Sukhee had found a support vehicle and an experienced driver to go with us through the Gobi desert down to the Chinese border. Karen Elise had bought supplies and soon Ulan BataaBtorr was behind us. Vast landscapes opened up for us. We saw few humans and many animals: giant grasshoppers, horses, cows, sheep, goats and camels. We drove off the road and into a plain ringed by low hills and dramatic clouds. On the ground I found interesting minerals, moon-stone perhaps? Our first night in the wild we celebrated with spaghetti and Russian champagne, before finding cover for the icy wind in our tents.


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