We thought all of our loyal followers and fans, who we have heard have been watching our progress with some interest, would like to hear the end of the saga. Thanks to all of you who have supported us.
We went with Dulguun to visit the school in the north of Ulaanbataar that will receive UGU. It will obviously be very useful. They take in and house /educate children who have been abandoned or whose families are unable to care for them. Transporting the children has been very difficult , but not any more. We were delighted to think that our truck would be put to such good use. read more »
Hopefully that means we can arrive in the city tomorrow, not a hair out of place, looking as though the whole thing has been a breeze!
Jane has booked us a place to stay so we can have a bit of a look around, that's the plan, and experience the place before we fly out on Saturday night. Can't believe we arrived when we said we would, it's amazing. we haven't really stopped anywhere for long except our day off in Almaty. Oh yes, and the day we spent watching the amazing repair of UGU's springs.
So the 'royal progress' into Ulaanbataar tomorrow ....will blog you all when we get there. read more »
Well, quite an experience today. We limped into Bayankhongor wondering what we were going to do and feeling so near... and yet so far. The 30 km since we spotted the leaf spring problem had been very painful, on poor old UGU and on our backsides and spines!However we found a person who spoke excellent English and he found a 'garage' for us. To our amazement (though we'd read about the talents of the roadside mechanics, but seeing them in action is something else) this guy said he could sort it for us and he began to weld the springs back together, using a mind boggling range of stuff to do so. Everyone here seems to collect old bits of cars - just in case perhaps? Certainly paid off for us today. read more »
Finally, after paying over more money, we are in Mongolia. We ended up at the border for 30+ hours. We didn't get the messages which told us to say we were in transit, but a)with Mongolia charity rally plastered all over the vehicle that would have been implausible and b) lying to customs anywhere, let alone in the middle of the wilds, wouldn't be great idea and not a risk we were prepared to take.The vehicle passport actually says you are importing a vehicle so wasn't of any help! read more »
Rob and Martin have been at the border for 25 hrs now!
There is a problem with customs and they are waiting for Dulguun to sort out the transit visa. The process appears to be very confusing, somehow all the vehicles have to be exempted of import duty together and this relies on the visa's being for TRANSIT. This message did not filter through to us in time, as they have been on the road for 2 and a half weeks now and not easy for internet cafes or signals in the mountains, so they are currently trapped there. Dulguun says they will get through with UGU and not have to abandon it and walk the rest of the way! We certainly hope so. read more »