Stopped at Tourist Info for Davo to obligingly write a couple of questions for us in Mongolian about buying and repairing springs. Drove slowly and despondently along the 100km of bitumen back to Moron, past tepees of the Tsaatan, reindeer people.
Unlucky search on a Saturday afternoon, no ATM that worked, no tourist info. Cautiously drove around town streets in their abysmal condition, stopping at the grotty, as well as the better, auto workshops looking for new or 2nd hand springs or information. Picked up simpatico man who jumped in front and pointed way to auto part sellers, including black market, but no springs in town, even old truck ones. Gave up around 1.30pm and called into hotel for hot lunch and wifi. Contacted our Aussie friends Rick and John for info, and left messages for Earthcruiser, and FUSO in Ulaanbaatar. Rick tracked down Carrolls, Brisbane based modifier of EC springs - we decided we had no choice other than to order their customised springs to minimise recurring issues on the rest of the trip (we still have 900km of bone-jarring roads to exit Mongolia). John agreed to be our on ground representative and expedite our order. Reluctantly we accepted we will be here for a while...
With all business avenues exhausted for the weekend, we went to shallow river on outskirts of town and made camp. As if to makeup for our despondency the skies opened and gave us an amazing light show over the next couple of hours.