Besides seeing lots of countryside, we also stopped in quite a few cities for supplies along the way. All the towns we stopped in seemed to be one of two types. Larger towns were very Soviet looking; a few apartment blocks, some rundown factories, central pipes above ground, and usually a market of some kind. Smaller towns were just collections of ramshackle houses usually with no central plumbing or heating. Electricity seemed to be around most of the time, although it wasn’t always available 24 hours a day. I got the impression that the smaller towns were actually the most fun. People seemed friendlier and more outgoing. In one town we stopped in, they were having a mini Naddam festival (the real one would be in two weeks in Ulaan Baator) and we got to watch some of the kids racing their horses. One thing I thought was interesting were the entrances to a lot of the cities. Usually there would be a monument or something similar, with an ovoo next to it. A lot of times, the monument itself would even be decorated with the blue streamers. One thing that cracked me up was an abandoned plane sitting near the airport of the town of Moron. It looks a lot like the Anatov biplane that was abandoned at the South Pole by the Russians a couple of years ago. I guess they don’t fly well no matter what the climate!