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Episode 17 - Wrapping up Russia Motorcycle Rally and Christian Orthodox Icon Factory

8/11/2018
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This episode covers our last week in Russia. We were invited by the Crazy Region to go to a motorcycle rally on a beach by a river, where we won a prize of "farthest traveled" and got to take a selfie on stage. Then we go to Palekh, and be the guests of Yuri and Anatoli of the Crazy Region. It's a quaint beautiful town, and we get an amazing tour of their factor that designs, builds, and paints amazing icons and painting for Christian Orthodox Churches all around Russia and beyond. We make...

Duration:01:05:19

Episode 16 - The Crash

7/27/2018
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Get a cup of coffee, this is a long one. We wrap up our stay in Omsk, then to Tyuman and spend an amazing weekend with the Harley Davidson crew, then ride to Chelyabinsk through the countryside, and then Heather's harrowing crash on the way to Naberezhnye Chelny. Low siding after front end wobble going 80 mph while passing changed everything. Change is cemented by visit with Archbishop Michael, who we met in middle of nowhere Mongolia and just happens to live in Naberezhnye Chelny. Life is...

Duration:02:50:02

Episode 15 - Tomsk, 550 mile day, and Omsk

7/20/2018
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Western Siberia has been chill. We wrap our couple of days resting in the college town of Tomsk. Then our relatively straightforward 550 miles, 13 hour day of riding to Omsk. Omsk is not a very touristy town, so there's not much to do here. We took advantage of it by Andrew getting a hair cut, using the sauna, and going to an Aquapark. Also, we can't avoid talking about US and Russia politics, given the recent Helsinki summit.

Duration:01:12:21

Episode 14 - English Club in Siberia

7/16/2018
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This episode gets interrupted twice. Sorry, that's what happens when you stay in a hostel in a college town. After our incredibly pleasant stay in Barnaul, we move on to Novosibirsk, where we meet up our friends Alena and Viktor who we met in Chemal. We get some home cooked food, a fantastic experience meeting others who are learning English, and a tour around the great city of Novosibirsk--the third largest city in Russia. Then we move on to Tomsk, known for 18th century wooden houses, a...

Duration:01:01:35

Episode 13 - Camping in Western Siberia

7/13/2018
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We've spent our first week camping in Western Siberia. After Koch Agash, we headed to the small tourist town of Chemal. It was beautiful, right on the river, with cheap camping and good amenities. So far, we have had welcoming greetings everywhere we go. Everyone wants to make it clear to us that Russian and American people are allies, and that they were pleased to see us in the heart of Russia. After staying in Chemal for several days, we hit the road up to Barnaul. We were pleasantly...

Duration:01:28:45

Episode 12 - Mongolia Round Up

7/13/2018
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Alright, slightly different format for this episode. Since cities and names can so easily be forgotten, we spent this episode doing a "round up" of Mongolia. If you don't know, we spent June of 2018 in Mongolia traveling East to West on our KLR650 motorcycles. This is episode we talk a bit of what surprised us, where we went, what we did, and the roads we traveled. I hope this can help with anyone planning a trip to Mongolia in terms of what to expect, how it costs, and navigation. Also...

Duration:01:07:26

Episode 11 - Mongolia Russia border crossing

7/3/2018
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We completed our first border crossing! We crossed over from Mongolia to Russia at the Tsagaannuur - Tashanta border crossing. According to the internet this is one of only two border crossings between Mongolia and Russia that foreigners can use, the other being just north of Ulanbaatar at Altanbulag. The Tsagaannuur border crossing was described as being much less trafficked and maybe a little easier to get through. For us, we got there at 7 am and didn't get through the Mongolian side...

Duration:01:08:02

Episode 10 - Twelve hours and 150 miles

7/1/2018
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We made the trek from Ulaangom to Olgii. Well, we were originally intending to go to the Russian border crossing that allows foreigners through at Tsagaanuur. But after a crash in a river, Andrew's chain falling off (twice), and an incredibly kind driver advising us to go south to avoid dangerous rivers, we ended up in Olgii. It was a hard day of riding and we saw a bit of everything: craggy mountains, grasslands, steep hill climbs, rocky lake bed, deep sand drifts in the desert, and...

Duration:01:17:25

Episode 9 - Ulaangom Northwestern Mongolia

6/29/2018
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We did 275 miles today from Numrug to Ulaangom. The first 80 miles or so was rough, trudging along the sand, with a soon to be paved highway being built alongside. Then we hit beautiful, new, flat, smooth, pavement and pounded out the miles. Took mores selfies with strangers today than ever before in my life.

Duration:01:17:48

Episode 8 - Two days of dirt to Numrug

6/29/2018
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We've had two rough days of dirt riding from Moron to Numrug in Central Mongolia. We're getting better at navigation and checking weather before each day. Heather gets over her fear of dirt out of necessity. Staying in funny little nowhere towns that don't even register on google maps.

Duration:01:11:12

Episode Seven - Camping at Lake Khovosgal

6/25/2018
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We've been camping the past two nights up at Lake Khovosgal--the guidebook describes it as a marriage between Montana and Swiss Alps. It's a beautiful lake, pristine campsite, the perfect place for a retreat. In this episode we talk about our mindset changing to be more curious and notice the small things, John leaving the country, and my fear of dirt.

Duration:01:07:43

Episode Six - Made it Moron

6/22/2018
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We're in Moron! Today was our first day of riding west, no back tracking, no wrong turns, no u turns. Felt good! We update the last couple days, including one last night in Ulaanbaatar, one lost day riding straight west and spending the night in Lun. Then finally heading North, THEN West, to get on beautiful paved roads on our way to Lake Khovosal.

Duration:00:49:50

Episode Five - Night in a Coal Town

6/19/2018
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This episode has some... babbling. Last night we spent the night in Baganuur, a sleepy coal town two hours outside Ulaanbaatar. So we killed some time and recorded a podcast. We talked about me crashing in the mud, small towns, and food. It's all over the place.

Duration:00:49:10

Episode - Getting Lost in Eastern Mongolia

6/16/2018
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After leaving Kokh Nuur, we quickly realize we're out of our element. We intended a leisurely ride up to Baldan Baraivun Kiid monastery. After a couple hours of hard riding through dirt, single track, water crossings, and plenty of dropping the bike, we were exhausted and confused. We decided to go off map and try to head directly to the town to the east, called Omnodelger. Of course, that was more hard riding and even less direction. Once the sun started setting, we decided to camp next...

Duration:00:55:14

Episode 3 - Riding Motorcycles East

6/16/2018
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After waiting a week in Ulanbaator to get our motorcycles, we finally got them and headed East. This episode covers our first real day of riding, including some pavement and dirt! On our way up to Kokh Nuur lake, when Chiingis declared himself the Khan of Khans.

Duration:00:38:53

Episode Two - Made it to Ulan Baatar

6/7/2018
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We are in Mongolia! And the motorcycles are not. Neither is our drone. It's been a bit of a rough start, but there have been some bright spots. This episode we talk about how Heather crashed our drone, our flight from San Francisco to Mongolia, updates on shipping the motorcycles, and our first impressions of Ulan Baatar.

Duration:00:57:35

Episode One - Shipping Motorcycles to Mongolia

4/15/2018
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Our first episode! We set up our trip that we will be taking this year, from June to December this year. We talk about: http://www.cargoyellowpages.com/en/directory.html

Duration:00:30:46