We depart Bijsk at 8.30 AM toward the Mongolian border of Tashanta. The road is beautiful and in good shape. We have to watch our speed because its full of Police before and after every villages we encounter on route. All of a sudden the scenery changes drastically and reminds us that we are entering the region of Altai. It seems like we are riding in Switzerland or Austria. The people are what makes a difference here. As we approach the Mongolia we see the feature of people changing to a more oriental lineaments. At about 100 KM to Tashanta the scenary changes as well. Its like riding on top of the moon surface with lots of mountains okra color with very little vegetation. Finally we are 10 KM away from our goal: MONGOLIA. We are riding on a long deserted road and it seems we are in a time machine and going back in time leaving the so called civilization behind. We are both ready and exited to explore this country where nature is still predominant. Once we arrive in Tashanta, the border is closed. They operate business hours only. We then need to find a place to stay for the night in this very small village. Our only option is to ask someone on the street where we could set up our tent but the man said that if we were to buy him a bottle of Vodka we could stay at his friend place. We are shown a filthy wooden shed with seven beds and a bucket of water as our sink. Needless to say where the toilet was. We decide to take the roof but we also prefer to sleep on the floor with our sleeping bags.
Today is the day to change tires on our bikes. We were taken to the Yamaha dealership to do the job. The mechanic and ourselves do the job. We also did a minor tune up to our bikes. Once the tires were on, we started our trip of the day toward Bijsk.
We wake up absolutely destroyed due to the arsh driving of yesterday. We arrive at the border with Russia at 11.00 AM with some sort of mixed feeling on how the crossing will go. In the past we heard that the procedures can be somewhat difficult. We were pretty surprised to find out that it was the opposite. In only 20 minutes we were in Russia without any problems. We ride toward Bernaul and arrive at 8.00 PM and we go to a local Biker Club ( Stalvet ) www.stalvet.ru because in the morning we plan to change the tires. The people of the club are very nice to us and help us in any way possible. They wanted to share bikes stories with us accompanied by a bunch of Russian beer.