It’s hard to put into words what those last 20km were like as we drove into Ulaanbaatar. All I can say is that is wasn’t easy. It was actually some of the worst roads and construction we had experienced. There was no real time to relax and soak up the moment, as we had to be on the ball as we tried to navigate the crowded streets of Ulaanbaatar to the finish line. Here’s our arrival in Ulaanbaatar in pictures:
We made it…we really made it.
9,000 Miles, 2 continents, 13 countries, 5 weeks, 3 flat tires, 1 broken shock, countless beers, many new friends, and $5,000 for the Christina Nobel Foundation.
We have arrived!
If these posts about the Mongol Rally have at all intrigued you and you have thought, “I think I would like to do that” – then I have an opportunity for you. One of my good friends, Charlie Grosso did something completely impulsive after following my team’s progress on the rally – she signed up for 2012. She has no plan, no teammates, and no idea about cars…which is perfect if you ask me. If you think you have the guts to try something crazy next summer – she’s looking for teammates so be sure to contact her at CharlieGros[email protected] or you can find her at @charliegrosso on twitter. She’s fearless…she’ll rock the Mongol Rally 2012 – come one…I know you want to join her.
I finished the rally – listen to my post race podcast from Heather on Her Travels – Mongol Rally Podcast and get the low down on how it all went from my lips to your ears!
By Matt September 27, 2011 - 6:32 am
Congratulations! What a journey. This is on my list of things to do the next time I’m based someplace closer – this and Burning Man!
By Sherry September 29, 2011 - 10:17 am
Ohhh – you said the magic words…Burning Man – I’ve always wanted to go! Keep the MOngol Rally on your list – it won’t disappoint! Thanks for following!
By NLM September 27, 2011 - 10:03 am
Oh, man–I would love that…
By Ted September 27, 2011 - 11:41 am
Congratulations to you and your team! What an amazing adventure. Thanks for sharing!
By [email protected] September 27, 2011 - 11:51 am
Big CONGRATULATIONS! It’s been fun to follow along on your monumental adventure.
That final pic of the team is great, but… how come there’s only 3 of you? I mean, surely there was someone nearby that could snap one of all 4 of you, yes?
By Sherry September 29, 2011 - 10:16 am
Thanks Dyanne! So glad you had fun following our nutty adventure! Only three of the four of us finished! We were running behind on our schedule and Rick had to fly home from Western Mongolia in order to catch his flight – so Dave, Deb, and I finished the last 5 days on our own!
By Nancy & Shawn Power... Inspiring YOU to Travel! September 27, 2011 - 3:10 pm
Thanks for all the posts on your journey. And although we enjoyed reading about your journey each day… that rally would be like a form of torture for us… Resort stays, now that we like. 🙂
Nancy & Shawn
By Sherry September 29, 2011 - 10:14 am
Thank YOU both for following. You were absolutely my most dedicated followers and commentors and I appreciate that so much. I wouldn’t be doing these things if I didn’t have people to follow along and hopefully be entertained. Everyone’s travel style is different – and there certainly are a bit nicer ways to travel through Mongolia…yet I am just the type to never pick the easy road. Thanks again!
By Bryony Hawkins September 27, 2011 - 6:42 pm
I have read every single one of these posts since you started the journey, and I can’t believe you’re doing these things for real! I compare what’s happened to me in the last 5 weeks with your journey, and it’s amazing what is possible for people to achieve! Thanks for the inspiring escapism! Will miss it
By Sherry September 29, 2011 - 10:12 am
I LOVE hearing from people who have read the whole thing. I often wonder if anyone was still reading after this long of a journey! 🙂 Our experiences seem tame compared to some other teams we met. It was definitely an epic adventure and has left me wondering what to do next. So happy you enjoyed it and hope you participate one day yourself…or at least get to Mongolia!
By Craig Zabransky September 28, 2011 - 7:26 am
Congrats! It was an amazing journey even for me following y’all… But one question remains, did you use more liters or petrol or beer?
Also, Mongolia remains tops my bucket list… Perhaps this is the way to make that happen.
Stay adventurous, Craig
By Sherry September 29, 2011 - 10:07 am
Thanks Craig for all of your support! Yes – Mongolia should be on your list – it’s a such a simple, beautiful place. If you ever decide to go – let me know and I have some good tips for you. However – if you are interested in doing the rally – I know some people looking for teammates!! As for your question about beer vs petrol…it’s a close one. Be we do know a team who put vodka in their engine…:)
By Donna Hull September 29, 2011 - 11:01 pm
Congratulations, Sherry, on this major travel accomplishment. What a wild adventure!
By Sarah September 30, 2011 - 11:43 am
So proud of all of you! Love the last picture of you in UB. Our own trip to Mongolia was in 2008 and your pictures brought it all back in living color for us. Thanks for that and for being the inspiration for us signing up for the Mototaxi Junket (another Adventurist trip) for Jan 2012. Congrats on a job well done!
By Rook09 March 1, 2013 - 2:06 am
I stumbled upon your blog, and had to finish it in one sitting. Every single post of your Mongol Rally journey was amusing. What an adventure! It isn’t just the countries you visited that amaze me, but people like YOU, very special people, with guts and determination, with explorative minds, the 21st century Captain Cooks. Bravo!
By Sherry March 1, 2013 - 7:05 pm
Thanks for the nice comment! I love being called Captain Cook…much better than Tinker Bell!