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’s bike has been acting the ham, overheating and generally throwing the toys out of the pram. The fan was on the blink so we have fixed that by bypassing the temperature gauge and just having it on a switch. Hit the switch, them a quick tap of the spanner and off it goes. We have drained the radiator, flushed it out and toped it up to the correct levels. Say a prayer that it's a happy bike now as the next tool will be the hammer and a bit of tough love will ensue.
We have found a great spot in Testerleg called Fairfield house, good food and nice accommodation. We had camped for a few days previously and were both well in need of a shower. I have been bitten by a black widow or some other extremely poisonous Mongolian nasty. My arm started to swell and was very hot and red. Not really a good combo. Between cream and antihistamine tablets I am back to full health. Other mere mortals would have died, but it would take a lot to kill the frost. We went on the complete piss in this little town after having a little tanty with each other. As it turns out Mr Mullen and I are very alike. Two complete control freaks!! Apart from the fact that he is a townie and I am a culchie. It is bound it happen living in such close proximity for so long. Moral is now back to a high and relations are better than ever.
We said goodbye to our Japanese buddy "The Dominator" or Akira in Ulanbatter. It was a sad goodbye as we had all become great mates over the past few weeks. He was running out of time and had to start back to Japan. The poor fella had a tear in his eye as we waved him off on a wet day at the Oasis in Ulanbatter. We wished him all the best and a safe journey back. Maybe someday we will meet again.
Now for those that don't know Ulanbatter is just the best definition of insanity you will find. The traffic is just ridiculous. The morning we left it was bumper to bumper. Imagine this, if you land mined the road, then mortar bombed the shit out of it and throw in a spot of tractor pulling and that is the state of the roads in Ulanbatter. The best part was there was an accident up ahead and these two jokers were ready to go to blows as to who hit who. No police in sight just law of the jungle. Both cars are complete shit boxes, I mean you could not see the new damage as both cars looked like they had been battered for a fortnight with sledge hammers and then a good rub down with sandpaper for luck. I mean what’s the point. So we have the picture, massive tail back in one direction and a steady flow of oncoming traffic. Now it's gets better, so the cars in the tailback decide why not race up the land mined hard shoulder on the other side of the road, playing chicken with the oncoming traffic. We were in the middle of all this craziness and paddy bike is overheating and erupting like Mt Vesuvius in the pissing rain. I think it took about 2 1/2 Hrs to get out of that hell hole. Never again. Just never. An experience to say the least.
Navigation in Mongolia is tricky as there are only a few sign posts. By a few I mean 5 or 6 in the whole country. We got lost one of the days, completely missed the turn off and ended up heading south instead of west. We had to take a 40 Mile detour across this muck track. There is some tarmac in Mongolia, maybe 1000km the rest is unpaved dirt roads. Fine in the dry, but real fun in the wet. Often times you get 2 or 3 roads running in all directions only to fine that they all end up in the same place. It has been a learning experience to say the least. People always seem to appear out of nowhere when you stop. The other day we pulled in and both felt a little funny after some fried chicken for lunch in the previous town. We both grabbed the baby wipes and dashed to opposite sides of the road for this was waiting for no man. Anyway squatting down a bank along the road and feeling pretty bad when I hear Paddy going "ah for fuck sake" ,The guy in the Ger about 200mtrs away was cursing toward him on his motorbike with his wife on the back and poor paddy has his tweeds at his ankles and is no were near finished. I was breaking my arse laughing on the other side of the road. It's not really a spectators sport, now is it. Poor Paddy, very funny all the same though. The Mongolian couple didn’t seem one bit phased by the whole experience, watching two red bearded Irish men with a dose of the shits.
The Mongolian people are lovely, always stopping when you are putted in at the side of the road to see if you are all right. Giving gifts and looking to take pictures of the bikes. They seem to have an endless amount of time and just cruse along at a steady pace. Rather than the rat race that we create for ourselves in the west, but horses for courses. The next two weeks here will be fantastic, more challenges and adventures to come. Fingers crossed that the bikes and riders make it out in one piece.
Some links to some Utube vids we have done so far.
Glad to hear the townie and the culchie are gettin it together! Stay close you good thing,s ya, Love the photo of you with the big bird Paddy, an eagle?.........Love you Guy"s xxxxxxx love Aid
Hi, can’t find where to sign up for updates to your blog. Cheers, Susan
I’m loving every minute of your adventure but glad I wasn’t the one with the pants down! love love love Auntie Mary xx
I’m loving the stories. The trip sounds great and the photos of Mongolia look amazing. It looks like you boys are having a proper adventure. Glad to hear the fight for top dog has been resolved but there was no mention as to who ended up as the bitch! Your online audience deserves to know….!
Keep her country and I’ll keep spreading the word.
Thank God for Wet Wipes ... glad to hear you’re both still talking to each other. Keep the stories coming ... living vicariously through your adventures is just about keeping me sane.
Great blogs keep them coming . Stay safe hope the ring sting is not so bad sounds like trunks need burnt talk soon be good ..?
dude great reading your stories. hope your havin some fun I wish i was there, Be safe your living the dream enjoy!
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Hello lads!really enjoying the blog,have just taken Mongolia off the holiday wish list!Stay safe and as Winston Churchill once said’if your going through hell,keep going’!
Hello Kieran and Paddy,we dont feel as depressed about the Irish weather now! Sometimes rain is a good thing!! Kieran wondering if you could send home a few horses for the Curragh! Could do with a good winner! Stay well x
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