Erlangen - Beijing July 30th - August 30th 2009

Day 28 – Through the Gobi desert

August 28th, 2009 by Vintage Volkswagen Challenge 2009

We departed from the Mongolian tent camp “Gobi Sunrise” very early as we knew that about 220 km of dirt road through the Gobi desert were ahead of us.

To make it short, it turned out to be a very eventful day with two flat tires, an “emergency operation” in the desert and lamb stew in a Mongolian family for lunch. But it was also a wonderful day on roads which for sure no other old-timer car had passed before us. Sometimes we even had the impression that no other car before us had been driving on these roads.

But now one after the other:

First we visited the so called Shambala, the spiritual center of energy of the Mongolian Buddhists. Although built only 4 years ago the large site with numerous stupas and small temples was really impressive and worth visiting. Nearby, we also visited a monastery in which an old monk teaches his wisdom to his students.

The road from our last camp up to here was quite reasonable, although a dirt road. But then we had more and more the impression that our guide wanted to take us to most remote corners of Mongolia without realizing that we were not driving modern 4-wheel-drives but vintage cars. After all, it became a long drive.

One time, Egon got stuck in the sand and the Toyota Jeep had to pull the T5 out. But none of the beetles ever got stuck in the sand and that means something.

Around lunch time the Toyota Jeep had a flat tire which could be fixed quite easily. But during this “forced” lunch brake, Bernd B. did cut himself very badly in his hand while cutting bread with his Swiss Army Knife. The cut did bleed quite heavily and Roland had even to close the cut with some stitches. “Emergency Operation” in the Gobi desert …

At one point it appeared that our guide had lost orientation and we felt that we were driving back. So, after some kilometers in the wrong direction we had to turn around and on top the Toyota Jeep had the second flat tire of the day. A 20 cm long piece of steel did stick in the tire. Luckily, and due to experience, the driver had a second spare tire with him and we could go on quite quickly.

The landscape did vary quite a bit, from endless plains to areas with little humps covered by grass. And here and there Mongolian tents and herds of cattle, horses, sheep or camels. In one of the tents we were invited to have lamb stew for lunch. Some of us were brave enough to try and those were rewarded with a very tasty experience. After a final group photo we went back on our way.

The drive took us until around 8.00 pm when we reached just after sunset the Mongolian railway tent camp at the border between Mongolia and China. The camp was of very low quality, no water, washrooms in very bad shape and the tents did smell like pigs. But a short night we will survive.

Tomorrow we will enter China. I feel a bit strange, but I am looking forward to roads in good condition in China.

Text Richard, Fotos Richard

  1. 11 comments zu “Day 28 – Through the Gobi desert”

  2. Von Dieter am Aug 28, 2009

    Hallo ihr Käferteams !
    Es ist unglaublich was ihr in den letzten Tagen mit euren Käfern geleistet habt,ich warte schon jeden Tag auf euren Bericht super wie die Käfer das durchhalten.Ich wünsche euch noch eine Unfall und Pannenfreie fahrt. Viele Grüße senden euch die Käferfreunde Frankenwald Dieter Herr.

  3. Von Babsi am Aug 28, 2009

    Hallo Richard,
    Happy Birthday ein Geburtstag den man sicher nie vergißt.Weiterhin gute weiterfahrt für das ganze Team.Auf das ihr gut in Peking ankommt.Tolle Berichte und Bilder bisher.
    Gruß Babsi

  4. Von Waltraud Wägner am Aug 28, 2009

    Lieber Herr Dr. Hausmann,
    man weiss gar nicht wozu man zuerst gratulieren soll. Also der Reihe nach: Zu allererst mal herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag, alles liebe und gute! Dann Glückwunsch zu dieser tollen und auch für uns sehr interessanten Reise – ihre Berichte und Fotos sind beeindruckend.
    Hoffe, Sie können heute einen “Schluck” auf ihren Ehrentag nehmen und wünsche … toi, toi, toi! für der letzten Teil ihres Abenteuers.
    Viele liebe Grüße
    Waltraud Wägner

  5. Von Peter Hurle am Aug 28, 2009

    Hallo Richard!

    Also, auf diese Bilder bin ich wirklich gespannt!

    Weiterhin gute Fahrt und “verletzungsfreie Brotzeit”! 😉

    Mit vielen Grüßen aus Bayern

    Peter

  6. Von Klaus am Aug 28, 2009

    Hallo Rainer,
    jetzt ist Dein Traum in Erfüllung gegangen, die Wüste Gobi zu durchqueren.
    Für den Endspurt alles Gute und ohne Verletzungen für Mensch und Gerät!

    Klaus

  7. Von Reinhard&Barbara am Aug 28, 2009

    Hallo Richard,

    wir verfolgen natürlich mit gespanntem Interesse eure Tour und wünschen euch weiterhin viel Spass und gute Fahrt.

    Zum heutigen Tag wünschen wir Dir, Richard, ein herzliches zhu ni shengri quaile

  8. Von Claudia von Kentucky am Aug 28, 2009

    Lustig…bei Reifenpannen erwartete ich von einem der Kaefer zu hoehren! Aber nein, es war der gelaendetuechtige Toyota, und nicht nur einmal sondern gleich zweimal :)…und das naechste Mal Brotzeit ohne Messer :))

  9. Von Die Weikerts am Aug 29, 2009

    Lieber Richard,

    nachträglich wünschen wir Dir alles, alles Gute zum Geburtstag. Ein großer Wunsch von dir ist mit dieser erfolgreichen Tour bereits in Erfüllung gegangen.

    Wir wünschen Dir weiterhin viel Erfolg und Glück in beruflicher, sowie auch privater Hinsicht!

    Alles Liebe,

    Bruno, Elfriede, Kristina & Max

    PS: Wir denken jeden Tag an Euch!

  10. Von Martin am Aug 31, 2009

    Hallo Claus,
    vielen Dank für das Foto aus der Wüste Gobi,weiterhin allen eine Gute Fahrt und
    viel Spass in Peking.

    Viele Grüsse aus Eckersdorf
    Martin,Sigrid,Dominik und Markus

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