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People were coming and going all the time, so it was difficult to keep track of everyone's movements.

I was keeping my eye on the FedEx website tracking page to find out where the spare parts package was. It arrived quickly in China, then South Korea then ... nothing further for a couple of days! Panic, panic!

Above: Nikolas from France, about to leave, with Rette from Netherlands watching on. Below: Time to go, with James from Australia and his KLR in the background.

Above: James is leaving at last on his photographic journey.

Ganzo in the International Food Hall at Dunjingarav Market. The food there was a mile better than what was available at the Oasis, so we went there occasionally for a good meal.

Above: A neat Russian Ural sidecar outfit.

Above: One of the several Africa Twins at the Oasis at any given time. Below: Two Italian Trans Alps, being crated for return to Italy.

David from Brisbane had been very busy organising the repatriation of his injured wife, Andrea, back to Brisbane, Australia. He had managed to have her transferred from the public Emergency Department hospital into the private SOS International Clinic, where she had more personalised care and everyone spoke English, which does help a LOT in instances like this, with all the attendant worry which is exacerbated by not knowing what people are trying to tell you in a foreign (to you) language! And to make it even better, the clinic was airconditioned. [OK David, I know why you spent sooooo much time there! Hahaha! joking]

Love this sticker, David. Might have to get one myself!

Above: David's bike ready for departure, outside our ger.

Above and below: Get the gloves on - it's time to get going, David. Safe travels on the BAM up to Magadan.

Derek and Melissa from NZ, in their Chilean Toyota 4x4, had been around the Oasis, in and out, for a couple of weeks, but were finally setting off for Karzakstan, as Melissa's visa had arrived at last. I'm sure we'll catch up somewhere around the traps one day, guys. Safe travels and enjoy the RORO to South America.

The clock was ticking down on my Mongolian visa, which was due to expire on 8th August. Things would need to start happening quickly, or I was in trouble.

At long last on the Monday, the FedEx website showed that the package had arrived in Ulaanbaatar! Yippee! But I'd heard nothing from them. They were supposed to ring the Oasis when it arrived in the city office. I kept waiting, waiting. Finally, on Tuesday, I lost patience as the FedEx website had not been updated at all, and asked Sarah, the English speaking lass who virtually runs the Oasis, to please call Fedex and find out what was happening, or not happening. The good news was - it would be delivered that afternoon!

I raced in next door to tell Korz, the Japanese mechanic, the good news. But by the time the package actually arrived, it was well into the evening, and Korz had a heap of bikes in, being worked on. Tomorrow, Wednesday, he would fit the speedo sensor, and I'd test ride it.

On Wednesday's test ride, it was a little better than it had been, but still "chugging" at about 5000 rpm. The new fuel filter would definitely need to go on as well. That was Thursday's job for Korz, amongst all the other bikes he was working on.

After two full weeks of not riding at all, I was able to easily take the bike up to 120kph in 4th and 5th gears, on an urban street!!!!!!! Wasn't game to go any faster, in case of Police action. But I didn't need to, as it was still pulling well at 120kph. It was fixed! I arrived back at the Oasis, a very happy little vegemite, to say the least.

 

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