Up early today and out for a quick look around and up to the monastery on the hill, weather was lovely warm and sunny. We decided to head west then take the northern route up towards Ulaangom. About lunchtime we stopped at a row of shops to get some noodles, chocolate, etc and decided to see if we could get a cup of tea 🙂 .
Towards the end of the day my bikes front tyre punctured just as we entered a village/town for some fuel, so out with the slime pump to get it up enough to ride away from the gathering heard of locals. After about 10 more stops to put more air in, Kev had rode on and found a fantastic camping spot just out of the view of the road next to a large river behind some trees. I decided to let Kev change my tyre as he needed the practice 🙂 . To be fair he did a good job and it only took him about 15 mins.
This was the first puncture of the trip and I think it wouldn’t have happened, my front was running the standard tube as when we rode to St Petersburg in June to drop the bikes off to the courier I had the front tyre changed to the Michelin Desert at a KTM shop in Germany. I had given them the 4mm tube to replace the standard but they didn’t do it, somehow what I asked for was lost in the translation.
Distance travelled 331kms Max Altitude 2650mtrs
Total Distance travelled 7074kms