ETAP-7 18 AUG. 2018
SS-1：246.00km L：3.36km SS-2：249.30km L：18.28km TOTAL：516.94km
BEAUTIFUL RIVERS, HISTORIC RUINS, A BLUE SKY LIKE OUTER SPACE!
This is ETAP7, the final stage of the rally,
Today we headed for the bivouac site situated between valleys to the south of the town of Sayhan Ovoo near the group (mass) start that has become a big feature of this rally in recent years.
Today’s heat makes us feel for the first time that this is really the southern Gobi desert. Here we see the sad ruins of a Tibetan Buddhist monastery called a lamasery that is a place of deep emotions. This is a place showing the extent of religious persecution by the old Soviet regime or namely communism. Why weren’t they more severely criticized for what they did here? That question haunts us as we view the ruins.
At this stage of the rally the Can-am X3 driven by Boldbattar is running perfectly and at a slightly slower pace. But the same model driven by Matsuno and Tashiro has had multiple problems that have dropped it low in the race standings.
The rally through the beautiful Gobi desert this year has one day remaining.
Tomorrow we will set off with a group start and make our triumphal return to Ulaanbaatar (Ulan Bator).
「REMAINS OF A CITY OF TIBETAN BUDDHISM」
Leaving the bivouac we start out on the SS heading towards the dunes. The goal of today’s course was once a city of Tibetan Buddhist learning that was formerly sacred religious grounds. Over the past several years the rally has always headed to this area and is within easy walking distance yet it seems impossible to find the time to go see it. These remains are a stark reminder of religious oppression in the times since the Russian revolution. Today we face the ever-changing Gobi Desert route. This is the final phase of the rally.
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