The bikes are all registered

Posted from York, England, United Kingdom.

We’ve selected our steeds. ¬†Kev’s having the eBay bitsa XT, which is now registered as YX54 MLJ, and I’m riding the spangly XT, RJ58 ZRU. ¬†Don’t know about Kev’s, but mine’s got to have a name.¬† Derek or Roland springs to mind…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Camping stove

Posted from United Kingdom.

Went¬†down Cotswold Outdoor¬†in Solihull this morning and bought this¬†Primus Omnifuel stove.¬† Seemed like a good idea to have some means of cooking / heating stuff up whilst we’re on the road, but I have no doubt that it’ll be a minor miracle if I manage to make as much as¬†a¬†cup of tea with this thing whilst we’re away without setting fire to the tent or the bike, or both.¬† Well, at least if it’s Kevin’s tent that goes up¬†in some unfortunate conflagration I’ll be the one¬†having¬†the good night’s sleep.

 

 

 

 

 

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Off road tyres

Posted from York, England, United Kingdom.

Kev’s just bought in our off-road tyres, two pairs of Bridgestone Trail Wings. ¬†We’ll test them going up the kerb to the shops…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Xmas pressie – some riding gear?

Posted from England, United Kingdom.

Just had a lime green mankini off the daughters for Xmas. ¬†Apparently I’ve got to wear it in Kazakhstan for some reason?

Oh, and I got a very useful Mongolian phrase book from my son, Harry.¬† He’s so thoughtful.¬†¬†At least I can now say in Mongolian, “I have serious diarrhoea, where is the nearest toilet?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And more equipment

Posted from Birmingham, England, United Kingdom.

I’ve now got all the equipment we’ll need. ¬†That means the musical airhorns and a spork. Oh, and a tent together with a couple of Ortlieb bags (49 litre and 89 litre) to go on the back.

 

 

 

 

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Doing the Mongol Rally by Bike

Posted from Birmingham, England, United Kingdom.

Just had a stomach-wrenching moment, as you do.¬† Well, quite a few, to be honest.¬† More of an episode, really.¬† I’d read this blog on The Adventurists website (you can see it here) about previous participants who’ve done the Rally by motorbike.

The bit that got me was, “Of the¬†more than 4,000 Mongol Rally Veterans, a minuscule 28 have ever ridden bikes, of which 25 have reached the fabled finish line in Ulaan Baatar.”

Did a bit of checking, and on top of that¬†heart-warming fact, none of those who have¬†completed the Rally¬†appear to have gone by the route we’re planning (the ‘Stans and the Pamir Highway).

Harder than a box of concrete?¬† Gulp…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Useless tool or lifesaver?

Posted from Birmingham, England, United Kingdom.

Just treated myself to¬†a ludicrously expensive¬†Victorinox multitool off Amazon.¬† It cost nearly¬†as much as the bike.¬† If I don’t get to¬†fix anything¬†with it at least I’ll be able to prise¬†stones out of yaks’ hooves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And the second bike!

Posted from York, England, United Kingdom.

Kev’s just got our second bike off eBay! ¬†He says we could set off now if we wanted to. ¬†Well he can but I won’t – I’ve just seen it’s -27¬įC in Ulaan Baatar at the moment. ¬†Can’t work out how somewhere can be so hot in the summer and so cold in the winter.

 

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Camping gear

Posted from Birmingham, England, United Kingdom.

Kevin’s persuaded me to buy an airbed rather than an expanding mat thingy.¬† His rationale is that although it’s bulkier, it’ll give you a better night’s sleep.¬† I hate camping anyway, so I’ll probably end up using it to float across Mongolian rivers.

 

 

 

 

 

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The first bike!

Posted from York, England, United Kingdom.

Kev’s got our first bike today. ¬†Well it started off that way, but then he couldn’t resist putting the bike¬†into the showroom¬†and trying to¬†sell it on. ¬†I managed to change his mind.

I’m sure he’d have a go at selling¬†me if I put roller blades on…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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