Mongolia Bike Tour 2018 - Jeremy Boissel Mongolia Bike Tour 2018 - Jeremy Boissel
Monggol Ulus Zugaalga 2018
the info :: all encompassing rules and nacks
This is where we'll be writing about the pre-organization and how we did what but also about the rules of our bike escapade as well as cultural rules of Mongolia.
the rules :: of the road
    :: you will ride your bike
    :: you will sleep well
    :: you will eat well, preferably at least one hot home-made meal a day
    :: you will keep yourself clean
    :: you will not leave trash behind
    :: you will respect others, their culture and take part
the rules :: of Mongolia
    :: always say "sain baina uu" when entering a home
    :: say "sain bainu uu" to someone but only once a day
    :: always take or give objects & food with the right hand palm upwards
    :: always accept gifts and take at least small bites of offered food
    :: it's impolite to show wrists, keep your sleeves rolled down
    :: sleep with feet facing the door
    :: point with your whole palm, not the index finger
    :: fire is sacred, don't pour water on or trash into fire
    :: don't walk in front of an elderly person
    :: only turn your back to an altar when leaving the room
    :: don't touch other people's heads or hats
    :: don't leave your coat or gloves on while eating
    :: always walk clockwise around a stupa or prayer wheel
    :: don't touch prayer flags, altars or sacred relics
    :: wear long clothes in religious places; no hats, shoes or sunglasses
    :: if you step on someone, shake their hand
    :: don't whistle inside a home
    :: no need to knock but say "nohoi horio" out loud before entering a ger
    :: don't step on the threshold of a home, walk over it with the right foot
    :: hats are to be placed open end down, not on the floor
the logbook :: everything and nothing
Logbook - Mongolia Bike Tour 2018 - Jeremy Boissel
the logbook acts as the book of revelations. Without rendering it too much holy spirit, it encompasses everything of value without appropriating any certain value for itself. In this book are captured the day-to-day thoughts and happenings, places, people and tales. It holds place for important information such as addresses and telephone numbers. The pages are used to log daily start and rest locations, the horizontal and vertical distances travelled during the day and accumulated values to ensure all is going in the correct direction, on the right path towards the end goal. The tallying allows decisions to be made such as the ability to "take a day off", push a bit harder or find alternate routes to compensate for lost time. The book keeps track of the days and date. It may and can hold ledgers for recipes, songs as well as finances. You may use it to draw little sketches or reflect philosophically upon its blank pages. However you wish to use it or not, it'll be there to keep track, keep score and even if you have little or nothing to say merely having it gives you the opportunity and I have found it a very important tool of documentation. I stick things within the pages or rip out a page to hand out to someone else. Later on those tiny tears can still be seen or pieces of paper fall out and become history, a personal history of a single event. I keep all my logbooks in the bookcase and though I may not open them every day, every week, every year I still know they are present just like the endeavour they represent in my mind.
©2018 - Jeremy Boissel