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Touring in Mongolia :: Late August 2018

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Touring in Mongolia :: Late August 2018

I'll be cycling  in Mongolia and wondering if there would be anyone interested in joining ?

Starting  in Ulaanbaatar on the 28th of August and cycling for about 3 weeks returning to UB  .

I'm in my early 40's . Not a pro but in good shape . Not looking to break any records . Open to male or female companion (gotta be open minded/flexible ).

I'd like to cycle anywhere between 50-60 miles a day (flexible), mostly camping and staying in other types of accomodation depending on availability .

Thanks for reading !

 

 

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Saw your ad for Mongolia. I might be interested. Tell me more about you. 

Me: 56yo f in excellant shape. I’m no athlete but I move along pretty good. I ride a 26” Surly Troll with fat tires. I have no interest in cycling main highways. Keep in touch, Robin

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Are you familiar with the terrain, and the (lack of) water and humans out there?   The border road to Urumqi sounds ok https://caravanistan.com/border-crossings/mongolia/  I'd be realistic about your daily distances if you only have 3-4 weeks

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Hi Sage , 

 Would you mind sharing some of your cycling wisdom in Mongolia ?  I feel 4 weeks should be enough to cycle that route . If it isn't I won't shy away from putting my bike on a bus and making it to my final destination on time . That is the only aspect of cycling with a deadline that I do not enjoy .

 

Best Thoughts ,

 

Rami

 

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"Roads" are often many

"Roads" are often many parallel tracks that eventually veer off over the next hill and end up going in a different direction than you may intend.  Even "Main Roads." Except for marked towns, I wouldn't expect to find any place to stay indoors.  Or to buy anything to eat.  I love Mongolia and Mongolians.  THat said, please expect that your bike could be stolen in the night, so tie it to your tent with a hidden cord, and be ready to shout in a menacing voice if you feel your tent shaking in the night.  (happened to me)  It is best to ask to camp next to a ger (yurt) because then you will be protected from theft (except maybe food Hide your food if you don't want to share all of it, or find that your whole kilo of dried apricots has been the cause of your hosts' children's tummy aches the next morning. )Expect that everyone has high-powered Russian binoculars and even when you don't see them, they may see you.  Sometimes they are coming to bring you some yogurt. Or just to see who you are and say hello (Sain Bain-Uu).  Hospitality is ritualized: greetings first, tea second, asking for directions third.  Never straddle a doorway- in or out. Don't point your knife or at anyone while eating or cutting. Don't pee near a spring or stream.

Not sure which tires you will have. I'd say wider, knoblly, low-pressure can be very helpful.  "Buses" wait to depart until full, may not leave until the next day.   I think your north-south route sounds better than east-west.  Traffic out of UB is most unpleasant.  peaceful everywhere else.  

I've spent most of my 7 months/5trips to MGL on horseback.  I did ride from Barnaul in Russia to Hovd in MGL, crossing at Tashanta.   You've piqued my interest in riding to Urumqi.  But my next trip will be return to Central Asia to ride Q'olma Pass.   2019

 

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Sage ,

I also thought the route north-south sounded better but the only problem seems to be taking the bike on a plane in Mongolia .I Imagine it would be possible to put the bike on a bus from ULN ?  I currently ride a Surly LHT with 700x40c schwalbe tyres which are not skinny nor too thick with good off road traction .

What are "must have" items for a Mongolian trip based on your experience ?

 

Rami

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I'll suggest that you read

I'll suggest that you read some journals on crazyguyonabike  to get some up-to-date advice. Things are always changing. I can't imaginie a bus from UB to Ulaangom, and I could imagine that journey would take 2 or more days.  Personally I would use 3" tires or 3.5"    Hitching a ride is safe.  But you should always pay for the ride.  Where are you flying from on your way to MGL?

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I've been reading about cycling in Mongolia but there isn't that much available . Nothing recent .

I'll be flying of SFO .

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https://www.crazyguyonabike

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1mr&page_id=528641&v=9O    This will give you a great idea of what's out there and what it's like.  Depending on what your goals are for your trip, and your experience, grit, and strength, you may want to consider riding in a different part of the country.  Curious where you will go after Urumqi... riding on or flying home.  Also, which country is your passport from...  Chinese visas can be problematic

bikepacking.com  great site for ideas.

 

 

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Thank for the link . I had seen it already . I'd be ending the trip in Urumqi as I need to get back to work :( so will be flying back home to SFO.

I already have a Chinese visa so that should not be a problem .  Will check bickepacking.com .

 

Thanks !

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Also:  Dogs!!  expect one or

Also:  Dogs!!  expect one or more at every ger.  I'd keep rocks handy to throw.

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Hi Rami

We are cycling across Mongolia in June and July from Russia at Tashanta and then to UB. I will update on here or @M2Bbybike (twitter/instagram) and let you know how it goes.

We are 20 days, 1600km  into our trip and almost at Yekaterinburg!

Excellent advice from Sage (Sage just sending you a sperate route section question hope that's okay!) I found crazyguyonabike also really helpful. If you've looked you may have found already the German couple who are planning on cycling East West from Beijing? 

Best of luck in your travels

Paul

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Thanks for your message . I'm following you on Twitter so that will give me some snippets of what you guys are up to .

Great trip !