We finally left Oasis with a crowd of fellow travellers waving us off and wishing us well, back across the city again in crazy traffic coming from all directions which was actually good fun. On the way we bumped into the couple on the fully loaded GS1200 who stayed at Oasis for 10 days waiting for a replacment rear shock, for such a bit bike he was quite nimble through the traffic. Heading out of Ulaan Baatar west was a lovely new tarmac road for the first 400km, then it turned to gravel, mud, corrugated or deep rutted sand tracks. They seem to cut a new track every time the old one gets a bit rough so you find 10 tracks spreading out from the original one all going roughly in the same direction but not necessarily! A couple of times we started our own tracks to get the GPS back on track, we changed our navigation to cross referencing a Mongolian road atlas the GS1200 couple had given us.
By 7 o’clock we’d had enough so stopped in a town called Tsetserleg showing a hotel on the GPS, turned out the hotel was attached to yet another Irish pub though it wasn’t like any Irish pub I’ve been in before. The hotel was a bit grotty but we are in a third world country after all, we paid extra for the shower in our room and I guess we should have paid a bit more again for one that worked!
Cleaned up we headed out to the Irish pub, which was actually some sort of restaurant come karaoke bar. So a couple of beers and a mutton dinner later, Kev orders desert from the menu. The waitress didn’t speak any English and we no Mongolian so he points to a dish at the bottom of the menu thinking it’s desert. 5 minutes later out comes a massive bowl of rice! Oh well another beer and we were finished for the night.
Distance travelled 472kms Max Altitude 1710mtrs
Total Distance travelled 6743kms