This is a stand-alone version of Part 2, The Road, from my short-form travel documentary called Mongoliad (2015). Three sections are completed, but the last one is taking a while, and I thought it was time to share something of my journey.
I rode my bicycle, alone, across the entirety of Mongolia in 2015, beginning in Dornod Province's easternmost town (Xalxgol) and ending in Bayan-Olgiy's westernmost town (Tsengel). I rode 3,500 kilometers in 3.5 months. Early in the ride, I started wearing my GoPro chest mount. All day, every day. I would turn it on for 15-30 seconds at a time, just to capture an idea of the variety of roads, trails, and paths I was riding (or pushing or cursing). Sometimes there were no paths, but rivers to cross. Or reindeer to ride.
By the time I reached my final destination, I had over 1000 of these clips. It seemed an interesting idea to take as many of them as possible and edit them--in order of appearance--to reflect my entire traversal of the country.
And here you have it: Mongolia, as I experienced it--all 3,500 kilometers, using 350 video clips compressed into 3.5 minutes. One minute per month. Somehow, it looks easier than I remember!
I hope you enjoy it,
---Jim Bennett (The Transglobalist)
The music is from the album Ancestor's Call, by the inimitable Huun-Huur-Tu: Eerbek Aksy