Made it to the top of Mt Nemrut 2000m up a steep mountain road to see some ancient statues - now to get back down again
GOING GOING GONGOLIA [Abandoned...] Team progress map 2006-07-30 11:04:15
first text sorry,will keep more up to date.Just left ankara heading for magic lands on the silk route.If can be avoided,DO NOT drive in turkey!!
the scallywags [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-07-30 10:36:25
DROVE THROUGH THE NIGHT AND NEARLY AT ASTROKAN NOW
Mini Adventure (The B Team) [Completed...] 2006-07-30 10:20:20
Had repeating prob with the new points we put in in germany. Back 2 old points which work. We'll have 2 do some serious bodging if it happens again!
Monkey Tank [Completed...] 2006-07-30 10:14:24
Just hit 3000miles from Glasgow! Have just spent a wonderful morning having breakfast with two ladies on their balcony. They just invited us in. Turkey is fab!
Team Twister [Abandoned...] 2006-07-30 10:00:55
Made it to russia.7 hour border crossing.$50 fine 100m into the country.shit day yesterday.In town today
Mongolian Taxi Service [Completed...] 2006-07-30 09:33:14
Well, volgograd was one giant dive. Not much to recommend it at all. On the bumpy road to astrakhan, about 250km from Kaz border.
Directionless [Completed...] 2006-07-30 09:16:02
Yeeha! Fixed and We're on the road. Met ukrainian boxing champ. Helped with car, absolute legend. Camped with 3 cars. Ed struggled with drinking games. Hehe.
Hillbilly Hotrod [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-07-30 09:08:41
turkey lots of hills/mountains. Iranian border tonight? Alex smells
Team Ramrod [Completed...] 2006-07-30 08:57:25
Donetsk. J failed breathalyzer. found mechanic. tired ukraine.
Up The Proverbial Creek [Abandoned...] 2006-07-30 08:45:09
Apparently he is not a farmer... In his own words he is the 'sheriff'. Time to get the hell out of Dodge!!!
Up The Proverbial Creek [Abandoned...] 2006-07-30 08:35:05
Woken up by a Glock toting farmer who wants us off his property.All good until the illusive paddle's engine fails to start.Stripping engine.Fun
Island Monkeys [Completed...] 2006-07-30 08:34:41
chucking our europe map today as we have driven off the edge of it. Still on roads of sorts but going off piste soon which is when things will get tough...
Flashmen [Abandoned...] 2006-07-30 08:26:49
Flashmen encountering problems near the Iran border - seems we have misplaced a passport and John may have to abort - team morale very low
Next stop mongolia [Completed...] 2006-07-30 08:21:33
Made russia border crossing in 3hrs. now 11.15am and on route to st peters. had to stop for 2hrs kip as all over the road! car still sweet as a nut
The Last & The Ludicrous [Abandoned...] 2006-07-30 08:19:37
Gunna make a run for the kaza border and c how far we get. Bloody russian roadworks! They dont seem to like their street signs either....
Team Dairy Devil [Completed...] 2006-07-30 08:11:37
Pulled over for an offence unknown in ukraine. Bribe haggled down from $100 to jamie playing Hey Jude on his guitar.This is no joke. Other teams should try this
Up The Proverbial Creek [Abandoned...] 2006-07-30 08:09:01
Woken up by a Glock toting farmer who wants us off his property.All good until the illusive paddle's engine fails to start.Stripping engine.Fun fun fun
Mongolian Taxi Service [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-07-30 07:51:37
On the road between volgograd and astrakhan.
Boulder Mobile [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-07-30 07:44:08
just leaving Istanbul now. Amazing city!
Boulder Mobile [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-07-30 07:42:13
Boulder Mobile [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-07-30 07:40:05
bucarest -everybody loves the 2cv
Pedal Faster [Completed...] 2006-07-30 07:35:16
At georgian border. Have left behind european loos and face several weeks of pits
Mongol Rally Madness [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-07-30 06:43:00
decided to break camp late last night after two tents were set upon by something! So drove for a few hours. Trying to get to russia now.
Bravo5 [Completed...] 2006-07-30 06:15:04
We left early. Camp about 50km from Volgograd but not seen from road. We now about 250km from Astrakhan. Fine sunny day. All going well in Kzstan tonight!
Send A Rhino [Abandoned...] 2006-07-30 06:14:32
Stayed in some Ukrainian farmers field last night. Thought he was coming over to tell us off this morning but he bought us honey and sweet tea!
Bn pulled x3 in as many hrs, gun toteing copper's wanting dolla's, all v exciting. Local pub & grub insured a top nite 2 which we celebrate our no bribes policy
Mini Adventure (The B Team) [Completed...] 2006-07-30 04:48:24
In kazakstan just past the border and car totally died. Found points werent opening. Good job vic was there to offer advice! Ian sorted points, all good!
Mini Adventure (The A Team) [Completed...] 2006-07-30 04:36:12
Well the b team have broken down again looks like the points may have caused the problem lets hope donkey can sort it a team to the rescue
Fuel? 2006-07-30 04:10:39
NWA were right, been pulled over by the police three times this morning!
Kahn It Be Done? [Completed...] 2006-07-30 01:46:07
Just got into russia after spending over 3 hours filling out cyrillic forms at checkpoints 10m apart. Pulled over for a few vodkas and sleep.
Fuel? Team progress map 2006-07-30 01:43:35
all fun & games here! Its 4.30am, took a wrong turning and then stopped by police who checked ALL paperwork. All good tho and back on right rd!
Mongol Dragons [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-07-30 00:27:38
Camping in astrakan tonight with fiat uno guys. Heading for kaz tomorow. Saw a camel today!!
Up The Proverbial Creek [Abandoned...] 2006-07-30 00:21:38
The highs and lows of the Rally: Serbian quarry one night,Turkish Presidential Suite the next,and now a field in the back end of nowhere near Samsun!
The russian police really need to get out more. Grumpy gits.
Slikroute [Abandoned...] 2006-07-29 23:01:17
Crossed the bosphorous.Hello asia.Just pulled over near ankara.Im so so tired i'd rather reject jessica simpsons advances on me in favour of sleep.Nighty night
Team Jager [Abandoned - returned...] 2006-07-29 22:11:35
over a thousand mile, thirty hour drive putS us sleeping in a car park north of risa. joys
The Scenic Pandas [Completed...] 2006-07-29 22:04:47
Just bailed camp site in woods at 11pm because we were shit scared of something in woods. Every one is fine though just shaken up
Mongol Minis - White [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-07-29 21:44:43
Sat on the russian border after a long day driving up through ukrane. Only stopped once by police, for a dubious driving offence... Cash in back pocket.
Team Desert Penguins [Completed...] 2006-07-29 20:24:59
Sat with a beer 4 a change in a field, tents up, friends about brilliant! Been swimmin in t black c today, it was gorgeous. Bring on russia 2moro
The Last & The Ludicrous [Abandoned...] 2006-07-29 20:06:35
Finally all through border, only 5 or 7 hours! Full car search, not enough stamps for our liking! Time to find somewhere to sleep...
Bravo5 [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-07-29 19:53:02
camped out near Volgograd with 5 other teams-after seeing no one for days! Catkin's purse $20 lighter after an impromptu donation to police social fund
Mongol Mystery Machine [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-07-29 19:48:58
Spent last night in an odessa hotel- camping in ukraine tonight after a dip in the black sea. On to russia tomorrow! Jess has welts
Team Loaded [Abandoned...] 2006-07-29 19:19:54
Arrived in Lille.Its like a French Croydon.Stopped 4 a rest.Oil for trottermobile, 13 french lagers each for drivers.140 miles completed in 7 days.Excellent.
pandarama.co.uk [Abandoned...] Team progress map 2006-07-29 18:40:13
Waiting in limbo between UA and RUS border. Convoy of 4 other teams been here since 2.00 and just going through now! 8.30pm...
Island Monkeys [Completed...] 2006-07-29 18:36:41
In ukraine about 2 cook dinner with ub's, directionless & smoking dragon down a sandy track. Got stopped for speeding & got away with it. Easier than yesterday
Fuel? 2006-07-29 18:32:49
Two policemen, four passers by, three shop workers, a drunk, five maps and 5 hours later, i think we have nearly got out of moscow....
Nervous Breakdown [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-07-29 18:31:20
been thru moscow this morn. Heading towards penza tonight. Kazakh border sun night. some1 tx about time zones? Feels long way from home now.
Spanish bullfighters [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-07-29 18:27:44
astracan atyrau. 392 km. 5 h en frontera kazajstan. China en la luna. Problemas mecanicos en desierto.
Nervous Breakdown [Completed...] 2006-07-29 18:08:56
Been thru moscow today, now half way towards al
Bonkers Bovine [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-07-29 17:54:48
Crossed into Russia at Rostof border. Now heading cross country to top of Caspian sea.
Mongol Mocha [Completed...] 2006-07-29 17:45:40
Camping in random russian field. what i learnt today- how to make a bbq out of a shopping basket.
See You In A Bar In Ulaanbaatar [Abandoned...] 2006-07-29 17:45:00
Waiting 2 get into russia near luhansk. 5 hours and counting despite it being quiet! Commies...
Up The Proverbial Creek [Abandoned...] 2006-07-29 17:42:20
Had to pull over, again, beast started jerking and juddering at 50 mph, already had diff issues is this related? Call 00447799884491 to help! Cheers
Smokin Dragon [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-07-29 17:38:44
Crossed border, no major issues. Camped by estuary. Beautiful, but loads of mozzys. Got some sleep. Running out of tyres. Getting new ones.
The Last & The Ludicrous [Abandoned...] 2006-07-29 17:36:43
Just got to russian passport control. Been god knows how long. Only allowing 1 car at a time. 1 ahead and now 5 ralliers behind....
Mini Adventure (The B Team) [Completed...] 2006-07-29 17:32:55
After a lot of waiting we are now in Kazakhstan! A respectable distance i think. Set up camp in a minute then dinner time!
Mongol Rally Madness [Completed...] 2006-07-29 17:32:15
Just camping in ukraine tonight as all are tired. Going to try to get to russia by tomorrow night.
Marcos Polo [Completed...] 2006-07-29 17:29:39
Heading to Nordkapp along the Arctic Highway. Amazing fojrd and snow capped mountain scenery. Our wind screen has become a bug graveyard!
The Lumley Run. Episode 2 [Completed...] 2006-07-29 17:14:26
Not quite shoestring rally banter, but we thought we ought to let you that we're in the highest bar in moscow tucking into the G & T's, oops. Last point of lux!
Mini Adventure (The A Team) [Completed...] 2006-07-29 16:55:36
Well we're finally in kazakstan after so much effort at the boarder but its all good thank god 4 shirards
Mongol Mocha [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-07-29 16:45:18
still in convoy with the 2daves, trish and wayne and jamie and frank. Got a couple of other cars with us too.
Health & Safety [Abandoned...] 2006-07-29 16:37:14
In poland in the pissing rain. Footwell of jeep got 2 inch of water. Fuse box about to short circit and fry us. All good in da hood!
YAKATAK Blue [Completed...] 2006-07-29 16:13:55
Arctic is desolate and beautiful. Dodging reindeer on the empty roads! Heading for Nordkapp.
the scallywags [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-07-29 15:55:44
MOSCOW LAST NIGHT SAW LENIN'S CORPSE. WELDED EXHAUST
Team Ramrod [Completed...] 2006-07-29 15:27:37
Mini in shop til Monday so we are breaking convoy and heading for Russian border. Best of luck to the fellowship!
Up The Proverbial Creek [Abandoned...] 2006-07-29 15:23:57
Cruising down the highway heading for the Black sea after being rinsed for fuel at Â£1.36 a litre.Trying to hold on to these moments as they pass.
Team Dairy Devil [Completed...] 2006-07-29 15:21:37
Would you belive it, team dairydevil caught speeding!fines are negotiable in the ukraine... On route for mother russia, could be there by nightfall.
Team Jager [Abandoned - returned...] Team progress map 2006-07-29 15:16:36
now in lithuania, hoping to reach latvia's north west coast today then onto estonia tomorrow and then russia!
The Mongol Frauds [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-07-29 15:15:52
anyone on S route who has crossed into asia and fancies a drink:07814582276. the hedgehog spines lodged in our tyres may cause us grief soon!
Team F1NSPCC [Abandoned...] 2006-07-29 15:06:51
Left the beauties in Odessa and heading 4 Russia, fed watered and ready 2 put some miles on the clock.
The Illusive Paddle [Completed...] 2006-07-29 15:05:15
Just been heavily touched by BP, a mere Â£1.35 a litre only 500 yards from the bloody refinery, thieving bastards! What happened to purportedly oil rich Turkey!
much needed rest in goreme, thanks to swimming pool, showers, cheap pizzas and beer. Have cracked our heads on the boot about 50times though!
Dave and Marc-O-Polo [Abandoned...] 2006-07-29 14:52:37
After 6hrs and 100s of forms we made it into russia! Hope to be in volgograd/astrachan over the next few days.anyone nearby ring/txt 07969992361. Dave&marc
The Last & The Ludicrous [Abandoned...] 2006-07-29 14:39:17
Currently in no mans land, russian border moving very slowly. Hopefully wont b long.
Mini Adventure (The B Team) [Completed...] 2006-07-29 14:21:31
We're in no mans land between russia and Kazakhstan. Slept in the cars again last night. Lorry driver here thinks we'll really struggle
The Scenic Pandas [Completed...] 2006-07-29 14:15:35
Left odessa this morning on way to russia. John loved odessa x
Team progress map 2006-07-29 13:49:30
darn it, didnt get chicken, did get very lost tho. Specially on the tube which only has 3 lines!
poland - hearse just been rammed in queue into poland - amazingly driver behind failed to spot our highly inconspicuous vehicle!
The Illusive Paddle [Completed...] 2006-07-29 13:30:37
Just crossed the Bos, 'Welcome to Asia', most possibly with carbon monoxide poisoning. On to Samsun and the coast, looking forward to that swim!
The Smith Monkey Madness [Completed...] 2006-07-29 13:24:56
we're just over the border of georgia having lunch!
Mongol Blues [Completed...] 2006-07-29 13:24:36
Just towed blue lightning back 5 miles to last town as there clutch had gone. Turns out a connecting bolt had sheared, should only take 4 hours to fix
OB1 2 GOBI [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-07-29 13:22:40
Up The Proverbial Creek [Abandoned...] 2006-07-29 13:09:38
We're in Asia! The Rally starts here!
Up The Proverbial Creek [Abandoned...] 2006-07-29 13:07:58
Crossing the Bosphorous now!!!
Monkey Tank [Completed...] 2006-07-29 12:58:29
Driving through the mountains to the Black Sea. Such beautiful & dramatic scenery! Bobo coping well with the mountain climbs too!
Marcos Polo [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-07-29 12:22:52
got here after 27hour drive in the end-arse of romania. On 2 ankra......
Mongolian Taxi Service [Completed...] 2006-07-29 11:56:03
In a hotel in volgograd. With two of the cutest receptionists ever,a nearby bar and a desire to remove illegal amounts of dirt, it seemed a good plan.
Mongol Rally Madness [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-07-29 11:48:27
had a great night out in oddssa last night. Lots of stories! Trying to head to russia now but going wrong way!
Mongol Mocha [Completed...] 2006-07-29 11:33:44
Just seen first bear of the trip- and first camel. In russia, headin for volgograd then to astrakhan.
YAKATAK Blue [Completed...] 2006-07-29 11:23:56
Lost a day fixing cars. Amazing people. Bug is making us friends where ever we go! Back on the road. Just rolled across the Arctic Circle.
Dave and Marc-O-Polo [Abandoned...] 2006-07-29 11:13:09
Any teams in russia today?Any chance of you giving us a ring? We were planning volgograd then astrachan but are open to suggestions.thanks.dave&marc.07969992361
Send A Rhino [Abandoned...] 2006-07-29 11:00:16
Woo hoo, we've found two other teams- going in convoy to Russia now. Huge moral boost but they havent quite got into the rally overtaking spirit yet!
Up The Proverbial Creek [Abandoned...] 2006-07-29 10:30:02
Shaved and shawn in the Grand Bazaar... Feel and look human again. Next stop Samsun via Red Bull stunt racing on the Bosphorous.
Dave and Marc-O-Polo [Abandoned...] 2006-07-29 10:12:13
Been Qing to get in russia for 2hrs and looks like its gonna be a lot longer.were hoping for kazak 2moro but dunno if russia will even have let us in by then!
Pedal Faster [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-07-29 10:05:17
TURKMEN VISAS latest from UK embassy: will be no news until Tuesday. Advise not to got to border without visa. Too late for us so not going through Iran
Team Snailracer [Completed...] 2006-07-29 09:41:14
Ten dollars to fix two punctures. Up yours quick fit! Next stop volgograd.
Hillbilly Hotrod [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-07-29 09:31:52
istanbul excellent! Spent a day an a half now moving of to iran!
Mongol Mary [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-07-29 09:13:15
Team Twister [Abandoned...] 2006-07-29 09:03:35
Estonia has the most beautiful women ever. We are going to move here.off to st p'burg today,fingers crossed the border is ok. Peta and cyril
The Illusive Paddle [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-07-29 08:19:09
About 2 leave the Bul having failed 2 find checkpoint like every team. Off 2 Samsun having watched Red Bull stunt flying on Bosphorous.
Mongol Blues [Completed...] 2006-07-29 08:12:57
Good sleep in hotel with commie propaganda over entrance. on road to russian border with three cars. mini getting fixed. they'll catch up at border.
The Last & The Ludicrous [Abandoned...] 2006-07-29 08:06:45
Not far from the border. Stopped at some greasy spoon- very nice waitresses in very short skirts leads us to suspect soup isnt all this place serves...
Mongol Mary [Completed...] 2006-07-29 07:40:29
7 hours in a que, 1 hour at the bored then stopped by the russian police before we'd done a mile. Awesome!
Bravo5 [Completed...] 2006-07-29 07:25:37
Have just stopped for smoko with snailracers & mongoliantaxi. Swapped bribe stories! Carrying on for Volgograd now. Need petrol soon... Jeep still in one piece
Marcos Polo [Completed...] 2006-07-29 07:04:01
Yakatak were slowin us down wiv their fanbelt issues, we'l meet dem at nordkapp. Now canin it to tromso to catch post office dodgin reindeer.
Black and Blue [Completed...] 2006-07-29 06:49:36
Spent the night in Odessa then headed for the Russian boarder got held up helping another team and ended up sleeping in the car
Black and Blue [Completed...] 2006-07-29 06:42:20
Moldova is a place to be avoided they let you in but then rip you off on the way out
Directionless [Completed...] 2006-07-29 06:15:36
In hotel in mykolajiv. Shower at last! May have sourced parts for smoking dragon. On road today hopefully. Need to get on. Can someone text me if this works?
Mongolian Taxi Service [Completed...] 2006-07-29 06:10:04
Dad drove straight through a police checkpoint. That'll be $9 into the hat of your friendly local copper. Silly twit,
Spanish bullfighters [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-07-29 03:40:38
volgogrado astracan. 650 km. A las puertas de kazakhstan! Ducha provisiones un par de oraciones y al desierto.
Goldy Looking Micra [Completed...] 2006-07-29 03:12:10
Made it into kaz border guards excellent cost us a bottle of pimms after finding secure place to park and telling us about bandits
The Last & The Ludicrous [Abandoned...] 2006-07-29 01:11:21
Given up 2nites drive, 5 drifting cars not gd! Sleeping in a petrol station about 3 hrs from border...
Mongol Dragons [Completed...] 2006-07-29 00:57:45
Took 5 hrs but we are back in the ussr!! Border guard said a fiat uno passed through earlier today so hopefuly we can catch them at kaz border!
The Hearse Flies [Abandoned - but finished without car...] Team progress map 2006-07-29 00:40:44
just east of frankfurt 1.30am - hearse flies settling down for 1st night on coffin deck, too tired to be spooked! Night night!
Up The Proverbial Creek [Abandoned...] 2006-07-28 23:34:04
Have just been presented with a Galatasaray scarf by a fantastic Turkish chap who played minnow football at Juventus! Thats that best bit!
Trying to get into russia and been put at the back of a massive que. All this to get into a s##t hole.
The Last & The Ludicrous [Abandoned...] 2006-07-28 22:33:12
Susp sorted, fitted standard parts, only lost about an inch clearance. Back on the road with the joint task force, hate this city!
Mongol Blues [Completed...] 2006-07-28 22:28:28
Staying in some Shining like motel halfway between kiev and rostov. beats the abandoned gas station run by the police that half the teams are in
GO MONGOL [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-07-28 21:36:35
crikey this is stupid. Anyway doing well despite ukraines best efforts to destroy vehicle. Good food and beer so all happy. Kiev beckons. . .
See You In A Bar In Ulaanbaatar [Abandoned...] 2006-07-28 21:31:31
In a layby in char'kov UA. Scamp has broken rear suspension. All 4 cars taking punishment.
Team Desert Penguins [Completed...] 2006-07-28 21:22:27
Had mixed day, finally escaped moldova after bein detained by customs wantin bribes! Swanky hotel 2nite tho in odessa cars still good!
pandarama.co.uk [Abandoned...] Team progress map 2006-07-28 21:10:58
Overnight stop in a maize field @ 11.50pm - roads difficult in dark unless one has ESP, a death wish, or is the Stig...
Fiesta Fun Truck [Completed...] 2006-07-28 21:02:50
After night out in moscow + 1st bed + shower of trip in hotel reminiscent of the shining, we're speeding over potholes towards kazak border,only 700 kms to go
Mongol Dragons [Completed...] 2006-07-28 20:47:58
Jst paid $30 to get out of ukraine as dave hadnt had his passport stamped on the way in... Stuck in nomansland now as our russian visas dont start til midnight!
The Last & The Ludicrous [Abandoned...] 2006-07-28 20:32:49
Sat in mcds in some god awful city, cultured as ever. Locals loving the scamp, whole place dodgy as fuck tho. Definately not spending a nite here!