Well, it took 8 days to reach the Mongolian border from Irkutsk. As always, the shortest route is not always the quickest!. Here’s how it went. I haven’t been feeling particularly creative with words, so I’ve resorted to child-like arrows on google maps. I think you’ll get the just…

Day 1 – Out of Irkutsk

Day 1 - Out of Irkutsk
Day 1 - Out of Irkutsk
Ready to go - Fat and clean with new red shorts!
Ready to go - Fat and clean with new red shorts!

Day 2 – To Baikalsk

Day 2 - To Baikalsk
Day 2 - To Baikalsk
Lake Baikal on a rainy day
Lake Baikal on a rainy day

Day 3 – Going Nowhere in Baikalsk

Day 3 - Going Nowhere in Baikalsk
Day 3 - Going Nowhere in Baikalsk
Lake Baikal on a sunny day
Lake Baikal on a sunny day

Day 4 – Meeting of cyclists

Day 4 - Meeting of cyclists
Day 4 - Meeting of cyclists
Drinking tea with two Russian cyclists!
Drinking tea with two Russian cyclists!

Day 5 – Babushkin and beyond

Day 5 - Babushkin and beyond
Day 5 - Babushkin and beyond
Biking alongside the river - beats the highway!
Biking alongside the river - beats the highway!

Day 6 – Off-Road Biking

Day 6 - Off-Road Biking
Day 6 - Off-Road Biking
What's a bit of dirt?
What's a bit of dirt?

Day 7 – Rivers and Rain

Day 7 - Rivers and Rain
Day 7 - Rivers and Rain
A bit deep to pedal across. Better to paddle
A bit deep to pedal across. Better to paddle

Day 8 – To Kyakhta

Day 8 - To Kyakhta
Day 8 - To Kyakhta
Top of the hill and the tarmac!
Top of the hill and the tarmac!

You can see more photos from this last week here: Photos of Biking Baikal and Buryatia