1000km across Mongolia

I have travelled 1000km across the Mongolian Steppe on horseback. I have cried. I have laughed so hard that I nearly fell of my horse. I have been irritated, disappointed, angry. Tired, so very tired. I have been in awe of the landscape, the hospitality and care of the Mongolian people. I have been wet and cold. I have made new lifelong friends. I have longed for my family. I have been on an emotional roller coaster. And I have cried some more. I have been moulded by the Steppe of Mongolia……
Why did I do this? “At least part of the answer, I think, is that modern society has perfected the art of having nothing happen at all. There’s not anything particularly wrong with this, except that for large numbers of people, if life has become easy it has also become vaguely unfulfilling. Civilization is about eliminating as many unforeseen events as possible. But, as inviting as that seems, it leaves us hopelessly underutilized.” (Don Pinnock)
So I chose this adventure. (Adventura = what must happen). I could have chosen a safer trajectory, but didn’t.
And now I am sitting back in civilized Ulanbataar, sipping on probably the most expensive wine I will ever drink, staring at the spot where Bogd Khan should be in the mist. And I am trying to figure out if I am a slightly different person. The Steppe will know, I’m sure.

One thought on “1000km across Mongolia

  1. Gina Boxley

    DEAREST INGE……………………..WHAT CAN WE SAY??????? OUR SUPER WOMAN HAS DONE THE UNIMAGINABLE………………..completed 1000kms across the toughest terrain in the world and FINISHED THE RACE!!!! WE ARE SO INCREDIBLY PROUD OF YOU!! WELL DONE we can’t wait to see you to give you the BIGGEST HUGS FROM ALL AT THE BABY RHINO ORPHANAGE! We are all sure this has been a life changing experience and can’t wait to hear all about it when you have settled back into civilized life and hopefully had a few good massages to those very tired muscles and bones. WELCOME HOME FROM ALL AT THE RHINO ORPHANAGE……….. we are so glad to have you home in one piece!!! XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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