I'm Donna and I'm on the Mongolia trip. I live in Durham and I usually cycle on the former railway lines in County Durham. Looking forward to this trip.
Nice to hear from you. I am also looking forward to this trip and I am currently up in the Lakes "Training" though the weather is not so good. Even so I have had 3 good rides this week, on the good days. Yesterday was a 25k ride round Blencathra so today is a recovery day with hopes for a fine day tomorrow. My legs are not as young as they used to be so I need to improve my fitness so as to enjoy the trip and keep up with th others in the group.
I have not tried railway line rides as yet but I have been looking at some pf the Peak District rides as they look quite interestng
Has everybody sent off for thei visas yet and did you have any problems ?
6 weeks before departure is the time to apply for the visa I believe. No I haven't started that yet was more concerned about getting to Heathrow from the North East on the day the Olympics start! Travcour is the company Exodus recommend, I'm going to use them. Who else is flying from London? Donna
Thanks for that Donna. Olympics, what Olympics ? Nobody tells me anything !
I am going down the day before and staying with friends so hopefully it will not be too difficult to get to LHR.
Perhaps we could meet with the rest of the group at LHR and travel together.
Good idea Roy, So we all recognise each other at Heathrow we need to be carrying a rolled up copy of The Times and some bicycle clips?
just like to say you are making a good choice going to mongolia be prepared to rough it i did the trip last year.It was a fantasic trip but be prepared for extreme weather conditions below zero at night and in the mornings it can be red hot one minute freezing the next.It even snowed at one point.
You only spend two nights in a hotel when you arrive and on returning to ullanbatar the rest is spent in two man tents so dont expect to much luxury it can be very basic but beleive me the scenery will make up for that plus the fantastic food the support crew cooks up for you each evening oh and not forgetting the wild horses galloping along side you as you ride along.
Regarding the visa for mongolia go direct to the mongolian embassy it is a lot cheaper than going through travcour.If you need any questions answering i am more than happy to answer them if i can.
Thanks for the offer Steve.
Good thinking Donna,good thinking. My clips are fluorescent green.
I am fairly easilly identified. I am the well past its sell by date, geriatric, sat in the corner nodding and dribbling his Costa Coffee down his, clean on today, Rolling Stones T-Shirt. Not a pretty sight ! I hope I am not putting Vasilka of !
As a further suggestion we cold post a photo.
Haha, I'll watch out for you Roy. I'll be the one trying to look nonchalant but in fact totally confused with a purple rucksack.
Steve did you get your visa through OBT and the Mongolian embassy ? Did you take your own saddle etc. I didn't intend to, just a gel seat cover. What do you think? I don't want carpet burns but then I don't want to carry more than I have to. What are you taking Roy?
I like the sound of the wild horses Steve. Did you get the chance to ride Mongolian horses?
If someone else is doing the cooking it will be the height of luxury as far as I'm concerned!
go direct to the mongolian website and fill visa aplication form out send it off with a cheque i think a paid £40 it should come back to you within a week.Yes you do get the chance to ride mongolian horses if you want to at one of the ger camps,
As for gel seats i dont use them but i would reccomend one because the riding can be hard and very tough at times
Good day pilgrims
Just back from feeding the midges on the West coast of Scotland ! I hope they dont have them in Mongolia.
Donna, I will not be taking my own saddle, my backside is past caring . I will probably take my own pedals as they have the SPD clips.
Steve, re the visa application. I was going to use the agency as I thought you had to attend in person, to the Embassy and the cost of such a journey outweighed the agency costs.
I'm going to ring up the OBT agency and find out. Am on holiday at the moment so I'll investigate. You're right Steve, Travcour is considerably more expensive. Have to go for some jabs tomorrow, the costs all add up and I really want one of those Ghengis Khan hats.
I wonder who else is going? The trip is nearly full I think.
I WOULD JUST LIKE TO WISH YOU ALL WELL ON YOUR JOURNEY,I AM OFF SOMEWHERE TO BUT GOING WERE ITS WARMER THIS YEAR NICURGURA,COST RICA, AND PANAMA THIS IS ANOTHER CYCLING TRIP,BELIEVE ME PEOPLE THE MONGOLIA TRIP WILL BE GOOD LISTERN OUT FOR THROAT SINGERS!
How's the visa applicatons going? Just had word from OBT that visa approved - was cheaper than Travecour.
Word from Exodus about plane seats. I'm going to ask if it's possible to be sat near some of the rest of the group on the flights from Heathrow. What do you others think?
Upgraded my sleeoing bag after Steve's advice. Frustrated with the weather as it's not nice cycling in a down pour which is most of the time so not getting out much!
I am just about to send off for my Visa. Who are OBT ?
Yes let try and get seats together. Last time I travelled long haul to Peru I sat next to a delightful Peruvian grandma. Our only method of communicating was via written, pidgin, messages in French.It was a long journey !
I am managing some road miles between showers but hoping to go upto the Lakes next week for a few days. Main task is to pack up daughters house ready for moving, but I hope to get some biking in as well.
If you follow the links on the Exodus confirmation info to the Mongolian Embassy you can see they have 2 approved agencies for visas - Real Russia and Overseas Business Travel (OBT). you have to download and fill out the visa application from Mongolian Embassy and a client application form from OBT. I rang OBT and checked the price and what documents they needed. They were really helpful and have great accents.
I rang Exodus and arranged my seats on the flights. I like to sit on the aisle so I can see when the tea trolly is coming. if you ring them you can get seats next to me. I was told that no-one else has requested seats and the group meets up at the destination.
Good luck with the visa and the weather!
Just back from a fantastic evenring ride round Ullswater. 15K of pure delight followed by an England win and then a low fat whiskey. If Mongolia can better this bring it on !
Good morning Pilgrims
Trust you all arrived home safeley.just been out for my first ride but the leafy lanes of Cheshire do not match the openess of Mongolia.
A fantastic trip thanks, to you all for your companionship.
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