Erlangen - Beijing July 30th - August 30th 2009

Day 27: Outdoor Camping …

August 27th, 2009 by Vintage Volkswagen Challenge 2009 | Comments Off on Day 27: Outdoor Camping …

We started our drive through the Gobi desert today already at 8.00 am. We spent a good night in our tents or outside under the stars.

Also on this second day in the desert we had a lot of fun driving, however, the rubble road became more and more of a problem for the suspension of the 49 Beetle and for the Cabriolet. The younger “Ovali Beetles” appeared not to have this challenge to the same extent.
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Day 26: From Ulan Batar towards the South

August 26th, 2009 by Vintage Volkswagen Challenge 2009 | 14 comments »

We started in Ulaan Bataar in Southern direction towards the town Choir. Still in Ulaan Bataar we made sure that we have enough food with us for our upcoming overnight stay in our tents.

A huge Toyota Jeep guided us with its warn lights on. The exit out of the city turned out to be no problem despite the announced visit of the Russian government. The police guards even greeted us and gave us priority.
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Tag 25 – August 24th 2009

August 25th, 2009 by Vintage Volkswagen Challenge 2009 | 11 comments »

We reach Ulaan Bataar

We started around 9.00 am from Darhan to the South towards Ulaan Baatar. The road turned out to be reasonable, a little too tiny to qualify for a highway but at least well paved. Our Mongolian guide with his VW Passat with steering wheel on the right side took the lead, our convoy of seven cars following. To miss the road was not possible as there was literally no paved road junction on the whole 250 km. The biggest problem turned out to be the herds of cattle, sheep and goats which frequently attempted to cross the road and even blowing the horn did not impress them much. So, we always had to be alert to slow down or stop in those cases in which a sheep or cow would decide to cross the street in front of us. We all felt that our original side wings should not suffer any damage from a collision.
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Day 24: We are leaving Russia

August 24th, 2009 by Vintage Volkswagen Challenge 2009 | 17 comments »

The night in Ulan Ude was as usual too short because we arrived late in relation to our road-side repair we had to do on the Cabriolet.

On our last day in Russia we left Ulan Ude at 8.00 am towards the Russian border. The drive was smooth and as we went further South a wider landscape appeared which already reminded us of pictures from Mongolia. The road was good, however, after the experiences with our 2 broken torsion bars we drove a bit more careful and reached the border only at around 13.00 pm
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Day 23: Irkutsk and Baykalsk to Ulan Ude

August 24th, 2009 by Vintage Volkswagen Challenge 2009 | one comment »

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Announcement from Day 24 onwards

August 23rd, 2009 by Vintage Volkswagen Challenge 2009 | 6 comments »

As we are leaving Russia today to the wide planes of Mongolia we do not expect to have internet the following days.
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Day 23 Telegrammblog: Irkutsk/Baykalsk to Ulan-Ude

August 23rd, 2009 by Vintage Volkswagen Challenge 2009 | one comment »

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Day 22: Baykalsk and Return to Irkutsk

August 23rd, 2009 by Vintage Volkswagen Challenge 2009 | one comment »

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Day 21, Irkutsk to Baykalsk

August 21st, 2009 by Vintage Volkswagen Challenge 2009 | 19 comments »

Everything started quite harmlessly, but suddenly developed to be quite a significant crisis.

The plan was to go to the local VW dealer and have the bugs checked out and some adjustments made before the last 2500 km.
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Day 20, Irkutsk

August 21st, 2009 by Vintage Volkswagen Challenge 2009 | Comments Off on Day 20, Irkutsk

The change to our plans meant that after one night in Baikal City, we returned to Irkutsk and checked into the Irkutsk hotel. The team was already fascinated the day before when passing through the city and we simply wanted to see more of Irkutsk before we left for Baykalsk on the southeastern edge of the lake.
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