We leave Ulaan Baatar but have to return.
We departed Wagner Ford at 7.15am on a beautiful crisp clear morning of 39°F. We refuelled at the Government service station ($1.30 AUD per litre for diesel) and headed north on good bitumen towards the Russian border.
|Left on the dash is our normal Garmin GPS, then the Russian GPS we just added hoping to cross the border today, and next to this is the small rectangular box which is the Spider Tracks.|
|Almost no traffic early in the morning in Ulaan Baatar.|
|A traditional Ger farm with a modern car.|
|Heading north on a beautiful bitumen road.|
|The town of Bayanchandmani.|
|A farm on the hills.|
|The first trees and cultivated green fields we saw in Mongolia.|
Right from the start Dick thought there may be something wrong with the turbocharger. Whilst it was no longer surging, the turbo pressure indicator seemed to under-read. However we drove for just on two hours and had covered 162kms when the turbocharger appeared to stop working. We turned around and were able to proceed back towards U.B.
|Heavily laden truck.|
|Freshly ploughed fields.|
|Homes in Bayangol.|
At first we could only climb hills at 35kph, but after we stopped for a cup of tea for half an hour, the turbocharger appeared to fix itself to a certain degree and we were able to drive up to 90kph.
|We had to turn around and head back to U.B. We stopped here to make a cup of tea.|
|On the way back to U.B.|
|Sunday bike riders.|