You learn quickly how to navigate in Mongolia and it works a little like this:
- you drive on a dirt track for a while and suddenly it splits into two – no signs, nothing.
- you check the GPS and it looks more confuse that you (if that is possible) so you choose one path and eventually that splits in three – one path joins another path, the second follows a similar course, and the third goes in the opposite direction??
- just because you’re riding towards your destination, it doesn’t mean the road will take you there.
- ask only one person at a time for directions.
Most of our first days riding in Mongolia was based on choosing the track that appeared the best to ride. Unfortunately sometimes tracks run for kilómetres without merging back onto the main path and you end up in the middle of nowhere at some random ger (a Mongolian nomad tent) and upon asking directions you’re encountered with many fingers pointing in different directions.
As you’ll see in the video, it was a long day, full of breathtaking scenery, tricky roads and amazing encounters that eventually Lead us to our final destination : and old monastery located in a beautiful isolated valley.
Blog Video 93 from SAMt & Bike Without Borders on Vimeo.