Having made the decision not to do a big packrafting trip, the relief was tangible. Finally I felt like I could do things I really wanted to. And I wanted to see some of the Naadam festival celebrations and competitions of archery and horse-racing. Since there were a couple of days before the festivities began, that gave me time for a 2-day bike-packing trip to nearby Terelj National Park. I took the packraft too, but alas, it just wasn’t meant to be!

So, after Naadam, I revisited the Kazakh embassy in a effort to get the visa, but alas, it just wasn’t meant to be either! Having lingered a couple more days, enjoying the company of people in town, I finally got on the bike and rode out of the city. It felt good to be on the road…

Days 17 – Terelj NP

Days 17 - Terelj NP
Days 17 - Terelj NP

Day 18 – Back from Terelj

Day 18 - Back from Terelj
Days 18 - Back from Terelj

Days 19-25 – Hanging in UB

Days 19-25 Hanging in UB
Days 19-25 Hanging in UB

Day 26 – Outta here

Day 26 - Outta here
Day 26 - Outta here
Rain's coming!
Rain's coming!

Day 27 – Thoughts of Water

Day 27 - Thoughts of water
Day 27 - Thoughts of water
Gers in the countryside
Gers in the countryside

Day 28 – Another day on Steppe

Day 28 - Another day on Steppe
Day 28 - Another day on Steppe

Days 29-30 – Sights of Kharkhorin

Days 29-30 - Sights of Kharkhorin
Days 29-30 - Sights of Kharkhorin
Erd Zuu Monastery
Erd Zuu Monastery