Caviar and a close call

Posted by Patrick in ULAANBAATAR
30 Jul 2012

ferry from Korea to Russia
 

I'm in Ulaanbaatar. From the outset this has been the place I've looked forward to the most, not necessarily as a destination but more so as the entry point to the enormous amount of unpaved, unmarked and open land that spans out to the west and the freedom that goes with it.

We've been in Mongolia for about 4 days now and it has already far exceeded what we had imagined over the last number of years. The same is true for Russia, it's quite remarkable how the entire nature of the trip has changed since leaving Korea. It's been a while since I updated so I'll go back a few days and make up some stories about Russia and Russian people before getting to Mongolia.

As Kieran mentioned we met up with some fine fellows on the boat from Korea and, given the great number of warnings we received from locals, we decided to ride with them through part of Siberia to…

Mongolia Nights.

Posted by Kieran in Tsterleg
04 Aug 2012

Patrick Mullen and Frosty Around The World Motorbike Trip Mongolia BMW F650GS
 

Imagine this, if you land mined the road, then mortar bombed the shit out of it and throw in a spot of tractor pulling

Latest update from Tseterleg about 500 km outside of Ulanbator or Ulanbatter as we have started to call it. It sounds like something you could order in a fish and chip shop in Dublin or Glasgow. "Hey Jimmy give us an auld Ulan Batter and chips". Any way moving swiftly along, Mongolia has been fantastic so far, we are heading up to the white lake tomorrow for a spot of fishing and a swim. We will probably camp up there for a night and then move along heading west. Patrick‚Äôs bike has been acting the ham, overheating and generally throwing the toys out of the pram. The fan was on the blink so we…

Don’t be shit

Posted by Patrick in Khovd
15 Aug 2012

Patrick Mullen and Frosty Around The World Motorbike Trip Mongolia BMW F650GS
 

Well, things have certainly taken a sharp turn since you were last updated...

Mongolia, like a pimp, has been splendid and cruel in equal measure. The landscape and people remain incredible but the driving has become increasingly difficult and the bikes are surely struggling. The past 3 days in particular have introduced both of us to an entirely new brand of shite and have heralded the first sustained period of long, arduous days on the bike. As you may realise neither of us were massively motivated to take out a camera over the last 3 days, subsequently the shots that go with this are somewhat unrelated to the content of the post, you'll just have to deal with that as…

Back in the USSR.

Posted by Kieran in Novosibirsk
21 Aug 2012

Patrick Mullen and Frosty Around The World Motorbike Trip image BMW F650GS
 

Right, first and foremost we have made it out of Mongolia. My christ it was a tough last few days but in true spirits we pushed on. We made great time to Olgil as the roads improved slightly and then a day to the border. We hit the border spot on, 4 O'clock on a Friday evening. Everyone keen to get the hell home and we were wisked through in a little over an hour and a half. As apossed to the six hours on the way in. We stayed in a shitty little town in Russia but we were back on the black stuff, tarmac. Its was magic. Now don't get me wrong Mongolia is one amazing place. They live at a different…

Close, but no cigar

Posted by Patrick in Krakow
07 Sep 2012

Patrick Mullen and Frosty Around The World Motorbike Trip image BMW F650GS
 

“Bush mechanics and maintenance have become a daily routine as we push our jaded bikes closer to the finish and we've discovered that disaster goes hand in hand with fortune”

Yes, once again it has been a while since we 've updated the blog but believe it or not it's hard to find a few spare minutes in the day with a clear brain to sit down and write. Bush mechanics and maintenance have become a daily routine as we push our jaded bikes closer to the finish and we've discovered that disaster goes hand in hand with fortune.

We split from the Russian bike crew between Novosibirsk and Omsk, some mechanical issues with one of their bikes meant they were going to be delayed and conscious of our timeline they were happy for us to plow on. We were still some days…

Moscow to Munich

Posted by Kieran in Munich
14 Sep 2012

Patrick Mullen and Frosty Around The World Motorbike Trip image BMW F650GS
 

"Frosty arrived later that evening as well, sometime into the second bottle of red and we had port and whiskeys to follow for desert"

Right a massive update is going to happen here. I have to fill in from Moscow to Munich. Right where to start. After sliding down the road a few days previous due to a freak of nature we landed into Moscow. We made contact with the BMW motorrad dealer in order to get the bikes serviced. They needed new chains and sprocket, filters, oil change and generally a bit of love. We got a taxi into the hostel that afternoon and would collect the bikes the next day and head towards Lithuania. When things got tough on this trip I had promised to shout dinner in Moscow, fine dining, wine the whole nine yards.…

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