Thursday, November 15, 2018

Welcome to the Land Roamer's blog!

I created this blog to keep my family and friends informed about the Land Roamer’s 
preparation, planning for the trip and later to keep in touch during my overland adventures.

Having had both a Land Rover and a Land Cruiser, I decided that I would call my 
4x4 camper-truck, a Brimont Brutt (more info here) "Land Roamer".

To roam: "To travel purposefully unhindered through a wide area. It suggests wandering freely
 and often far afield."  Etymology: Middle English, 14th century, Merriam-Webster.  

"Live for the JOURNEY, not the Destination!"

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

How to see my blogs?

NB – Many of my blogs are not yet indexed...
If you want to discover my trip, you need to rewind time/my blogs.

Important: in order to see previous stories, at end of a page, 
in the bottom right corner, click on “Older Posts”.

September 2018 - Mongolia is here 
August 2018 - Kazakhstan and Russian Federation are here 
July 2018 – Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are here
June 2018 – Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are  here
May 2108 - Iran (second trip) is here
April 2018 - UAE and Oman are here
March 2018 - Iran (first trip) is here
February 2018 - Departure and Eastern Europe is here

Enjoy without moderation!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


Most of the pictures are in chronological order. 
You can follow my itinerary in Mongolia,
you can see the weather changing, 
but you CANNOT feel the rain and the cold...

Driving to Olgii and an amazing encounter !

When "Bigbidule" meets "Land Roamer"

1/ There must be about 40 Brimont Brutt that have registration plates and are being driven daily (total production was only 400!)
2/ There must be about 60 Brimont ETR (the BIG brother of the Brutt) that are registered

What are the statistical odds that these 2 vehicles meet 
in a very small town of Western Mongolia ??
(by PURE chance, NOTHING pre-organized!) 

They did !  -  And they are the same color !! 
(Both have been repainted from the original color)

Altai Tavan Bogd National Park is a national park in Bayan-Ölgii Province of western Mongolia.
It covers 6362 square kilometres and is located south of Tavan Bogd, the highest mountain of Mongolia. It includes the lakes Khoton, Khurgan, and Dayan. The protected area is inhabited by species such as the Argali sheep, Ibex, Red deer, Beech marten, Moose, Snow cock, and Golden eagle.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site Petroglyphic Complexes of the Mongolian Altai is located inside Altai Tavan Bogd National Park.

We went with a tour as one cannot enter the park easily with a private car. 
A special permit is needed to enter the border area.

=> For the full story, click here

Driving from Olgii to Lake Uureg and Khyargas

Village and open-pit charcoal mine of Khotgor

Kurgan stelae or Balbals are anthropomorphic stone stelae, images cut from stone, installed atop, within or around kurgans(i.e. tumuli), in kurgan cemeteries, or in a double line extending from a kurgan. The stelae are also described as "obelisks" or "statuemenhirs". Spanning more than three millennia, they are clearly the product of various cultures. 

A kurgan is a tumulus, a type of burial mound or barrow, heaped over a burial chamber. The earliest kurgans date to the 4th millennium BC in the Caucasus and are associated with the Indo-Europeans.

A Women is the official car/truck washer person at this place

My GPS tells me to take a right turn on that little road...

The Mukhart River, whose name means no-through road, is a small river flowing for twenty kilometres along the Bor Khyar Dunes, forming a lovely oasis in which poplars and sea buckthorns grow. The source of this river is really magical because it literally gushes from the huge and lovely Bor Dune. As it spontaneously springs, it also spontaneously disappears afterwards in the dunes.

Buddhism in Mongolia

=> For the full story, click here

Driving to Ulan Bator

The beef burgers will be ready in a few minutes!

Best of the Gobi desert!

=> For the full story, click here

The Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue, part of the Genghis Khan Statue Complex is a 40 m tall statue of Genghis Khan on horseback, on the bank of the Tuul River at Tsonjin Boldog (54 km  east of the Mongoliancapital Ulaanbaatar), where according to legend, he found a golden whip. 
The statue is symbolically pointed east towards his birthplace. It is on top of the Genghis Khan Statue Complex, a visitor centre, itself 10 metres tall, with 36 columns representing the 36 khans from Genghis to Ligdan Khan. It was designed by sculptor D. Erdenebileg and architect J. Enkhjargal and erected in 2008.

As of my visit (October 2018), this leather boot is listed by the Guiness book of records as the biggest Mongolian boot in the world.

Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is one of the national parks of Mongolia. The Terelj tourist zone has a number of "tourist camps". Most of the tourist camps and tourist attractions are at the settlement of Terelj, which features small shops and restaurants. The Terelj settlement is located in the valley of the Terelj River (Terelj Gol), approximately 66 km from the Ulaanbaatar city center. 

Most of the park is undeveloped and difficult to access. Attractions include Khagiin Khar Lake, a 20m deep glacial lake 80 km upstream from the tourist camps, and Yestii Hot Water Springs, natural hot springs 18 km further upstream. The park also has a Buddhist monastery that is open to visitors. Park wildlife includes brown bears and over 250 species of birds. The Tuul River flows through the park.

My last night at the "River Point" campsite near Ulan Bator
and heading South to the China border!

Next GPS point is 619 kilometers AWAY!

Last campsite in Mongolia,
with the trailer-folding tent of our travelling partners through China...