|Another hard day's riding - by the end of today we have traveled over
200 km on horseback during the trip. For the last few kilometers, we beat
a hailstorm by galloping across the plains. The first few hail stones
fell around us as we reached solid cover - luckily we can see storms a
mile away on the plains. We're confident riders too, having spent many
hours learning to relax, lean back, and let the horse run. After the storm
blew over we entered Khorgo Terkh park. We can't understand why Mongolia
bothered forming National Parks - the entire country is one big campground.
No one owns land so squatter's rights prevail. Just pick your spot and
pitch your tent. The open land, the freedom to camp anywhere is a legacy
from Mongolia's nomadic heritage and communist collectivisation.