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The Mongol Rally.
Just saying those words conjures up Adventure, Snow capped Mountains, Dangerous river crossings, wild horses racing across the Steppe and Sea blue sky with Majestic Eagles, soaring as far as the eyes of a descendant of Genghis Khan can see.
If you want to live, breath and feel those thoughts then it's not going to be as simple jumping on a plane landing in Mongolia and wandering about like a tourist in your freshly ironed trousers and crease free shirt.
There's only one true way to get to Mongolia and that's to take part and complete, in one piece or even several broken parts the now infamous Mongol Rally.
The Where !
On July 14th 2012 a group of friends and strangers will be leaving Goodwood circuit for the adventure of thier life's Our journey will take us from Manchester in the North West of England down to Goodwood circuit in London and then a 3rd of the way across the world travelling East across western and Eastern Europe then on to the Middle East taking in Kazakhstan and a number of other "Stans" and then the mighty Russia before crossing into Mongolia and lastly crossing 2/3rds of this still wild land until we arrive in Ulan Bator the capital city of Mongolia.
Sounds Easy doesn't it ?
How about throwing a few obstacles in the way to make it just that little bit more of an adventure, for instance.
The Average distance to cover is 10,000 miles, across and around 11 to 17 countries in a approximately 3 to 5 weeks, depending amongst other things how long your held at the Eastern Borders for bribes and shall we say presents.
You drive that in a car with an engine the lower side of 1.2 litres, Micras, Saxos, Corsas, Pandas, Perodas you get the idea. It's the kind of car that Noddy used to drive around in, just enough room to breathe out in and it will proberly go over 50mph if you stick your arms out of the window and flap them vigorously back and forth while squeezing the steering wheel between your knees. Oh if your posh, or more insane than insane you can take an Ambulance or a fire engine to Mongolia instead but I'm afraid we are not posh and only mildly insane.
Once you leave the official Uk and Czech launch wake, sorry party, you better be carrying everything you need because you are officially "ON YOUR OWN" they do tell you it's an adventure after all.
The Why !
Why, Because we 're mad of course. What other reason would you need to take on a journey that I've only briefly touched upon so far.
Well, how about The challenge. The life experience. The chance to see so many different cultures in one trip. The satisfaction of driving a piece of junk a 3rd of the way across the world including Rivers deserts, mountains, steppes and of course the M25. The chance to convince a Russian border guard that you only have $5 dollars to your name when he's asking you for $200. you name it this adventure will have it all, good and bad.
The silver lining on this sure to be glorious but also some times cloudy trip will be that at the end, when we drive or crawl in to Ulan Bator is that we will have raised a heavy chest of much needed cash for two worthy and deserving charities, whilst of course at the same time, having the time of our life's.
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