Say hello to my friend, Genghis Khan, sitting like a boss in the center of Mongolia. On the flight in I had a long look at the desert and the rolling hills surrounding Ulaanbaatar and can’t wait to get out there on two wheels. The city looks clean and orderly and I can feel a Soviet vibe with the wide pavements and big block buildings along with massive statues everywhere. Mongolians appear very friendly and the lady sorting out my SIM card went out of her way to get me all set up. There’s not much English here but those that know have stepped in and helped out when they saw me struggling, like buying roasted pine nuts from a street vendor. Looks like there’s lots of new money here from minerals and every other car is a Land Cruiser or a Prius! Good to explore a new city but the wilderness is calling…