I was in the Gobi for a month looking for the Mongolian Death Worm as part of my cryptozoology expedition nonsense. Didn't find it. The place completely blew my mind though ... crazy stuff happening all the time. Spoke to a Russian scientist who told me completely seriously that he'd seen lightning strike a well in the deep desert & a dragon fly out of it & spiral off into the stormclouds. Mongolian tribesmen talking about digging dinosaurs out of frozen rivers & using them as food during the winter. More than bog-standard amazing shit. & crazy topography. Dodged six tornadoes in a jeep driving on a flat plain like a Dali landscape. Mistaking mountains for clouds. etc. & the Mongolians themselves are brilliant ... like a super-earthy weirdly shamanic mix of Russians, brawling Scotsman & Siberian shaman. They're tough as shit & really hilarious, with no sense of personal space. Plus they play ping-pong as well as the Chinese
You'd love it. The throat-singing alone makes it worth a trip.
That sounds AMAZING.
Did you encounter - or, dare I say, even ride? - Shai-Hulud?
Sounds like the kind of place where that could very well happen...