1 Inappropriate Car
4 Bloggers 15 Countries 9000 miles (14,500 km) Countless Flat Tires 1,000 Wrong Turns Hundreds of Dollars in Bribes Thousands of Dollars in Equipment and Travel
Yes, I really did this.
What is the Mongol Rally?
The Mongol Rally is an unsupported road rally (for charity) from London, England to Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia put on by the Adventurists. In July, 2011 four well-traveled, and some may say crazy travel bloggers set out on a 10,000 mile journey to Mongolia. This was no fluff press trip…this was us against the open road, in a car that was not meant to be driven to these lengths.
Crossing 10,000 miles over unforgiving deserts, perilous mountain ranges and non-existent roads, we will faced the possibility of bandits, breakdowns and corruption while navigating our way through 13 countries and 2 continents. Oh yes, and not a one of us had any mechanical knowledge.
Additional Interviews and Articles I’ve done About the Mongol Rally:
Have you ever worked so long and hard on something that you forgot what you were doing or why you were doing it? The idea of the Mongol Rally for me started back in June 2010; that’s when I found some teammates that agreed to come with me. Ever since then I’ve been working on […]
I had envisioned this for over a year. A regular car with stickers all over it as if were NASCAR. There’s something very liberating about doing what you are not supposed to do. Plastering the perfectly good little car in stickers is normally against the rules, but in the Mongol Rally it’s expected! In […]
Last Saturday was the kickoff to the Mongol Rally; a moment I had been waiting a year+ for. We were stopping for final auto supplies and then going to participate in the big kick off party properly named The Festival of Slow at Goodwood race track. After seeing other cars pull up in the Halford […]
We sped off from the Festival of Slow and drove a long day through 3 countries – the UK, France, and Belgium. We were invited to stay with my friends Alison and Andrew from the Expat blog Cheeseweb in Brussels that night. Boy oh boy did they put on a big welcome for us! First […]
Oh yeah…that’s right…we are in trouble now! This title might be a re-occurring one. This was the first time we were stopped by the police – but I’m sure it won’t be the last. These police men flagged us down (literally stood on the road and pointed to us to stop) in their small town […]
This was it – one of the main reasons I took on the Mongol Rally in the first place. I had been scared to drive in foreign countries on 4 wheels for a very long time now – but that was about to end. We left Brussels and I took the wheel for the first […]
It finally came…no more being hosted by generous bloggers and big spreads of food and drink. We are slowly driving out of our ‘area of online friends’ and into the unknown. This would be the first time we needed to break out the camping gear for the team as we were headed for the European […]
We drove into Prague after a cold night of camping. For all of us this would be our first trip to this historic city. We had just secured a great apartment in the Jewish Quarter thanks to Prague-Stay apartments – a place where we could get a good night’s sleep, great internet, and a perfect […]
Have you ever wondered why when you drive in a car in the UK or in the US the driver is always on the inside of the road so that when you meet another car the drivers are on the inside of the lane and the passengers are on the outside of the lane? Why […]
I must admit, the only thing I really knew about Romania when we blew threw the old abandoned border structure on the highway was that it was the homeland of Nadia Comaneci the gymnast. However I quickly learned that I was entering the world of Count Dracula thanks to numerous signs, and hotel names. I’m […]