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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Cycling through Eastern Mongolia

Cycling through Eastern Mongolia

804 kms since Chita, Zabaikalsky Krai, Russia

Yes! We arrived in Mongolia on September 1st 2012 through the border crossing of Solovjovsk/ Erdeenstav.

Prior to that, we had a wonderful experience crossing the Russian buddhist "enclave" Agin Buryat Okrug and now in eastern Mongolia, where we have been able to  already see Mongolian camels, marmots, and above all thousands of Zerens (Mongolian gazelles) flying by!

Aginskoye, Agin-Buryat Okrug, Russia
Sharing a cup of Buryat tea with XXIV Pandito Russian Khambo Lama (Damba badmaevich Ayushev)!

Alkhanay National Park
Agin Buryat Okrug, Russia
My first 279kms of Mongolian sandy, definitely uncrowded, "road" or should I say trail have indeed  been fun although challenging to ride on!

Along the way, I was blessed to meet a few horse/cow/sheep/goat herders who welcomed me into their farms, gers/yurts on several occasions in order to share a meal and/or a night!

Mongol Horse Herder

Mongol Ger/Yurt

I also had along my way an interesting meeting with Chinese nickel miners...

Meeting Nickel Chinese Miners on their breaks...

Gulnara riding in southern Zabaykalsky Krai, Russia
At this stage, however, sadly, Gulnara is not able to ride her bike because she has a Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) sprain

As a result, she regrettably has had to hitch rides along her way with her bike and bags from kind souls (such as Russian gravel truck driver Sergey from Ekaterinburg and German adventurer Carsten Rennecke from Cebra Adventures on his way back from Vladivostok to Germany) in order to be able to continue her journey and meet me at respective points, while I am continuing the route on my bicycle.

We are not quite sure why she has suffered from this injury this year while she was able to ride "pain-free" 2100 kilometers on the infamous "road of bones"/ Kolyma highway from Omsukchan to Yakutsk, and carrying a heavy load last summer!
She definitely hopes to be back on her bicycle as soon as her body allowes!

Injured Gulnara and her bike catching a first ride with Sergey,  Ekateringburg gravel truck driver

Injured Gulnara and her bike catching a second ride with German adventurer  Carsten Rennecke
I plan to write a complete report and post pictures on my Chita-Ulaan Baatar route once I will get there in about 660 kms... 
For the time being, while the weather is nice, I need to push on to be able to meet Gulnara in Ondörkhan, 330 kms away!

Before I go, I would like to mention the latest media related matters:

Finally, as we are departing Choibalsan, we want to thank Tsagaandari Bayarbold and Saraa from Choibalsan, the friendly staff at Chadanguud hotel as well as Kirk and Mendee from Ulaan Bataar for the support they gave us in coordinating logistics during our stay in Choibalsan!

Dimitri and Gulnara

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