Mongolia, Part 1, the vast wilderness

Just across the border from Russia into Mongolia, here at last after 6 weeks and over 9,000 miles. What a feeling

Just across the border from Russia into Mongolia, here at last after 6 weeks, 21 countries and over 9,000 miles. What a feeling

GHENGIS KHAN, the most famous Mongol, whom the people are still immensely proud off today.

In the chaos of the late 12th century, a chieftain named Temüjin finally succeeded in uniting the Mongol tribes between Manchuria and the Altai Mountains. In 1206, he took the title Genghis Khan, and waged a series of military campaigns – renowned for their brutality and ferocity – sweeping through much of Asia, and forming the Mongol Empire, the largest contiguous land empire in world history. Under his successors it stretched from present-day Ukraine in the west to Korea in the east, and from Siberia in the north to the Gulf of Oman and Vietnam in the south, covering some 33,000,000 square kilometres (13,000,000 sq mi),[20] (22% of Earth’s total land area) and having a population of over 100 million people. The emergence of Pax Mongolica also significantly eased trade and commerce across Asia during its height.

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We're on the road to nowhere

We’re on the road to nowhere

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We fed this old dog that wandered over, but it was very wary at first

We fed this old dog that wandered over, but it was very wary at first

Multi lane highway in Mongolia

Multi lane highway in Mongolia

Every 100 miles or so we'd come across a village like this

Every 100 miles or so we’d come across a village like this

Main highway

Main highway

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This guy appeared across the steppe just to have a look at the wierd foreigners

This guy appeared across the steppe just to have a look at the wierd foreigners

Where's the brakes? Give my bike back please

Where’s the brakes? Give my bike back please

Ian thinks he's John Wayne

Ian thinks he’s John Wayne

We swap modes of transport

We swap modes of transport

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Breath taking views and tracks that go on forever

Breath taking views and tracks that go on forever

A frequent sight, blue ribbons as a form of prayer

A frequent sight, blue ribbons as a form of prayer

My birthday dinner, Mongolian pot noodle, delicious

My birthday dinner, Mongolian pot noodle, delicious

Birthday desert courtesy of Ian, cheers mate

Birthday desert courtesy of Ian, cheers mate

Lots of colourful buildings in all the villages

Lots of colourful buildings in all the villages

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Lunatic Austrian cycling round the world made me feel very boring

Lunatic Austrian cycling round the world made me feel very boring

Spot the cow andering around town

Spot the cow andering around town

Endless roads like this with no traffic

Endless roads like this with no traffic

Party time with the locals in Ulaangom

Party time with the locals in Ulaangom

The guy in yellow was the local policeman and a damn good wrestler

The guy in yellow was the local policeman and a damn good wrestler

We asked about food and these guys just wandered off and came back with a take away for us (fried noodles, veg and lamb) plus a bottle of vodka as we were strangers in town

We asked about food and these guys just wandered off and came back with a take away for us (fried noodles, veg and lamb) plus a bottle of vodka as we were strangers in town

Ghengis

Ghengis

Harrods in Ulaangom

Harrods in Ulaangom

Rush hour on the East West  M62 motorway

Rush hour on the East West M62 motorway

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I was shocked to find a road sign

I was shocked to find a road sign

My favourite campsite with eagles gliding above us

My favourite campsite with eagles gliding above us

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4 Comments

    • Shaun

      Thanks Rod, been busy since getting back but I really need to fill in the missing gaps and post the rest of the pictures. I’ll be stealing your description of the banya at Yana’s

  1. Dibs Dibs

    Well guys what an amazing journey you’ve had , it has been a treat to follow your blog of your travels great picture s and safe return from dibs Allyson roger john and mandy

    • Shaun

      Mnay thanks Dibs and co, glad you’ve enjoyed following the trip, it’s been truly amazing

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