Across the Mongolian/Russian Border
June 11, 2014

Wednesday, June 11th We set off from Ölgii around 9:30 and headed towards the Mongolian/Russian border. Most of the road was sealed but we did have our last stretch of unsealed Mongolian road as well. In a strange way we will miss the ‘roads’ in Mongolia: slow going yes, but where else can you drive […]

Ölgii (Өлгий)
June 8, 2014

Sunday, June 8th On arrival we rushed around and picked a hotel. The one we liked was full. Ended up making a poor choice of room in a good hotel, which was fixed the next day with a room swap. After a spending a year searching for hotel rooms, one would think that we would […]

To Ölgii (Өлгий)
June 8, 2014

Sunday, June 8th We had a leisurely 6 hour drive to Ölgii. The roads started out dusty and bumpy but ended with near prefect sealed road (there was one very large pothole to be avoided). The scenery was wonderful and we took our time enjoying these last driving days in Mongolia. Along the way we stopped […]

Khovd (Ховд)
June 5, 2014

Thursday, June 5th Our hotel had the usual challenge, ie.:lacking hot water. But we setup our camping shower and used the kettle to boil the water. It was good to get cleaned up and wash away the dust and dirt. We caught up on internet during the afternoon before heading to ‘Altai Restaurant’ for a […]

Traveling to Khovd (Ховд)
June 4, 2014

Wednesday, June 4th We woke up to find a dusting of snow on Sterlin as well as on the northern slopes of the surrounding hills. In our cozy hotel room we were completely oblivious to the weather outside, so seeing the snow surprised us a little. Khovd was 450kms away, a distance we completed in […]

Altai (Алтай)
June 2, 2014

Monday, June 2nd The ‘improved’ road away from Uliastai headed up and over a pass and was in poor condition. But the views were wonderful and we took the driving slowly. Altai was 200kms away and we thought the road would take 5 hours to complete. Unfortunately the first 60kms of road was very slow […]

Uliastai (Улиастай)
May 31, 2014

Saturday, May 31st We sure must have slept well as we woke up to find it was past 8am! Not bad! Specially with the sun coming up around 5:15am. We enjoyed breakfast on this windless, warm morning, after which Stephen swapped the tires back to avoid driving on tries with uneven tread. The night before […]

Friday, May 30th After breakfast in our room we drove about 20km west of Moron to go and see the Deer Stones there (link to follow). We learned about these while visiting the National Museum in Ulaanbaatar and were hoping to be able to see some for real. There are between 500 and 700 of […]

Mörön re-visited (Мөрөн)
May 29, 2014

Thursday, May 29th. After last night’s commotion we woke up to find it was 8:20am! Quiet campsites do promote a good night’s sleep! After breakfast and breaking up camp we started towards Mörön again. On the way we made a short detour to the N50º – E100º confluence point. Back in town we checked into […]

Mörön (Мөрөн)
May 27, 2014

Monday, May 27th It blew all night and we really felt and heard it in our roof top tent. But regardless, we both got a reasonable night sleep and certainly did not feel the cold with our double duvet setup. And it did not rain during the night, which was nice. The destination for the […]

Monday, May 26th This marked one year of adventure travel for us, and what an adventure the day was. More on that later in the post. We had a great night’s sleep in our Ger. When we woke up, a quick check of the weather showed that it was a little cold, very windy and […]

Tsetserleg (Цэцэрлэг)
May 24, 2014

Saturday, May 24th We had a very pleasant drive from Ogii Nuur to Karkhorin (Хархорин). It started off on firm dirt tracks and after about 25kms abruptly transitioned to a sealed road (at N47.64613 E102.85266). It is a little weird to be driving along in a mostly untouched beautiful green valley feeling like you have […]

Ogii Nuur (өгийн нуур)
May 23, 2014

Friday, May 23rd We ended up spending 6 days in Ulaanbaatar, which was just about the right length of time for us. But it was time to leave and continue our journey. In fact our journey which has been predominantly north through China to Ulaanbaatar now makes a left turn and we now head generally […]