Happy New Year!

Feb. 8, 2013 Photo Feature
Contributors: David Bulmer

Part 1 - About the Trip
Part 2 - Every Journey Begins with a Single Step... or Cancelled Train
Part 3 - Leg 1
Part 4 - Surviving a 100hr Train Journey
Part 5 - Mongolian MX Heaven

You're probably wondering why I'm wishing people Happy New Year when we're in the second week of February, well, I'm now in China and tomorrow night is NYE over here. I'd like to say that I planned this deliberately and that I chose to be in the nation's capital when it's celebrating its new year, but I didn't and I just got extremely lucky. Anyway, so while you guys are enjoying all the excitement of 2013, I'm still stuck in 2012 where apparently Youtube, Twitter and Facebook haven't been invented yet because I can't seem to access any of them since I reached China (great Firewall of China is rather impressive). Anyway, I'll now fill you in on the last few days of my trip while I tuck into some proper Peking Duck. 

Training for Thailand 

You've probably seen the pictures of Bishop, CA by now... errr I mean, Ulaanbaatar's motocross track, but obviously I've been doing other stuff as well, and for two days, I was out and about the Mongolian countryside, experiencing authentic. One of the first things I did was get my Genghis Khan on, and ride a horse for a couple of hours to a Buddist monastery built into the mountainside.

Training for Thailand
They might look like Ugg boots, but they aren't... but they were damn warm and comfortable

We then headed to a "Ger" to see how a family lived in the countryside, but before we got there, I managed to pickup a couple of local birds along the way...
Training for Thailand

Training for Thailand
A whole family would live in one or two of these things

Training for Thailand
The inside consisted of a main stove for warmth, beds, a small table and not a lot else...

Training for Thailand
You really don't ever, ever, ever want to have to use one of these things

Training for Thailand
Fancy your chances of not getting stuck?

Training for Thailand
This was one big statue of Genghis Khan

Training for Thailand
It was a shame to leave Ulaanbaatar but I needed to get to China

Training for Thailand
And here was the border town, and my first sight of China

Training for Thailand
It was "only" a 32hr train journey so I decided to slum in in 2nd class with a couple of people I actually met in Moscow

Training for Thailand
Ahhhh Beijing, home of lots of people and lots of smog. Another country nearer to Thailand...