After 5 weeks on the road we made in to Ulaan Baatar. The car didn’t make it and the team didn’t arrive at once but all crossed the finish line and that’s what we set out to do.
The story of this journey wasn’t as well documented as I hoped it would be. I’m going to set about writing up the story and post a condensed version on here when it’s completed.
Okay, so it's nearly 3 weeks since we set off from the Festival of Slow at Goodwood, UK and I'm embarrassed that this is my first post. Internet access has been very limited so far meaning text updates to our facebook page or twitter accounts will be more frequent, you can follow these on the right hand side of the page.
The rally is going really well, the car is holding strong, people have been really friendly, border crossings have been relatively smooth and the people along the way have been the best. Sat in a hotel in Samarkand, Uzbekistan at the moment enjoying a rare time not sleeping in the car. Just getting over a week of being sick right now so I'm feeling in a good state to hopefully head into Kazakhstan tomorrow as we enter our last 3 countries!
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With a matter of days (4 to be precise) until the rally starts our car was looking a little dreary. I got in touch with Ian from Vinyl Art in Kent who kindly made her look slightly sexier for upcoming drive to Mongolia, all for free, so a massive shout to him. It's already caught people's attention and wondering what it is we're doing. Works like a treat then!
With a matter of days left before we set off on the rally we're busy getting the last few things sorted. At the weekend, the team were at Snowdon to support our charity, Back Up, and to cheer on team member Rich, who with the support of a local rugby team made it to the summit of Mount Snowdon – the highest mountain in England and Wales!
Massive thanks to friend of the team Suzie for making us a Back Up Bug (BUB for short) that will ride with us to Mongolia as team mascot!
There's just 9 days until we leave Goodwood and start the ultimate road trip to Mongolia! The car has been serviced, we have all our gear and now have a set of hand controls fitted at Jeff Gosling, who did inform me that they would not be making house calls to fulfill the warranty. I told them that even if the car is being used in Ulaan Baatar they should still look after there customers to retain customer loyalty!
Getting a pop up tent for the rally seemed like a smart move. When we pull up to our camp spot (wherever that may be) on a night, I don't think that I'll want to be messing about putting up a tent. That's where our pop up tent comes into play. Up in a matter of seconds and down in a matter of seconds, once you get the hang of it!
I took a trip to Covent Garden on Friday to visit Stamfords, the recommended retailer for maps by The Adventurists. This shop was three floors of map filled shelves covering (what appeared to be) the entire world). First stop was up to the first floor to check out maps of Europe, there were plenty to choose from all offering slightly different things, scale etc. I decided to go for the map that would show us to the eastern end of Turkey.
Next it was down to the basement for central asia. I was impressed and slightly surprised to find that we only needed two maps to get to our final destination in Ulaan Baatar, one being Mongolia and the other Kazakhstan which covers the majority of our route, from Tehran all the way to the western Mongolian border. Along with the compass that was delivered a few days ago, there's nothing to stop us finding our way to the finish line!
Got a groovy little GPS device in the post on Friday. The SPOT GPS Messenger will allow you lovely folk to follow our adventure in real time and view a map of our current location. It also has an SOS button in case the shit hits the fan!
Click here to watch the >>>>> SPOT GPS Messenger Video
I've finally got round to getting my International Drivers Permit sorted. It was quite an easy job at the post office, and in all honesty, doesn't look that official. But sometimes, in the countries we'll be travelling through, a bit of paper like this is all the desk jockeys need to let you pass.
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