The pilgrims awoke with sand in all directions. They had had to make an impromptu camp in the desert, instead of their planned stop at the river 30 kms ahead. In a particularly deep and soft section, Mr filipz had hesistated and carried to little entry speed. He had lost control in the deep tire […]Read more "Khar Nuur"
Five days had been spent in the sleepy village of Durgun. Filipz had slept most days and recuperating almost completely from his state of dizzyness and disorientation. Toast had tried to make the days pass by visiting the local Buddhist temple, getting a Mongolian haircut (scooter ride to hairdresser + cut for less than 2 […]Read more "Durgun Rehabilitation/Rebuild/Rediscovery Days"
The pilgrims woke up late, as usual missing the 8 o’clock alarm. The rain had been tapping lightly against the tent fabric, and the still soaked boots and gear were from the previous days nightly river crossing were not so inviting: “Easy shallow crossing” Filip had determined by the light of his poorly focused front […]Read more "Knockout Crash in Mongolian Sandstorm"
Mongolia, Mongolia oh sweet Mongolia. The pilgrims find it hard to communicate and relate to what they are experiencing. Neither of them have experienced anything similar before in Europe or during their path of pilgrimage. At brief moments, when they are able to scan of the trail quicker than their front wheels traverse it, they […]Read more "Mongolia, land of Enduro"
Our expectations of this country were quickly shattered. While we did encounter some drunken hillbillies rallying around in a lost little Altai mountain village, everyone including the boarder guards here are very friendly and good humored. Entering the country was done in a record quick 50 minutes! The old days of soviet bureaucracy are apparently […]Read more "Мама Россия, Altai"
Fear, separation, lost in the remote steppes, sweat, breakdown, stuck a day in the desert, friendship, never ending dirt tracks, helpful Kazakhs, punctures, adventure, sweat, stress, boredom on highways, bribe hungry police, 3 week long (and continuing…) stomach illness, starvation, dust, extreme heat, crashes, pain & exhaustion, piston rings, starter freewheel, never ending steppes, camels, […]Read more "Kazakhstan Adventures"
In the morning I wake up in a small hotel Fantazia in Lyoubimets where we also stayed when going in the other direction. The ladies keeping the hotel were very friendly though only Bulgarian speaking, and let us part the motorcycles in the courtyard, and the price level modest to say the least. When bringing […]Read more "Return stop #2: Buzludzha in Bulgaria – a modern communist era ruin "