Mongol Rally - The Ultimate Roadtrip

1 Inappropriate Car
2 Continents
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:

Driving to Mongolia Photo Essay on Everything Everywhere

Far From Home Podcast Episode 2 – I was interviewed about my experience in the Rally. But I recommend listening to the whole podcast as it’s a great one about Scott Gurian’s experience on the rally

The Mongol Rally Podcast with Sherry Ott

Read the stories below of 4 strangers driving from London to Mongolia in an small, inappropriate car from the beginning to the end…

Posts In This Series:

The Hardest, Longest, Slowest, Dirtiest Road Yet – Mongol Rally

Posted by on August 17, 2011

  Today sucked…really sucked.  I expected the hard, slow, dirty driving in the Mongol Rally, but I wasn’t expecting it today.   There really was no road except for some rubble that was more hardship than what it was worth.  So ingenious drivers made their own roads alongside the “official road.”  It was like a […]

The End of The Road – Mongol Rally

Posted by on August 16, 2011

After camping without much preparation the night before, all the teams got up, took down camp, and drove into the next town, Atyrau, where we promptly used my Lonely Planet digital guide to point us to a restaurant with breakfast. We were all starving, and the restaurant served a proper English breakfast. We inhaled it […]

Camping on the Mongol Rally

Posted by on August 19, 2011

  The best thing about camping on the Mongol Rally is peeing in the desert under the stars. It’s bliss. And it’s certainly better than Kazakhstan gas station bathrooms where you have to plug your nose and try to wipe the disgusting memory from your mind before it scars you for life! I’m not much […]

Bad Things do Happen on the Mongol Rally

Posted by on August 20, 2011

By the time this post goes live, I’m hoping that I will be close to entering Mongolia.  I feel (and hope) it’s at this point I can breath a small sigh of relief.  As we’ve traveled through Europe and Central Asia, I’ve been slightly on edge because driving a car through these parts of the world as […]

Kazakhstan’s Secret City – Astana

Posted by on August 22, 2011

astana kazakhstan

I expected poor roads, hot days, car issues, team disagreements, dirt, hunger, and communication challenges. But there was one thing I didn’t expect – Kazakhstan. The 9th largest country in the world has knocked me off my feet…my smelly, hot , dirty mongol rally feet. The environments and unfortunately road conditions in Kazakhstan change wildly […]

Our Car’s Health – Mongol Rally

Posted by on August 25, 2011

You know all about our Social Media Syndicate Team, but I’ve yet to introduce you to the heart, soul, and engine of our team…The Hot Box. Our car, the lovely Nissan Almera from Allways Rentals has been a peach.  She’s been termed the Hot Box because even though she has an air conditioner, it doesn’t […]