It shouldn’t be this cold

18th August 2010 by Helen

Friday 13th August

Still on the road to Tsetserleg & Ulaanbaatar we found ourselves driving through a very high pass.  Having reached the top we were asked by a man if we could go back down the hill and tow him up to the top as he’d broken down.  We ended up towing him some 40km to the next town.

This is remarkable because we were actually driving at 2,550 meters (nearly 8,000 feet) at the top of the pass and even Landy doesn’t particularly like the thin air at that height.

driving through snowy mountains

driving through snowy mountains

This was quite some drive, through cedar forests on snow speckled hills.

Road conditions on this main road between cities can only be described as incredible.  Pot holes the size of craters span the width of the road, several feet deep and full of water after the rains.  There is no option but to go through them.  And this is the road used by lorries, bikes and ordinary cars.

Campsite – near town of Tariat

Distance travelled – 179 km

5 Responses to “It shouldn’t be this cold”

  1. Peter Roberts says:

    I too was begining to wonder if there was a problem so it was great to learn from your veritable cascade of blogs that all is well with you. Appreciate that it takes a great deal of time and effort to file regular reports but I am sure that there are a growing number of people who, like me, regularly log in to share in your adventure. Have taken note of the number of times you have been obliged to sleep in the cab and am working to modify our truck to enable driver and passenger seats to fully recline, am also (based on your experience) going to make mozzie screens for the front windows!

  2. Dave says:

    Hi guys,

    Just caught up on your blogs. Good to hear you’re both fit and well.

    Am curious how you are both getting on together now. Have you settled in to a rhythm where stuff that happens is just stuff or do you still have ‘moments’ because of the pressures?

    How has the planning worked out so far? Would you use a Landy again or go with Toyota, take less clothes, done different things with the technology, do a different route, go somewhere else?

    And is it all living up to expectations?

    Have you learnt anything about yourselves that you hadn’t expected – or indeed about each other?

    Look forward to hearing.


  3. helen says:

    Reply to sleeping in the cab – we’d really have appreciated fully reclining seats and if we had the chance again, think we’d do that. However, a confession, it’d probably been less cab sleeps if (1) we’d planned our European route a bit more precisely and found out where the campsites are and aimed for them and (2) not been so ‘English’ and worried about offending the locals by using the roof tent. Certainly that would have been the case when we were parked in formal and informal lorry parks. Truth is most people are just interested in what this strange thing is on top of the car.

  4. Peter & Ros says:

    Hello intrepid travelers.
    Good to see you are well. Don’t know how this works (being a technology thing) and whether you pick the comments up, am assuming so.
    Confess, have only just started to follow your progress but now avidly. Lovely wet lazy sunday here.
    If you get this, how do we contact? Phone stopped ringing about two months ago your end.
    Great blogs by the way, natural talent there Helen.
    Love to you both. X

  5. helen says:

    Hi Pete & Ros
    Thanks for the compliment. All the usual phone numbers stopped working back in Poland. Long stories about losing phones and my phone provider not having reciprocal agreements in this part of the world. Best contact methods are email ( is probably the best one as most traffic seemes to be coming via that email address). Phone numbers now change every country we go through – Natalie usually has the latest number. We can do Skype but takes a bit of organising and is of course dependent on Internet connection, which as you will have seen has not been working much in our favour!! We are currently seven hours ahead of the UK. Great to hear from you and thanks for commenting – look forward to hearing more from you.

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