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Crossing the Gobi, or both Mongolias.

Depuis Oulan Bator, nous nous lançons dans la traversée d’une grande zone désertique, sur les bords du fameux désert du Gobi. Cette épopée se déroule en deux temps. D’abord en Mongolie – la vraie, puis en Mongolie intérieure – la province de Chine.

La ligne de chemin de fer est la principale distraction de la traversée

La ligne de chemin de fer longe la route, ou inversement, tout au long des 650km. Nous comptons pas moins de 45 trains, et sans doute tout autant de chameaux !

Détail du train et des chameaux

La preuve en image !

Les amateurs de grandes dunes, vont être déçus, we don & rsquo; seen anything like…

Le panneau de signalisation est explicite

It compren fast service panel ! Mais bon, it was nice to be fast, this does not concern us too !

For the Mongolian part, say sand, there was enough to push us even downhill bikes on our eternal tracks. It should be noted that the road linking the capital to the border is under construction on nearby 400 bounds, total commuting d & rsquo; approximately 600, that's a lot of tracks !

Apercu des pistes du désert du Gobi

The Gobi desert is relatively flat, no big mountains, only small sand hills…

But that & rsquo;'s not what gave us the most trouble ! To begin, my valiant derailleur eventually expired its last squeak gear in burned desert grasses (but at the beginning, otherwise it n & rsquo;'s not funny !). Yet he had fought, invalid, over 10 000km after accident. Remember, l & rsquo; Italie ! Finally, we are in the middle of nowhere, about 200 kilometers after Ulan Bator, no need to think about finding a replacement part here. D’abord, we try to think, but n & rsquo;'s not easy with the sun that hits us on the head. Then tries & rsquo; call a joker, but the & rsquo; used in the previous round. We are obliged & rsquo; take drastic measures : I'll ride with one speed up & rsquo; so that & rsquo; we can repair, c & rsquo; has to say, en Chine…

Le vélo avec sa modif

Everything seems normal ?

Vélo couché Single Speed

Le vélo fit a single speed ! What better way to give back while crossing the tracks of the Gobi desert ?

Technically, we racourcissons chain, we find a report that appears consistent with the sandy terrain but flat and s & rsquo; arranged so that the chain can not change gears. Here, now, he'll have to slide downhill as we can and give all that & rsquo; may climb, no question of changing gears ! Regularly, I must go down to the coast yet not witches, mais pas envisageables avec le rapport en place. Nous établissons un vrai travail d’équipe avec Guilhem qui vient en renfort sur certaines montées juste trop raides ou pour me tirer en descente ! Ca fonctionne, je n’aurais pas pensé, même si ça demande un effort bien différent que lorsqu’on a des vitesses ! Mais il semble que le Gobi ne se laisse pas traverser aussi facilement… Le vent nous taquine de côté/face depuis déjà quelques jours, ce qui n’est pas facile, quand un soir, it really became stronger and unleashes an incredible storm. I declare this the most eventful night of travel ! First, c & rsquo; was funny, we watched lightning, but when all the sardines were taken down and that & rsquo; he had to hold the tent to relieve his poor hoops, we laughed a little less. Besides that & rsquo; impermeability of this kind & rsquo; facility limits… L & rsquo; thunderstorm and heavy rain continued throughout the night and up & rsquo; tomorrow at 15h. Both say that we were not malignant, wrapped up in our sleeping bags soaked, without being able to close the & rsquo; eyes all night and all our stuff valdinguées wind !

Carrière de sable dans le Gobi

Mongolia is a country that digs, especially in the Gobi

All this water – you were told that we don & rsquo; were not in a real desert…, has wet tracks and when we try & rsquo; ship the next day, we sink with every pedal stroke, we see cars crossing d & rsquo; huge puddles & rsquo; water and mud; s & rsquo;'s too much, we decide to hitchhike ! First, we believe reach the next town, but our drivers are up & rsquo; China, allons-y ! We look forward to leaving the country full of large vodka and join a new horizon. And then, in the trailer of the big rig bearing down on rutted tracks, it & rsquo s; Fun to play “flexion-extension” !

Nous montons sur la plateforme d'un camion pour finir la traversée

The end of the journey takes place on the platform & rsquo; truck, and not n & rsquo; any : Fastest of the & rsquo; East Gobi ! An empty truck, this track and it really goes everywhere !

In one-hand turns, we travel about 300km and we leave Mongolia, his camels, his eternal path along the railway track, and everything else (same s & rsquo; he n & rsquo; there is not much).

Un enfant dans un village

Another village in the middle of the desert (“hé hé, he'll get the & rsquo; air at all clever & rsquo; hour…”)

Un garcon tout nu se promène dans un village

He l & rsquo; seem to know where it goes ! “Je suis sûr que c’est encore le même qui m’a piqué mes fringues le salaud, it's going to pay !”

It remains to cross the damn border by bus (we don & rsquo; not have the right to cross otherwise that & rsquo; Motor vehicle, who knows why), and here we are in another country.

Un marché dans la ville chinoise de Erenhot

We reconnect with civilization : a market with fruits and vegetables ! Wooo !

C & rsquo;'s magic borders, c & rsquo;'s me who tells you !

Les nouveaux amis d'Eglantine

We are again photographed in China, as UFOs ! But we avenge ourselves and take our turn !

Les chinois se donnent à fond pour nous aider

A group of Chinese helps us to present a new derailleur, not quite fit, on the bike d & rsquo; Eglantine. Work d & rsquo; team for ideas hacking !

La route continue sans fin visible

Inner mongolia, c & rsquo;'s like Mongolia, except that the road is completed !

Ce n'est pas la route 66, mais presque

Route 66 ? It could, but n & rsquo;'s the wrong continent. We c & rsquo; just kilometers 66 !

3 thoughts on “Crossing the Gobi, or both Mongolias.

  1. Francois

    La course-poursuite dans les rues de Langar n’a peut-être pas aidé pour ton dérailleur :-)
    A savoir pour les lecteurs, il s’agissait d’un échec cuisant mais c’était bien drôle !
    Bonne route les amis

  2. Cycloreveurs

    Sacré aventure en effet ! Enfin celui qui a le plus souffert est quand même ton super velo made in china ! Qui a du tirer l’autre sur les 25km du retour ? 😛

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