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Day 8

Day 8 (26 April 2015) We awake to a sandstorm, it appears to be easing at 4pm so we leave town on 1.5m kites.  After 10km the wind gets much stronger and sandier so we turn back, it gets even windier so change to 1m kites then 1m lines and return to the same spooky hotel. The storm howls all night, im glad we turned back. Distance traveled 19 km Total distance 592 km

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Day 7

Day 7 (25 April 2015) Good wind from 9am increasing all day. flying across vast featureless desert plains on small 2 line nasa kites, we pass through another ghost town beside an abandoned mine. The hot dry conditions and long distances between real towns are hard on our dwindling water supply. We arrive in the city of Mandalgovi in the afternoon, find a ghostly looking hotel and much needed shower. We decide we had seen enough of the Gobi desert and change our route further north to follow the

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Day 6

Day 6 (24 April 2015) Good wind all day but roads on the map are non existent, we spend most of the day bashing through thorn bushes and long grass. The only town on the map turned out to be a ghost town by an abandoned mine. We stop at a camel herders ger for a meal including camel yogurt which gives out digestive system a good fright, fortunately they filled up some of out water bottles. We found a good track through some foothills in the evening and camped in some old ruins. Distance travele

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Day 5

Day 5 (23 April 2015)Light southerly in the morning, nice crosswind run to Saikhaan-Oovo, I get chased by a big black dog, it gets to patting distance, fast dog. Followed by a heard of inquisitive horses, made another 23km out of town in light wind and slow terrain. Distance traveled 66 km Total distance 377km bit of traffic

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Day 4

Day 4 (22 April 2015) No wind until 1:30 then strong cross headwind. We stop in Hoolt for supplies and are mobbed by kids from the town school.  The road out of town isn't in a favorable direction so we take a 80km shortcut towards the next town, Its risky getting a long way from roads when we are only carrying 3 days of water and can only travel 20km a day without wind. Great kiting into the night weaving through bushes in light wind with our surprisingly powerful high aspect 4m single skin kit

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Day 3

Day 3 (21 April 2015) We awake to find ourselves out of the hills and in the vast barren Gobi desert. Headwinds at first so a few hours tacking upwind, the wind slowly changes to crosswind with 15 minute lulls. Stop for dinner in the small village of Arguut, Joe finds 4 ticks on himself and another biting me. Some quick research tells us there's one chance in 200 of catching lymes disease if bitten by ticks in infected areas with rodents, which we were and we had. We make another 20km before the

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Day 2

Day 2 (20 April 2015) Very rough and steep terrain in the morning, the most challenging of the trip, highly variable wind. Joe's flying a 4.7m nasa and gets hit by a big gust while on top of a rocky hill, he's pulled out of his buggy and injures an ankle. I rip the wingtip off the 6m access when it catches a rock.  The terrain changes constantly for the rest of the day, some fast grassy plains followed by a long rocky decent to a muddy river, we passed a coal mine and stop in a rough mining town

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Day 1

Day 1 (19 April 2015) We walk out of Bayankhongor and kite a few kilometers down a riverbed until the wind changes to headwind. Its 10km to Olziit where our course changes to a crosswind direction so we use our motor/generator setup to motor 7km, it worked ok on flat sealed road, unfortunately the next sealed road is thousands of km's away. The rest of the is was difficult going through spectacular hilly terrain with big thorn bushes and bad wind, not the easiest conditions to get used to new ki

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Day 0

Day 0 (18 April 2015) We took a bus from the capital city of Ulaanbaatar to Bayankhongor, the city near where last years buggy trip finished. Assembled buggy's at bus station with lots of help from onlookers. started walking out of town around 8pm, almost made it but the classic Mongolian hospitality caught us, stayed the night with a local policeman and his family.  

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