The plan for my last few days in Mongolia was to ride the motorbikes some more and drive a tank/fire an RPG (seriously – have a look). Saturday we called up the place and they said that we wouldn’t be able to do it until the next day. So Andy, Pete and I took the bikes and went riding in the afternoon instead. We went up some pretty cool mountains and had quite an amazing view of UB. Unfortunately neither of us took a camera and so we didn’t get any good photos. I had so much fun on the bikes and am really keen to get my license when I get back to Melbourne.
Sunday came around and this time it was Andy, Tom and I who rode the 60km out of UB to get to the place where we could drive the tanks (I sat on the back until we got to the dirt roads). Apparently this place was an old soviet army base that had been turned into a kind of tourist park where people could pay to use the equipment. We arrived at what we thought was the right place, pretty excited for the next few hours of play, but we’d somehow turned up to an actual Mongolian Military Training Centre. Surprisingly, we (Andy) almost convinced them to let us in anyway, but it was not to be. The soldier out the front was pretty friendly (although had limited English) and directed us a few kms away to where we might be able to see a tank.
When we got there we realised that this was the actual place we were supposed to be in the first place. There were some old Russian tanks lying around and a shooting range. Unfortunately today was not the day and the guy here told us to come back again tomorrow as well. We played around on the tanks for a while before getting back on the bikes and exploring the hills. I was leaving early the next morning so the RPG and I were just not to be.
That weekend we were also able to catch up for a meal with some of the other Red Cross Volunteers. It was really good to meet and hang out with Amy and Andy’s friends over there. They are a good group of people.
The last thing I did in UB was climb up the side of Amy and Andy’s 3 story apartment with Andy and sit on the roof watching the stars. Good (but scary) times.