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August 26, 2017

To quote Great Big Sea: "I'll spare you all the gruesome details and just relay the end."  We got to Ulan Ude after the finish line closed and had to finish the following day.  For twelve of the fist fourteen years the Mongol Rally finished in Ulaanbataar, Mongolia.  H...

August 26, 2017

We rolled in to Ulaanbataar around 11am and were immediately overwhelmed by the traffic.  The capital city of Mongolia, Ulaanbataar is home to over 1.3 million people or almost half of the entire population of Mongolia!  After a week of traveling thought tiny towns and...

August 25, 2017

My fourth day in Mongolia dawned cold and overcast, but at least the rain had stopped.  The streets of Bayankhongor were still flooded, but the water was receding.  With any luck, we would make Ulaanbataar (the spiritual finish line ofthe Mongol Rally) by 9pm and the d...

August 25, 2017

I woke up the morning of the third day to a strange sound...rain.  The previous two days had been (other than the border crossing) clear and bright.  But the rain had settled in over central Mongolia and a fierce wind was whipping up as well.  This did not bode well fo...

August 24, 2017

After my brisk morning shower, I packed my belongings and went out to the Rascal.  It was much less cluttered since I had ejected so much stuff at the Russian border.  However the bumpy roads still managed to defeat my organizational structures (another box was smashed...

August 24, 2017

My first plan for crossing Mongolia was to take a northern route I had marked on my map.  I thought that the cooler temperatures would be good for the Rascal, and there were plenty of gas stations marked on my map.  However, after showing my planned route to a person w...

August 19, 2017

After bombing my way across Kazakhstan’s terrible roads and wide open sky (and having my fair share of run ins with the police) I made it to the Russian border.  It was a surprisingly small outpost.  I had expected long lines and interminable waits, but it actually mov...

August 18, 2017

The moment we crested the last mountain range in Kyrgyzstan, everything changed. To quote the 70’s band, America, “There were plants and birds and rocks and things…”. So much new to look at!  The mountains had trapped the clouds on the Kyrgyzstan side of the border, pr...

August 16, 2017

Pamir - day 1 (or, take the shitty road)

The Pamir Highway is one of the ancient Silk Road routes connecting China to the West.  It winds its way through mountain,s along rivers and streams, creating an easier path from Bishkek and Osh to Dushanbe and Bukhara.  Traders...

August 11, 2017

One of the first words I learned back in Serbia after pumping diesel into the Rascal was “Benzin”.  This was the word for gasoline that transcended language and national barriers.  AS I have continued my travel out of Europe and in to Asia, the word has continued to ho...

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