Still plodding my way through Mongolia and enjoying the freedom of the wide open spaces. Although, as you’ll see from the video, the scale of this country really means I have to be better at planning! Food and water are not as readily available as they had been through China and even going through the desert in Uzbekistan didn’t require as much preplanning! Lessons learnt on many different aspects. Distances between hotel/guesthouse stops have doubled, which I’m happy about, as long as I have water and fuel!
I’m no bird watcher but one thing which is particularly interesting about the country so far is the huge number of large birds I’ve seen. The Birds of Prey that circle so low and rule the land! My phone doesn’t capture them unfortunately but they are very impressive, especially when I haven’t seen one and then a large shadow moves across the road in front of me and I look up to see this vast wing span!
When I was told about the number of empty vodka bottles that lined the roads in Mongolia, I put it down to exaggeration. But it really is impressive. I’ve seen hundreds, even collections of 3-4 in one drop. It was similar in SW Kazakhstan, and my only assumption is that the rural cattle herding communities are so cut off from amenities that alcohol is a past time.
I’ll put some pictures below, but there have been some incredible sunrises and sunsets; they make taking photos very easy!
I’m still behind in the videos and have another video half done. I’ve got 4 more days of cycling before I get to Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, where I’ll be stopping for a couple of days.
(lastly, only rewatching the videos have I realised how bad my helmet tan lines have got!! Must work harder on the sun cream!)