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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Friday, May 9, 2008

Super day again

We drove today from Tariat (next to the Great White Lake) to Tsetserleg. It was a good 163km drive along some very nice roads in Central Mongolia. We actually had 17km of tarmac (brand new) and it felt so good to be speeding again.
Both Cyril and I have improved a lot when it comes to bike handling. The small trails, the sandy tracks and the offroad don't bother us anymore and we are riding quite safe at much higher speed than we originally thought we would ever do in these conditions.
We arrived in Tsetserleg at around 14h and had a great lunch at Fairfields, a guest house and restaurant owned by 2 Brits. We had our SHOWER!!!!! (finally) and ate some good old English pub food, nice. Steak sandwich for Cyril and burger for me.

We even had some time to visit the city (small one) and find a great internet cafe.

Cyril is a bit worried as his bike is playing up again and he doesn't have power at low and high revs, hence he drives all the time between 3,000-5,000 revs. Anyone has any idea? We hope the bike makes it to Ulaanbaatar (2 days away from here).

Oh and you'll see from the new pictures that I was attacked by a tick at the leg.

1 comment:

Walter said...

To me it sounds like Cyril is having fuel flow problems.

If you have a fuel filter between the fuel tank and the carburettor, it is probably clogged.

If you dont have a fuel filter, then with all the problems you are having, you need to get one. Get a proper mechanic to sort the problem out in UB, but also get him to install a big car inline fuel filter

A BIG THANK YOU TO:

Cyril:
- 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

Niccolo:
- 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