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Traveling with Strangers

October 25, 2011 18 Comments »

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Before I departed on the Mongol Rally, when I told people about what I was doing this summer they were surprised, but consistently it was one topic about the epic road trip that fascinated people most. It wasn’t the inappropriate car or the length of the trip. It wasn’t the fact that my team had […]

What’s it all for?

October 11, 2011 9 Comments »

Blue Skies Ger Village

As much as participating in the Mongol Rally was to satiate my need for adventure and something different – it had another purpose…a big purpose. It was for this….  For Them… These are some of the children who live at the Christina Nobel Foundation Blue Skies Ger Village in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. It serves as a […]

What Happens to the Car?

October 10, 2011 4 Comments »


The most frequent question I get asked is, “How did you get along with your teammates?”…which I will answer in a later blog post…have patience! But the 2nd question is always, “What did you do with the car?” That is the beauty of the Mongol Rally – the car is used to raise more money […]

The Finish Line – Mongol Rally

September 27, 2011 16 Comments »

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 […]

Ulaanbaatar in our Sights

September 26, 2011 4 Comments »

steppe Mongolia

I woke up giddy, excited, anxious, and a bit sad. This was it – our last day of the Mongol Rally. It started exactly 5 weeks earlier on a Saturday in London. Now here we were 300 km from Ulaanbaatar Mongolia’s finish line. The day started like any other; local visitors brought gifts of food […]

Mongolian Cloudscapes – Photography

September 23, 2011 15 Comments »

I believe that there is something very special about the Mongolian skies. Out of all of the countries I’ve been to, the skies in Mongolia are the most memorable. They are vast. They are the most perfect color blue. Even when they get angry and dark, they are perfect. They make me feel small. And […]

Shocking Tarmac – Mongol Rally

September 22, 2011 4 Comments »

kissing tarmac mongol rally

“What’s that smell?” asked Deb. “I don’t know, but I smell it too,” said Dave. “I don’t smell a thing,” I said from the back seat. We stopped to investigate under the car and the hood. We had already had a tire repaired again today in a little ger truck stop…but now we had only […]

Mongolian Malls and Mechanics

September 20, 2011 5 Comments »

mongolia flower

The first thing we did when we woke up was check the rear tire to see if it still had air. We already had one flat from the day before and had to put on our spare which had a slow leak in it – but it seemed to hold ok overnight…whew. We had 100km […]

Desert Illusions – Mongol Rally

September 19, 2011 4 Comments »

Gobi Desert flat

We slowly moved deeper into Mongolia where the foreign landscapes, people, and towns started to become normal to me. We were moving from western Mongolia into Central Mongolia and the Gobi Desert; from Altai to Bayankhongor. The landscapes changed dramatically as we left the Altai mountains and hills behind and had nothing but a perfectly […]

Tire Trouble – Mongol Rally

September 16, 2011 3 Comments »

Mongolia is flat…and so are our tires.  A little photo essay on our tire changes…and there were many.  The roads in Mongolia are brutal on tires…especially when you start out with rear ones that are bald already!  I seemed to be bad luck on the tires as we only got flats when I was driving.  […]