After a quickish shower in the river and breakfast consisting of left over caviar on toast we packed up and headed for the Mongolian border, which we had heard from teams shut at 6pm.
We only stopped for a quick bonnet lunch consisting of various cheeses and bread. We did however meet a man who gave us a new sticker for our car. He spoke little english but we fathomed was some sort of sport completion he was trying to promote.
I had researched the Altai region before we left and was quite excited for this bit of the journey and it was a stark contrast from the flatness of Kazakhstan and the part of Russian wed driven through so far.
For those who haven't been to this part of the world, flat expanses of prairies soon change into what seems like your in 'The sound of music' after a few hours of this the scenery slowly morphs into pine trees and fast flowing rivers that can be very easily mistaken for Western Canada there was even signs for bears and moose in area.
The day wore one and rainbow dashes car and even ours was starting to suffer again with the dreaded misfiring and lack of power, we could always tell when we above 1200M in altitude as 4th and 5th gear became useless putting more strain on the lowers gears, not fun when climbing some of the hills.
The pure beauty of the Altai region had left a massive impression on everyone from both teams, we all just though this was a part of the world we were using as a stepping stone allowing us to get to Mongolia from Kazakhstan but it was so much more than this and we all agreed that we were defiantly coming back and with a more flexible schedule.
Towards the border the landscape changed again into what seemed more like "Mongolia" we were getting close! A quick check at the border gate confirmed that wed missed the "window" for being allowed in so turned around and stopped in a hostel which looked very out of place as it had clearly been designed by someone with a love affair for French Ski Chalets as it was less 200M from the gate we cooked food and aimed to be first ones through tomorrow.