Ulaanbaatar to Tsetserleg
We were kindly hosted by EK and his family in UB who helped us hit the ground running. EK chauffeured us around to pick up supplies and extend our visas. We had our first taste of marmot and fermented mare’s milk. Thanks EK!
Irish stew for dinner. A tin of beef with spuds and veg when we could get it. The smaller towns we passed mostly sold preserved food, it was very difficult to find fresh fruit or vegetables.
On our 3rd day we met Sonya and her family who stopped their car and fed us with meat dumplings (hoshuur) and salsa sandwiches. She is Mongolian but moved to America with her mum and they were back on holidays. Her brother gave us great advice about our route and warned us about wolves in the mountains we were about to enter.
The next thing we knew they were lassoing a goat for supper. Ciaran reluctantly helped to skin the goat. We had khorkhog which involves heating rocks on a open fire then putting the hot rocks into the goats stomach with goat meat, veg and seasoning.
Ciaran at one with nature!
We met two Polish cycle tourers, Ania and Symoa, the only other cyclists we met in Mongolia. http://www.wlasnadroga.pl
12 days on the road from July 16-27
24 Snickers eaten