Yesterday we had a long and though day where we drove c.400km from Karakorum to Ulaanbaatar and we made it in 7hrs! The road was ok for the first part, i.e. good tarmac but as we came closer to Ulaanbaatar the road deteriorated and 130km before the Capital it became a horrible gravel/rocky road so all locals drove on tracks next to the main road...and this meant driving fast on tracks (I had my 2 scary moments but we both handled it well). It was hotter and very dry and there was so much dust (from the car in front of you) at times, that you couldn't see more than a few meters...very scary.
The scenery was nice and we even saw some sand dunes...and so many tornados (hundreds), it was unbelievable. At one moment, there was quite a big one just crossing our path, so for once, I took out the camera and had a good shot at it.(tornado on the road to Ulaanbaatar)
We arrived in Ulaanbaatar, a very busy city. Man, it is difficult to adapt to traffic again. We found a nice guesthouse with parking space. And thanks to the Hubb, we even got an address of a very good guesthouse (and motorbike fan) that referref us to an excellent mechanic. Today, we got Cyril's bike fixed and the result is that I never saw him smilling so much since the start of the trip! The mechanic (address in the photo album) completely took the carburetor apart and cleaned it in such a short time that we even had time to visit the city. Thanks for Rene for sorting the mechanic out and thanks to Hachiro for the efficient work.
(UBS team in Ulaanbaatar...look too fit to me)