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Day Twenty-Seven – some remote field, to … MORON!

“This isn’t a sugary drink place -it’s a scabhole” – Pugs I’m awake before sunrise, happy not to be vomiting, excited enough by the gorgeous light to set up the tripod and shoot a few seconds of footage, even though … Continue reading

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Day Twenty-three – UB to Terelj

The morning starts “early” (7am), with breakfast toast that the well-meaning, long-suffering LG Guesthouse girl prepared for us the night before, and left in a plastic bag outside our door. While Tama does some IT work on his iPhone, I … Continue reading

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(rest day)

We met Batbot at the UB markets. He wanted our cellphone number. We give him our number. These are our correspondence: 5.58pm Batbot: How do you do good evening tomatom name bat 6.09pm Batbot: I am glad to meet you … Continue reading

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Day Twenty-One – Bayanchandmani to UlaanBaatar

We make it back to the big city! A nice light breezy 66km jaunt south, our first two proper encounters with Mongolia’s fabled wild dogs (actually:overly pavlov’d dogs) who come fuming onto the highway snapping at my heels, I’m trying … 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 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 Three – UB

A busy, organisey day. Bought some great 1:50 000 scale maps yesterday from Seven Summits, very helpful Scottish lady, feel good on that front now. Took about three, four hours to find rolled oats, but we tracked the fuckers down in this … 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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Day One – Beijing Train Station

Sleepless night – excitement, nerves, mosquitoes. 5.30am alarm: time to get our shit to the train station! Standing out on the main road behind our hostel with our mountain of luggage, which takes three shuttle runs to get it all … Continue reading

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Day Zero – Beijing

Big day racing around Beijing, doing last-minute errands. Finish packing around 11pm. Our stuff: three big cheap stripey bags, one zip already broken, crammed full of our otherwise expensive-looking and numerous panniers and miscellany. We have lots of sensible cycling … Continue reading

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