Gobi March Blogs 2023
Gobi March (2023) blog posts from David Grosse
24 June 2023 12:50 pm (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time: Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London
A gentle yomp into Karakorum and a spectacular monestry finish.
Followed by the first proper food and drink i have managed to consume for many days.
I found it a tough week - but all the better to get to the finish.
Many contrats to all the competitors and many thanks for all the staff and volunteers.
The final final stage was a 7 hour bumpy bus ride back to UB.
And now a feast ...
23 June 2023 07:00 pm (GMT+08:00) Irkutsk, Ulaan Bataar
22 June 2023 09:00 pm (GMT+08:00) Irkutsk, Ulaan Bataar
Apologies for not writing for the last 2 days. Little time in between some very difficult stages.
19 June 2023 10:00 pm (GMT+08:00) Irkutsk, Ulaan Bataar
18 June 2023 10:00 pm (GMT+08:00) Irkutsk, Ulaan Bataar
The conditions were favourable with cloud for much of the day, and OK conditions underfoot, apart from a nice 1000 ft climb on stage 3 and grey mud moguls on stage 4. Happy with my 6 1/2 hours. Body also seemed to hold up fine.
15 June 2023 03:00 pm (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time: Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London
Have arrived in UB
A 20 hour stop en-route in HK, was climbing into a comfy pair of humid slippers .
The ever efficient Chep Lap Kok, with my ID card still acknowledged, taxi drivers peering through a gap in their mobile phones to glimpse the road, a walk though Sheung Wan - dried seafood smells & glowering skies. A fabulous meal with terrific company and hospitality (thanks Rajah).
And on to Mongolia – which was hassle free and all the luggage arrived. The traffic in UB lived up to it’s reputation – over 2 hours for 50km.
Apparently, due to a preference for Japanese imports, half of the cars on the road are Right-Hand-Drive , despite driving on the right. Not ideal for overtaking. In other Mongolian transport related news, when you wish to mount a local horse or camel you need to approach from the left (as they are trained to accept riders that way, and otherwise may kick out). Whether it is your left or the horse’s left is not said – which seems like an important detail.
The competitors, support and RTP gang are gradually arriving and great to meet friends old and new.
Looking forward to something that approximates a full night’s sleep
13 June 2023 11:20 am (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time: Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London
Off to the airport in a few hours , and on to Mongolia via Hong Kong.
Slightly disconcerted by hearing of others training regimes.
My final week has involved a day at the cricket and a weekend playing golf.
At least i am well hydrated - something that a night in Hong Kong en route is likely to maintain.
Look forward to seeing everyone in UB at the end of the week, and thereafter on the Steppes.
04 June 2023 07:25 pm (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time: Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London
For the Gobi March I will once again be raising funds for the Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) in Cambodia, an excellent cause – and any donations received gratefully through this Global Giving site:
The CSC aims to improve the quality of life for disabled Cambodian children and adults by providing rehabilitation surgery. Integral to this mission is a program of training local surgeons and health workers, focusing on the development of sustainable health services:
Thanks for your support
30 May 2023 05:30 pm (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time: Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London
How can it be only 2 weeks until i depart for Mongolia via Hong Kong?
More to the point, having just uploaded that blog profile picture, where did the last 10 years go?
I will try and keep up some blogging momentum once i am en-route and on course...