I want to wish a hearty welcome to all of the friends, family, and well-wishers that have visited the site recently and continue to do so everyday. I have been doing my best to get the word out about the upcoming trip. It’s tough to raise donations in this economy, but we’re going to do all we can in the next five months to raise as much as we can for our charity, Mercy Corps. If you haven’t donated yet, please take the time to do so. We still have a looong way to go until we reach our goal. It’s quick and easy to do, and every donation, no matter what amount, helps us out. Donate Now
Also, I would like to post a video of the Mongol Rally. I have compiled the below video from several separate ‘teaser’ clips of the recently released Official Mongol Rally DVD. This twenty-minute video takes a humorous look at the 2007 Mongol Rally. Give it a look-see and get a better idea of what the rally is all about.
In the Mongol Rally there is no set course—you choose whatever path you like. This leads to some teams choosing the southern route (Turkey, Armenia, Iran, etc.), and other teams choosing the northern route (Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan). This brings a whole new twist to the race. In a way picking the course is like being dealt a hand in texas hold em poker, you don’t know what you’re going to get but you have to keep on playing. I have chosen the northern route for our team. As much as I’d love to visit Iran (I actually would…), we’re going to go the ‘easier’ route, which just so happens to also be the cooler route (climate-wise).
I’ve gone ahead and loosely planned our route from Hyde Park in London all the way to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. It’s definitely not exact, and there will be changes, but this is what I’ve been thinking of doing. As of right now it looks like we’re going to be traveling through fourteen (or more) countries! If possible I’d like to visit Turkmenistan or Tajikistan…or both. But we’ll have to see how we’re doing, how our car is doing, and how much time we have at that point.
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