day Eleven – Tiger Mountain

Again with the mist in the morning, an unnatural silver glow and no sign of the meadow we passed out in. The eastern horizon looks like it’s glowing, like the ground is full of scenic uranium. Doxycycline sickness on the … Continue reading

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Day Ten – Chandman Ondor to god-knows-where and god-knows-how-to-pronounce-it

We leave Tsagaan Uur – which is pronounced, um … “sahur eewr”? – stocked up with chocolate bars and instant noodles and emergency meat, and plunge promptly into an impossibly dense forest. he sign on the edge of the forest, … Continue reading

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Day Seven – Naadam

We have missed the first day of the Naadam festival, which included the preliminary rounds of Böhk – where anyone can compete, and seven-year-olds wrestle burly champions. That could’ve been me and Tama, should’ve been me and Tama, and our … Continue reading

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Day Six – Moron to Khatgal

(Or, Doig and Pugs Versus Wild) A few photos from our camp site just out of Moron (the night before). (95kms of crazed cycling goes here) Over-friendly peasant at grocery store – tries to get us to have a few … Continue reading

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Day Five – worst bus ride of my life (continued); Moron doesn’t fail to disappoint

In the morning I nod off and headbutt the Mongol in front of me. He laughs about it, we both laugh about it. Tama ocky straps me to the bus seat, across my chest. I manage to sleep for twenty … Continue reading

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Day Four (cont.) – worst bus ride of my life

We rock up to the Dragon Centre Bus Station nearly two hours before the bus is scheduled to leave, with our patched-up bike boxes and our three disintegrating canvas bags. Doesn’t take too long to find the bus to Xobcron, … Continue reading

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Day Four – UlaanBaltimore to Moron

all right! A quick post, as we’re about to jump a van to the Dragon Centre bus station in west Ulaan Baatar – providing it turns up. We have four tickets for the two us us, an insurance policy against … Continue reading

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Day Two – Somewhere in Mongolia

Waking up bleary but somewhat refreshed, I step into the train corridor and look out the window at – nothing. Nothing much of anything. Patchy grass and scrub in bleached-out greens blends with the sandy yellow and light brown of … Continue reading

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