This is the travelblog of Cyril Ducau and Niccolo Manno on their adventure from London (Cyril), Munich (Niccolo) to Hong Kong on motorbikes.
It took us short of 3 months to do 20,000km on bikes, trains and planes. We crossed the following countries together:

Austria - Italy - Slovenia - Croatia - Serbia - Bulgaria - Turkey - Georgia - Azerbaijan - Turkmenistan - Uzbekistan - Kyrgyzstan - Kazakhstan - Russia - Mongolia - China - Hong Kong

On this site you will find some info on both of us, our bikes, some of our friendly helpers in Hong Kong and London and loads of pictures on our trip. 

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Our path

Our path
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Thursday, May 8, 2008

On the road again

Yesterday we were stuck in Tosontsengel as Cyril's bike had some problems again with the engine. We had some good 92 Oktan petrol and still it didn't want to accelerate.
We started working on the bike in the middle of the street but we amassed so many people that we decided to push the bike back to the hotel parking lot and worked on the bike their. We tried several things, draining the mixed 80/92 petrol tank and using only pure 92, changing the air/fuel mix, changing the fuel pump, etc...until we decided to open the carburators and have a look and clean them. And the carburators were indeed dirty (i.e. the air needle was stuck!), hence too much air was coming in the engine. We cleaned one carburator and tried the bike and it did work fine. As it was already 17h, we decided to stay in the same hotel for a further night and move on only the next day.
A quick interjection on the Mongolians and privacy...none exist! They enter your room without warning (not the hotel employees but other guests), have a look and then leave again leaving the door open. When we stop, they touch your bikes all the time. At the internet cafe, they literally sit next to you and check the things you do...but they are always nice and helpful.

Anyhow, today was a superb day again. We had nice blue sky and a bright sun. We left Tosontsengel with the aim of reaching White Lake, one of the most beautiful spots in the country according to our guide. The road leading there was beautiful with a mixture of valleys with rivers, Alpine scenery, frozen lakes everywhere and yaks in pasture. The pass to the high valley where White lake is situated (2,100m) was at 2,600m but the sun was warming up the air, so we had pretty much 8 degrees celcius all day long. The road itself was quite interesting as it changed from a dirt and sandy track to a very nice gravel road, to a great offroad type road to a gravel road again...etc...

So what is our opinion on White lake? Hmmm, I think it is certainly not the most beautiful spot in the country (Uureg Nuur was nicer) but indeed it is quite nice as most of the scenery we saw in Mongolia.
Judge for yourself and have a look at the pictures below.

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- Maddy, the head of our "London HQ", special technical and weather advisor, and because she is simply the best and has been so supportive over the last few months
- My family and friends for their understanding and moral support
- Robert Roe (alias Bob) from Motoselect Franham for preparing the bike with such good care
- Anastasia from thevisacompany for helping me deal with so much red tape
- Claudio von Planta for sharing his valuable experience on Long-way Round and Long-way Down and answering so many of our questions
- Ronnie, Emmanuel and Benjamin for their enthusiast support and precious advise
- The Techtransalp team for their excellent website and advertising our adventure

- clearly Manon as she has always been supportive of this trip even though this means 3 months without me
- My mother for not giving up on me, for receiving all the parcels at home in Austria and for not freaking out!
- Amy and Steve for pushing over several months to keep focus on the organisation
- Xavier, for trusting me to be in France in June and be his best man at his wedding
- Cyril, for posting our tracks on the blog
- Louis, for looking into getting Continental to sponsor us
- Romain, for getting us the Turkmen visas
- My friends for all telling me "DO IT"!
- Claudio von Planta, Sambor and Maciej for sharing their great experiences on their numerous motorbike trips
- Henry, Yau and Tan from BMW HK for their support with the bike, the preparation and the bike sale
- Yasser, Mark, Michael and Christoph from BMW Munich for their help with all the accessories and the last minute bike purchase
- Bertrand and Alice for your help with the tyres in Almaty