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Mongolia

 

 

Mongolia

September 2 to 8

It was a quick visit into Mongolia, leaving from Ulan Ude in Russia and heading direct to Ulaanbaatar rather than tackling the more difficult tracks from the west.

Just glorious

 

 

The two-day ride to the capital was through verdant green pastures, with contented animals grazing on the lush grass.

 

 

 

 

Idyllic

 

 

There were yurts,

 

 

 

 

 

 

A shrine in the middle of the countryside

 

 

And Buddhist temples.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horse rectum? No thanks!

 

 

And there was some rather unusual food on the menu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genghis Khan sits outside the Parliament building

 

 

Ulaanbaatar is a mix of the modern and the historic. The main square has been renamed to honour Genghis Khan with statues of him and his loyal servants.

 

 

Brian and Genghis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 60s live on in Beatles Square

 

 

Even Shirl’s favourite band of all time, The Beatles, are immortalised with their own square.

 

 

 

 

Great street signs

 

 

 

It’s just off the main drag – Peace Avenue – opposite the State Government Department Store.

 

 

 

Not as stylish as GUM in Mosco - the State Department Store

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Returning to the glory days before Communism

 

 

 

A monastery on the edge of the city has a large community of monks and has been rebuilt, including the statuary, since the fall of communism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mexikhan - great food and good company

 

Ricardo, Elad and Bryn, the trio we last saw in Barnaul, were in town so we caught up at a terrific restaurant – Mexikhan. They arrived with Mihai, a biker from Romania we met in Dushanbe in Tajikistan.

 

 

Genghis Khan

 

 

We took a ride out of town to the Genghis Khan statue. Its stands 40 metres atop Signal Hill, a spot Genghis used to get messages to his troops.

 

 

 

His loyal deputies still guard him

 

 

Made of stainless steel it shines over the countryside.

 

 

 

 

 

Brian and GK

 

 

 

You can climb into the horse’s head for a different angle and a great view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genghis - up close

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy riders

 

 

It was worth the effort to head down to Mongolia, but now we must hightail it through Siberia to get to Vladivostok before winter sets in.

 

 

 

We’re on the last leg of our journey before heading home.

 

 

 

 

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