Driving in Mongolia

September 15, 2011 7 Comments »

driving mongolia

We get in the car, adjust the seat so that the pedal distance is just right, buckle up, and put two quarters in the slot. I choose three players, level of difficulty, my route, start the engine, hear the rumble of a muffler-less rally car, and I’m off…as if I’m in a video game. Driving […]

Mongolian Hospitality – Mongol Rally

September 13, 2011 17 Comments »

Mongolia

Once the sun came up, they started appearing. They were just puffs of dust off in the distance, and as they got closer, you could see 3 or 4 people squeezed on the motorcycle. They were curious about what two little tents and a car were doing in the flat, rocky landscape they call home. […]

Sink or Float – Mongol Rally

September 12, 2011 2 Comments »

river mongolia

When I was a kid, I used to have this thing called a ‘bubble’; it was made of Styrofoam in the shape of an oval about a foot long.  It was used for swimming…actually, it kept me from sinking.  The bubble was strapped around my waist and basically kept me afloat in the pool. I […]

Muffler Mayhem – Mongol Rally

September 9, 2011 3 Comments »

car repair

I took off driving today out of Khovd missing one important thing…Rick. He was unable to change his flights and we had to continue on without him while he flew to Ulaanbaatar. But the show must go on so Dave, Deb, and I plotted our course towards Altai. The driving started out ok for about […]

Slowing Down – Mongol Rally

September 8, 2011 6 Comments »

mongolia landscapes

Since we had made it into Mongolia – it was time to slow down and enjoy our surroundings. One problem was that Rick had to catch a flight. He hitchhiked a ride with another team to Khovd to try to sort out his flight issues while Dave, Deb, and I took a slow day of […]

The Mongol Rally Diet

September 7, 2011 11 Comments »

mongolia

“I’m starving!” I said as the Russian waitress brings out the menu with the usual cold grimace on her face. I eagerly open up the menu so that I can find something to eat, my eyes focus on the words and then it hits my brain; I have no idea what this menu says. The […]

Mongolia Freedom – Mongol Rally

September 6, 2011 5 Comments »

western mongolia

At 11AM a border guard walks across the parking lot carrying passports and some forms, looking official with a stern look on his face. All of the teams perk up, and eyes follow the official’s every move; each wondering who will get the ticket to freedom. The official doesn’t say a word, scans the license […]

Lost in the Mongol Rally

September 5, 2011 10 Comments »

We are traveling in Mongolia with a map that is five years old.  This normally wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but in a country where roads are only dirt, and they change every season as new tracks are made, this IS a big deal.  Every day, we start off confident in our direction.  […]

Border Bonding – Mongol Rally

September 2, 2011 6 Comments »

mongol rally teams

I had been looking forward to the Mongolia portion of the trip not only because it was the most adventurous and uncertain, but because I expected it to be the most social. Prior to this, rally teams were spread out all over Europe and Central Asia and about 75% of them would funnel through this […]

How To Wait at a Border – Mongol Rally

September 1, 2011 11 Comments »

Mongolia Border

They say patience is a virtue.  I’ve learned to develop my patience through traveling, but the border crossings on the Mongol Rally kick it up to a whole new level of patience that is required.  For our last border crossing, “Wait” is the word of the day…and night. This was it, our last border crossing […]