We had breakfast and packed up the bikes ready to leave when a couple of Irish lads arrived. They had just finished the Mongol Rally and were setting down here for the night before heading home after donating their truck (or what was left of it) to a local charity. We mentioned that there is a large Genghis Khan statue to the east of Ulaan Baatar and that we were going to ride over to see it, they asked if we’d wait 10 minutes and we could all go in their car (sorted a nice relaxing drive out we thought!). So an hour and half later we were on the road!.
It took another hour and half to cover the 40km to the monument but was well worth the effort, it’s the largest horse mounted statue in the world. All made of stainless steel, you can go up inside it and walk out on the horses mane which is a long way up!. We spent an hour or so at the statue then headed back to Oasis to get our bikes to head off but by the time we got back we had made arrangements to meet the lads in the Irish pub (Grand Khan) another night in Oasis. A German guy was supposed to be bringing us to see tyres this evening so we waited for him until 9 but he never arrived. Off to the Grand Khan to meet the Irish lads through the heavy traffic across town, by the time we had arrived they had left but not without good reason as 2 days a month in Mongolia you cannot buy alcohol and this was one of those days!. Ended up at Oasis drinking their stock of beers down with some other travellers including 2 aussies that had rode from Amsterdam and were looking at riding the old summer road. They had attempted to ride the northen road across Mongolia but had to turn back shortly after the border with Russia due to heavy flooding of 2 rivers, hope we have better luck in the next few days.