We Up bright and early ish. Throughout the process of this trip and especially since wed hooked up with rainbow dash, the night before we would always chat and aim to be on the road by a certain time and so far there was only one morning on the Pamir that wed actually managed to set off on the agreed time this morning wed failed again.
We packed the cars even though we knew in 20 minutes time wed be unpacking them for the border officials.
Whilst waiting to be allowed through we met Caroline and Josh or the sightseers. War stories swapped and not that its a competition but they certainly out trumped us as they had accidentally ended up in Afghanistan and were detained and fined for being suspected Taliban fighters, we proceeded into the border.
With the usual procedure dealt with and a quick toilet stop in the most revolting one so far we were off into No mans land for a coffee.
Everyone had come on this trip with a Bucket list of things to do and see, on mine was to camp in one of these No mans Lands sadly as we were pushed for time it never amounted to reality.
With the last checkpoint passed and a gate opened we were in MONGOLIA!!! And you could tell, as the road was Shit!! as soon as we went through.
We hurried through the border as quick as we were allowed and then stopped in front of the Mongolia sign. We had done it!! I know the finish line is in Russia and we still had a very long way to drive on roads that we had be told when they got bad they were real bad worse than anything wed been on so far but wed got to Mongolia.
After the pictures we drove on and quickly found out how bad the roads are. When theres no tarmac the ground is just gravel so everyone follows the same route until the road gets bad then people make there own road basically theres about 6 roads close to each other that sometimes go in the same direction sometimes don't and the surfaces are horrible washboard dusty gravel.
Sometimes however some of the tracker are just loose smooth gravel so you can get your foot down on what feels like a rally special stage it was brill everyone loved it!!
Within 2 hours the gravel made way to lovely tarmac and it was on this that weirdly we had our first puncture of the rally. With that we made way to the first large town of Altay.
We drove up another high pass and even stopped to have a picture with a hunting Eagle something that was on my Bucket list! The land is so large and sparse that hunting with conventional methods doesn't work. Out here people use Eagles to hunt for them and they grow big! So much so they can catch lambs.
Any weather but sunshine has become a bit of a strange sight on this trip and today we saw Rain for only the 5th time since we left England, it even livened up the driving abit! We drove on through the rain and back into the dust for the remainder of the day and finally chose a place to camp next to a river. We were camping in Mongolia!!!!
That night we even cooked on a campfire made almost from Animal faeces like the locals do!