OK, so I hit 50 this year and thought it was about time to try and stop dreaming about these things and actually get out there and put one of my many plans into action.

Why Mongolia? – good question. Do you remember Risk, the board game? Well, I was always fascinated with Kamchatka, Irkutsk and Mongolia – they just sounded exotic and far away.

A few friends and I even composed a ‘poem’  – when we decided to form a band and write some songs, inspired maybe by the likes of John Cooper Clarke and the punk poets. (the career of MT Vassals burned brightly but we split – citing artistic differences and lack of talent – after one heady afternoon!)

That poem has always stuck in my head:

Walking all the way to Ulaanbator                                                                         my body sweats and my feet are sore                                                                  my sexual organs touch the floor                                                                  looking for a cheap Mongolian  whore

My sexual organs certainly don’t touch the floor, unless I’ve slipped in the bathroom and I’ve heard that the whores aren’t that cheap anymoreso, what am I looking for? – Adventure? Isolation? A journey of personal discovery? Escape? Inner peace? – all of these and more. Do I expect to return a changed man? – Not in any radical sense, but I am sure I will change – I fear that it may only fuel a desire to travel even more – not that there’s anything wrong with that!

Story of the weeping camelA really interesting film – and another reason for fascination with Mongolia!

I suppose these two might have had something to do with it as well!


8 thoughts on “Why?

  1. Mike,

    All the very best for the trip, sounds like it’s going to be tough but lots of fun. Remember, in time, the tough days will turn out to be the parts of the trip that you’ll talk about the most.

    What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!

    Have fun,

    Mac & Michele

  2. Hiya Mike,
    Just in case you thought your old ‘muckers’ in the UK weren’t taking any notice of your adventure … It looks FANTASTIC and I’m truly delighted for you. After you’re settled back, do get in touch.
    All the best

    • I guess you have read most of the blog and picked up that I did have some ‘issues’ with Kudu over the organisation and day to day running of the trip. If you stick with me I’ll probably do some overall assessment at the end of the trip. In short, I wouldn’t travel with Kudu again. If (hopefully when) I am able to do another big trip I would much prefer to do it on my own or with a small group of friends. I think large groups (over about 8 people), by their very nature, impose restrictions and logistic issues that almost inevitably cause frustrations and delays.

    • Please do. Not come across your site before but looks really useful source of info for overlanders – will be investigating it in more depth!

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