Location: Bulgan (Khovd Aimag)
Counter: 1685 kms
Oh Mongolia... Thank you so much, it was so rich and intense.
I feel really happy to have done it, but I'm also sad to forsake this beautiful country after only one month!
I will never forget the terrific landscapes. The light playing slowly in the mountains' forms, changing constantly the view and the colors. The huge sky and its strong personality. The animals, wild and lively like nowhere else. The grandiose places to be found every day for the camp. The magic moments with shepherds when they came to visit the camp in the morning. The hospitality in the countryside...
I will try not to remember the abruptness, brutality and racism of all these men who have chosen vodka and idleness, and behaved them bad with me or others. And the way most Mongols treat the nature by throwing everything away: all along the ride in Mongolia, I saw vodka bottles, beer cans and plastics lying along the road.
All those long lines of road, particulary in the desert, are the best places I've ever found to go deeply in thoughts and remembrances. Nothing to perturb, you are just free! It was meditative to cycle here. What a great chance, once in life!
It was definitively not easy and I had quite a while of extreme situations. But the nice in it, is that I chose and wanted it. I enjoyed this adventure like none before, by far. What a chance I have! I remember it every day, in every moment, be sure of that!
Now it's time to look further west, for the next ride in Xinjiang, the semi-autonomous Uyghur region of China. I'm really excited to ride in China again, after the great tour we made 7 years ago in Yunnan with Alina.
Thank you once again for your notes, mails, comments, photos, I enjoy it so much. Keep sending!