Just as dirty but no dust
Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
110Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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Where I stayed
Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace Ulan Bator
Read my review - 5/5 stars
Read my review - 5/5 stars
So a lost day today I'm afraid.We intended to stay in UB anyway in order to recharge our batteries and do a bit of planning-after giving the car a health check.Did most of things as planned until I got underneath for some reason and discovered both front springs broken together with front mounting brackets.I can feel you getting bored.Banged welded,sawed,swore,bolted,belted,swore some more and we ended up having worked all day with no lunch with one set more or less OK and main spring broken on drivers side.Most of it may have been like that for a week.We'll just have to get on with it and pray that we do not have to repeat the off-road exploits of the last week.
I'm writing my footnote before Roger does the main blow by blow account so he will no doubt mention the incident.Suffice to say I don't think he is a complete Christian yet.
So we dragged our weary selves into the hotel in order to re-gather ourselves and think about what we should have been thinking about today.Just as we were going in there he was -Big Red.A 6 foot 2+ inch red faced,red-haired genuine Aussie.All the way from Perth 8 years ago.Yeh - thieving bar stewards these locals-don't trust anyone.He has given us a good steer on the route forward and we are hopeful that the road will be more forgiving.We;ve come so far and we need to finish this instalment of the story.So its a battered and slightly fried correspondent this evening but we're still moving about and heading for Russia.
Keep everything crossed for us.
We know we've been away a long time and very remote.We are trying to get in the frame of mind now that we are on our way home.Keep those prayers coming-apparently there's been a slight drop off according to recent statistics.
As Martin has already said, we spent most of the day under the car. I guess thats the price you pay for driving a car across these roads.
Breakfast was great, its reputed to be the best breakfast in Ulaan Baatar, and there was a wide variey of things to have. Having spent the last 4 days driving through the desert, and I mean desert, I wonder where they get the water melon and other fruits from? We havent seen any livestock except cows, sheep, goats and yaks, so where do the eggs come from? One of life's mysteries I guess. There's also lots of rice on the menu, I thought rice was grown in paddy fields, not deserts?
As I said, spent the day under the car. Gambat from the Hotel has been exceptionally good to us, organised the repair to the tyre, and then took my camera to a repair shop to have it sorted for me. Brought it back, and as I was lying on the ground at the time, I put it on the back shelf of the car, out of reach for anyone. However, when we came to pack up at the end of the day, there it wasnt. I was furious (mainly with myself).
Assumed that with people helping us all around, it would be safe, but then you really never can tell can you. So from a camera that doewsnt work, to a camera that works fine, to no camera at all. Aaaarghhhh!
Well, this isnt an acceptable place to be in, so Gambat took me into town, and I bought a replacement. Not the one I wanted, but the next version up, as they didnt have the exact replacement. So the saga will continue dear readers.Just had dinner, grilled ox tongue which is a local delicacy. Very pleasant meal, and now its tme to bring you up to date with the latest posting, and then off to bed before we proceed back into Russia with our final border crossing of this leg of the journey.
Mileage, nothing to speak of, altitude all the same, max speed nil, under the car all day.
Just discovered that my new camera is programmed in mongolian. Can't understand a word of it. Aaaaarrrrgggghhhh!