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 developed 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 […]

Minor Repairs – Mongol Rally

August 30, 2011 7 Comments »

The car is taking a beating.  I honestly can’t really believe that it still starts for us every morning. We have taken it through rivers We have taken it over bridges that appear to be made with toothpicks We have camouflaged it in dust so it fits in with the Gobi We have determined that […]

The Real Adventure Begins – Mongol Rally

August 29, 2011 5 Comments »

Some quick and dirty updates from the road in Mongolia.  Since there is virtually no internet that we can use in Mongolia – I will have to fill in all the details of Mongolia once we make it to Ulaanbaatar and I can actually sit and write.  So for now…hopefully pics and small updates will […]

My ride in a Kazakhstan Police Car – Mongol Rally

August 26, 2011 18 Comments »

We had heard from other teams on Twitter that the police checkpoints outside of Astana were a bitch.  But we couldn’t stay in Astana forever – we had to press on.  Up until this point we had avoided any real major run ins with police and bribes by simply playing dumb, and sometimes ignoring their […]

Our Car’s Health – Mongol Rally

August 25, 2011 5 Comments »

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 […]

The Best Laid Plans – Mongol Rally

August 24, 2011 2 Comments »

  I don’t think any Mongol Rally team has actually made a plan and stuck to it.  The rally throws you too many curve balls to be able to do that.   We had our first curve ball in Kazakhstan…it was called time.  We drove into Aktobe on considerably better roads.  At one point, they […]

The Birth of Kazakhstan Tourism – Mongol Rally

August 23, 2011 9 Comments »


“You tourist?” This is the most asked question of us in Kazakhstan. The crazy thing is that it’s asked everywhere; on the street, in hotels, and even as we are driving down the street other cars will slow down, roll down their windows and ask the popular question. It’s been a long time since I’ve […]

Kazakhstan’s Secret City – Astana

August 22, 2011 11 Comments »

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 […]

Setting Up Camp – Mongol Rally

August 21, 2011 4 Comments »

  The Social Media Syndicate shows off their camping skills   This is my favorite team photo to date!  We rolled into this dried out lavender field while the sun was setting and quickly jumped to action setting up camp before we lost the light.  This was our 3rd night of camping in a row […]

Bad Things do Happen on the Mongol Rally

August 20, 2011 1 Comment »

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 […]

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