|Fairfield the quest house we’ve chosen to recouperate in proves melting pot for travellers and we swap stories with Romanian, Austrian, German and English to name few, our methods of travel vary from backpacking to ‘civilised’ motorhome but our motorcycle still wins for most unusual. It has become ‘known’ and the one to look out for. Graham a fellow british and motorcyclist said “oh I was told about you but they didn’t say you were “british” he was leaving for UB to meet with a family member so we only had a quick catch-up.
After stocking up we explore the towns museum held in a old monastery it appears our town had a famous Mongolian wrestler that explains the town’s statue. The rest of the museum is just as interesting with musical instruments and a replica Ger with ancient original old wooden furniture. We also walk up the steps on the side of hill to the budda and prayer building this offers a super viewpoint of the town.
In town we decide to find a seamstress to fix the tears in the roof caused by our many offs we also promised to print out and send photos to the family we stayed with so do a quick visit to a photo shop aswell. The usual crowds now have something else to say, you must have a roof where is it? The local lady does a good job and sews a piece of webbing on the roof. The mystery is solved for the crowd who now help to reassemble it. Nothing left to keep us here so tomorrow we are off.
Pulling up in the town of Kharkhorin we ask for directions to the Erdene Zuu Monastery where we encounter the French (from the border) in their motorhome much smiles and hand shaking all round. It seems they had it tough, getting stuck in a river for ten days which flooded their engine they were lucky nothing cracked but they had to empty and clean everything in the engine. After a good chin wag we part company again to view the monastery which is a belter. It’s on a grand scale and quite run down with grass in the roof eaves, this all adds to its charm we are literally just in time as it’s closing time but manage to squeek in to the enclosed bits which hold various buddas and wall paintings. The monasteries are very intricate in design and richly decorated they are amazing buildings in themselves.