Morons in Moron
Trip Start Jun 05, 2011
195Trip End Feb 28, 2013
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Moron (bacteriophage), an extra gene in prophage genomes that do not have a phage function in the lysogenic cycle
Moron (Book of Mormon), a character and a location in the Book of Mormon
Moron (also spelled Murun), is the administrative center of Khovsgol Aimag (province) in northern Mongolia (population 36,000)
Drove west for 225km - Hutag River to Moron City
During a middle-of-the-night potty-run, Michelle discovered the sky lit up by millions of stars. What a sight! It is amazing what clean air, the absence of city lights, and no moon reveals. Michelle judged the night temperature to be around 10C.
Again, we drove through gorgeous lush scenery with patches of yellow, blue and violet wildflowers. Herds of goats, sheep and yaks dotted the hillsides. And always the wonderful gers, spaced miles apart looking like little white round spaceships in the distance. We spotted several huge eagles right next to the "road".
By 10 am, the temperature heated up. We used empty plastic water bottles to prop open the flip windows of the minivan. The breeze kept the temperature bearable. It was a trade-off between keeping the road dust out or letting the cooling winds in. Spirits were still mostly up. Pancho continued to drop ballads on us in Italian, Chinese, Korean, English and Spanish. Pancho and Matt had a long conversation in Chinese. Matt said Pancho's Chinese is much better than his. This guy knows his languages! Pancho is generally cheerful but we have noticed that he did not have treats to share. Everyone else is good about breaking out cookies or candies to share with the crew. But not Pancho. It seems odd because he seems to enjoy everything offered by the others.
Then, Chimgee received THE call from the Khongor office. We could tell by the shocked look on her face that she had just been told she was being replaced. She spoke to Sereg in Mongolian. We knew he did not like what he heard. His driving became more aggressive for the rest of the day. Tears rolled down Chimgee's face. We felt like shit but sure we did what needed to be done. It was an hour later before Chimgee was able to tell us that she had chosen to return to UB and we would be getting a different guide. We all felt bad and knew it couldn't be helped.
The Baigal's have a simple wooden house with 3 guest-gers, a chicken coop, 2 outhouses and a small place to shower, all behind wooden fence, like most residences in town. We all were looking forward to the shower and were a bit disappointed when only 5 open holes in the shower head allowed a mere trickle of water to come through. But....it was warm and we did manage to get a lot cleaner than when we arrived.
We finished the card game we had started the night before. Matt cleaned our clocks! Who said that guy didn't know how to play?