We are less than 70 days until launch and things are coming along nicely for Team Seemed!
Thanks to generous support from friends and family we have raised $896 for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research! This puts us over half way to our goal of $1500! Special shout out to Friendship Masonic Lodge #160 A.F. & A.M. for their generous purchase of 10 t-shirts! Have you purchased your shirt yet? If not, click hereto make a donation and leave your shirt size in the comments. We'll get a shirt out to you ASAP!
We are also one step closer to being officially legal to drive! We received the title to our little Rascal in the mail last week! That means one less thing to try to explain at border crossings! Now we just need some insurance. For some reason no one is terribly interested in insuring our vehicle for this trek. Something about the words "rally" and Mongolia have them spooked. Either that or these stats from two years ago were not too reassuring...
Our biggest obstacle right now is the search for spare parts. It turns out that parts are difficult enough to come up with for the vehicle in the UK, The parts are downright unheard of in Kyrgyzstan making any repairs that much more difficult (and likely to fail 30 km down the road)! So we are on the lookout for another cheap Rascal we can cannibalize. Hopefully we can find one with a working engine, four good wheels, and some springs, and maybe some spare mechanical pieces, and, well, basically an entire vehicle we can cram inside our already cramped vehicle. Better safe than stranded!
Our visas seem to be coming along. We ran into a bit of a snag with Russia. There is a rule that you have to have 6 months worth of time left on your passport after you leave a country in order for them to issue a visa. My six months is a mere 2 days after I am scheduled to leave Russia. I think that was cutting it a bit too close for them! There was some back and forth between the Russian embassy, the Visa Machine (the people who are doing the heavy lifting on our visas), and myself. I think we have it all sorted out. I hope so because the clock is ticking and I really need to get into and out of Russia twice before the end of August!
That's all for now. I'll update you as soon as I have more news!