Saynshand to Ulaan Baator

Trip Start May 22, 2007
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Trip End Jul 01, 2007


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Thursday, May 31, 2007

This was meant to be a relaxing run of over 400 km on half desert and half tarmac. The early morning clouds soon cleared to leave a day to enjoy huge skies and admire the fanrtastic landscape. Generally the weather has been good every day so far, with temperatures in the mid 30s. Before the first control we had a puncture due to a tube failure and then later on we had a rock hit the brake line over the rear diff and this caused us to lose all rear braking as the brake line had not been protected properly. We had no spare brake line so with some help from a passing mechanic crew we cut the pipe and bent it on itself to seal the line and then drove on with only three brakes working. It was great to arrive at UB after a magical drive across the plains, passing camels, wild horses and the locals galloping past on their horses with lassoo ropes on lances. Many crews did not make dinner as they were either still trying to get their cars mobile, or they were attending to urgent repairs late into the night. We both looked forward to a rest day in UB on their Mother's day holiday
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cathk
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What an amazing trip so far!
Now it's my turn to 'get jealous' from a not so sunny London. All looks amazing so far and the pictures are great. Am looking forward to following your route.

Catherine

rogersherratt
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Drivetime
Well done on the performance so far. The pics are so clear you can see the mechanics grease!! Listening to Steve on Drivetime seems appropriate as I read your very exciting news. Thumbs up for the next section. Roger and Co

louisemg
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Hi & great updates!
Really enjoying keeping up with your progress ~ after a hellish day of work here there's a real joy to be had reading about sheep on motorbikes and passing wild camels! Car looking as lovely as ever tho sorry to hear few hiccups with fuel lines, hope all running well now. Look forward to reading of your further adventures over the coming days. Take care. Bye for now. L

janemac
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Telegraph
Hi Bruv & Nick, Mother has sent for Sunday Telegraph for you. She was thrilled you phoned her. Glad to hear you are still in the rally. Bad news about the puncture and brake pipe. Avoid those potholes....
Steve and Janex

janemac
janemac on

Re: Telegraph
This site sadly duplicated the entry sorry its been a long wet week.....xx

ruthrog
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From Downunder
Hi Richard & Nicola,

Great to hear your news - shall watch your progress avidly. Hope you both manage to get some shut-eye at some stage - maybe tomorrow.

Talk to you soon................Ruth & Rog

jkpound
jkpound on

Six days and counting ....
Hi Richard & Nicola - fantastic blogs. It's great to read your journey so far. Although you have had a few problems, at least you've been able to fix them and get back in the race. Good to hear also that your in the front of the pack. (No. 7 - all's well.) Take care, Jason & Kathy

bartekw
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Moving fast.
Hi Richard and Nicola,

As the others said, it is a highlight of a day here in London, to read a new entry from your blog. I am very glad that you find time to upload new stories and pictures - we are really waiting here for them :)

And I can't believe how fast this line on the map is appearing - it seems like yesterday you were still in London and now you are somewhere in the middle of Asia! Keep moving, I am sure you will get to Europe with great adventures on the way.

Bartek

shacks
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Beware the Hooded Claw !!
Dear Nic + Ric
Great to see you are fighting the elements and breakages and staying in the mix !! Wasn't this supposed to be the easy section ? Sounds like you might need another holiday to get over this one !!
Takes me back to watching 'Whacky Races'!!
Best of luck going forward
D+E x

perry
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Hey folks
Hey, fantastic to follow what's going on.Come across any yurts? They play a mean spike fiddle in those parts and they're pretty nifty on a mouth harp too. Perhaps the most recognisable musical form from those parts is 'Khoomei' or 'Hoomei', a style of vocalization often called throat singing and in a more refined form overtone chanting. Oddly though it's the region further south in Tuva - part of Siberia that has become more famous as a repository of this musical form, despite the fact that the musics of both these countries share near identical expression.
If your familiar with Tibetan style chanting, this is a part of this style of musics family tree.
There you go hey, dare say you've got absolutely no time to check the local musics; nevertheless, keep on keeping on and follow that dream.
Cheers.

council
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Good Show!
Hi R & N,

Just a message of support from Nottinghamshire. The blog is fascinating.

We trust that despite tribulations you are enjoying yourselves (as if we need to ask). We look forward to seeing how you get on with the arduous journey through Cambs and Lincs to reach us a little later in the year.

Take care,

Tim & Pam (& in absentia Nick)

prune
prune on

crackin
Thought I better leave an ape message as everyone else in the whole world has left a comment apart from me! Thought you would like to know that the large ape family are all rooting for you. Please ignore the spelling as apes aren't all that bright. We are missing you nic and ric, look after yourselves. The tent looked very cosey!
Love PRUNE, GRAPE, MANGO, CHUTNEY etc etc etc XXXXXX

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