Day 162 569 days to go. Distance: today: Rest day total 8811 km. It’s 11.30pm Thursday 10/5/2012 Tsetserleg. I’m putting cream on my sun burnt legs and it’s snowing outside. Ahhhh early summer in Mongolia. Hi there fine folk. It’s a sad day today for my family and friends who have known my little Monty. She passed away this afternoon from good ol’ age it would appear living it in health and to its fullest. I went for a walk to the temple again this arv and I have written a goodbye note on a photo and bought a blue silk scarf to tie on Rube. Monty is my soul mate and wore a blue collar. In her 13 years she has given us all so much grief, love, attitude, fun and the best company ever. She was 5 kilos with 5 tons of personality and I will miss her little head. We will carry the scarf and photo home safe and sound to keep her memory close and in my heart always. Monty died a farm dog on her farm and that makes me very happy at a very sad time. Thankyou to my friends and family for your emails. I got an email from my folks yesterday. You remember me telling you about the full moon coming up over our campsite the other night? Well Mum and Dad wrote…..
‘Wanted to tell you that that beautiful moon you saw on Sunday night was something very special….The “supermoon” appeared as the Earth and its satellite came closer together than at any other time this year. The moon was about 356,955 km from the Earth – about 24,622km closer than average.’ (from Courier Mail Mon 7/2012. How very cool is that indeedy 🙂
I also got an email from my big sister with the following quote ‘Days domed by unlimited skies the colour of dreams.’ Katie wrote…
‘That`s a quote I saved years ago waiting for THE photo -and your descriptions and images of Mongolia are exactly how I had pictured it!!! Spectacular!!!! It doesn`t stop to amaze me how such a vast place with gurts and yurts, roaming camels and nomads can still provide you with internet so we can stay in contact – amazing!! Here comes another quote – I can just picture you outside your tent at the end of another amazing, grueling day`s cycle in Mongolia….’Take a music bath under the stars and you will find it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body’ (Shakespeare)’ Thank you Kitie. Shakesphere nailed it as far as my experience of Mongolia goes. It is a bombardment on the senses of nature’s brutality and beauty. It strips away the superficial leaving me raw with very real perspective about what counts.
Kang went back to UB this morning. He said he didn’t know enough English to explain why but said that he was sorry. I was disappointed not to have a buddy for the journey westwards but am thankful for his help and the experiences we’ve had over the week. I spent today having a regather and focus to shecyclesolo once again. I had tried to upload the photos earlier but the town server crashed and with the news about Monty I didn’t get back to the cafe this arv. It’s forecast rain and snow tomorrow and then a patch of fine weather again. Therefore I’ll hold off and head Saturday. I’ll upload the photos tomorrow and give my heart a chance to catch its breath. Monty my little girl I hope your next life is full of adventure and great joy. I love you. Talk soon x
“In the Candle’s Glow”
Warm light coming from far below,
Twinkling, sparkling is the candle’s glow.
All is well up on the ridge,
The place we know as Rainbow Bridge.
Furbabies sleeping in heaven’s light,
Tended by candles in the night.
Peaceful dreams be theirs to keep,
As they slumber in this night so deep.
Hearts on earth that miss them so,
Take comfort in the candle’s glow.
Watching for them in skies above,
Bound eternally by a cord of love.
(Thank you Brendan and Cindy xo)