Week 24

Having now put together this video, I can see it just seems to be a series of unfortunate events! So I apologise if it’s not the most upbeat video!!

I leave Mongolia tomorrow having spent a whole month in this country. I’m most definitely going to miss the freedom, especially when it comes to wild camping. I never had to plan ahead or worry that there wouldn’t be anywhere suitable to sleep. I had to carry a lot more supplies and remember back to how I got through the desert in Uzbekistan. But what I most enjoyed about Mongolia was the space and the endless landscapes. My camera could not capture that, but it is something I will remember. Although, I am happy to leave behind the huge number of empty vodka bottles discarded at the side of the road, and unfortunately the number of drunk people I came across. These are the minority, but something I was very aware of at times.

You’ll see in the video that I made an error getting to the Chinese border by not getting there before it closed for the Chinese holidays! I’ve had to wait three days and I’ve felt a little like being in the wrong house when there is a party happening next door! Oh well! You’ll see that I made good use of my time anyway!

Just over three weeks now before I fly from Beijing to San Diego and I’ve got a lot of exciting things happening in between. Time is flying.

12 comments

  1. Shaun Montague · Oct 3

    Hi Kez,
    I’m glad you are remaining upbeat, even though at times you have had to endure some frustrations. I can imagine the number of punctures can really sap the enthusiasm, but with a little help you have managed to get going again (with a little help from the natives).
    I’m sure the next few weeks will fly by before you really are in a different territory (and witnessing a very different culture once again).
    I won’t bore you with life here in the UK (you’re not missing much…..)
    Bye the way, you might think your videos all seem to be very similar, but keep them coming, they give a great view of your adventures (and I’m loving the backing tune!😊).
    Keep smiling, Shaun

    Sent from my iPhone

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    • keziajukes4368 · Oct 4

      Hi Shaun, thanks for the comment. Had another bad puncture day today on the bike 🤦🏻‍♀️ think the tyres are just so worn down now they don’t seem to protect against much. But you’re right, after a quick fix, I’m back on my way again.

      Glad you like the videos, I’m sure the next couple of weeks will bring some interesting clips. Hope all is well.
      Thanks again. Kez

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  2. Jackie Smith · Oct 4

    Kez, you are amazing. I’m really enjoying you videos. I don’t know how you do it. I hope you have a good time in China and I look forward to the next blog. Xxx

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    • keziajukes4368 · Oct 4

      Thanks Jackie. Made it into China today and although I enjoyed Mongolia, really pleased to be back into this country again. Glad you’re enjoying the videos x

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  3. Gareth · Oct 5

    “Everything happens for a reason” Kezia – can you truly say that you would have seen the disused water fountains if you had immediately crossed the border?!

    Glad that you are still smiling, doing awesome!

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    • keziajukes4368 · Oct 7

      Haha that made me laugh! You’re very right, I most certainly would have missed out on that water fountain and the other delights! Focusing on the positives!

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  4. Anna bell · Oct 6

    Aww…feeling gutted for you about your computer and all those punctures… not a good leg of your journey but you’ve shown great resilience and positivity.. you’ve rested well and in great shape to go into China.. enjoy the next part and keep safe.. Anna

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    • keziajukes4368 · Oct 7

      Thanks Anna. Already Mongolia feels like a distant memory! Just arrived into the Chinese city of Datong and setting out for sight seeing. No punctures for the last three days, whoop! Hope all is good with you x

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  5. cheryl clafton · Oct 7

    Woop Kez. I see you have made it to Datong. Gosh. Well done. John and me loved China and plan to return next September. Would you believe we have just today looked at going to Datong and are excited for you being there and hope you are visiting some of the ancient sites we’ve been looking at. Enjoy your time in China . Love Cheryl and John Get Outlook for Android ________________________________

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    • keziajukes4368 · Oct 9

      Hi Cheryl and John, I can fully understand why you want to keep coming back to China. It’s fascinating and there is so much to do. I went to the Buddhist caves yesterday and been wondering around the walled city the last couple of days too. It’s incredible the amount of money being spent on it. Kirsty has passed on a couple of tips for my visit to the wall and Beijing. Leaving Datong today and have a fair amount of free time before arriving into Beijing, so heading for the wall and going to do some walking. Really looking forward to it. Thanks for the support, love kezia

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  6. John Casey · Oct 7

    Kezia,

    Really enjoying the video updates, great effort!!!
    I may book that Mongolian village for my summer holiday next year! 😀

    John

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    • keziajukes4368 · Oct 9

      Lol, I might be the making of this place!! Maybe I should have looked to see if I could get some tourism commission!!

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