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Page 14 near [[underlined]] monasteries [[/underlined]] for there the merchants settled who wanted to do business with the Lamas. From Sainbetze there is quite a good road through Tsetsenhan, Dalaiwan to Urga, the whole distance is 650 miles from Manchouli to Urga and that is the second road. The third and easiest road is by travelling further on the Siberian railway from Manchouli to Werchne-Udinsk and from there by aeroplane or Motor car straight to Urga or in Summer time from Werchne-Udinsk to Troiskosavsk by river boat on the Selenga river and from there to Urga by motor car. There is an aerodrome at Werche-Udinsk, they have two old Junker's planes and one new one. The fliers are excellent, occasionally they have to land in the middle of no where, sometimes even up a tree, but I never heard of a serious accident. I have flown in winter as well as in summer, during both seasons the trip is delightful. A German friend of mine who was a flier during the war told me, that for me, knowing nothing about flying and engines, it is not as unpleasant to travel on these delapidated planes, but he had agood ear for the different noises of the engine and always knew a few minutes beforehand, when there was something wrong with the movements of the engine and when the plane had to come down in any suitable or [[strikethrough]] [[?]] [[/strikethrough]] unsuitable place. He also had the opinion, that the brains of the flyer was in the seat of his trousers, as that part of the anatomy was the only one which is in actual touch with the plane. The plane crosses and re-crosses the river Selenga about 50 times between Werche-Udinsk and Troiskosavsk and every time you fly across the river the plane drops and as soon as you are over land again, it rises up, it's like being on a switchback all the time. I asked my friend how that is and he told me that the air is thinner over the water than over the land and that is the reason for the continuous up and down movement of the plane. In summer it is quite a pretty picture to watch the small steamers on the Selenga from the plane, little settlements of houses of traders and fishermen are alll
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