Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Life in the freezer- day 22

The expedition to the south Gobi begins with the buying of food supplies. It's nice to nibble on something during the long hours of driving. Not many places to stop for food once we are off the bitumen roads.
As we set off the outside temperatures vary, dropping as low as minus 26 degrees C just out of Ulaanbaatar. Even though we are warm inside the 4 wheel drive Toyota, the inside of the windows gets a light icy coating.
We pass many herds of Mongolian horses, especially in Bayanhongor Province. Most of the roads are not fenced and herds of goats, sheep, cattle and horses graze over the rolling, snowy landscape.
Just after lunch it begins to snow and continues for the rest of the day.
The snow gives our driver Dasha challenging conditions to deal with. Snow turns to ice, making the paved roads slippery. And we need to consult the map as we are about to travel on the dirt roads which sometimes look like little more than a narrow track.
Got to white-out conditions with the snow storm.



  1. Does it take long to get there from UB. What are the geologists looking for in the Gobi?