Sat 12 August- spectacular snowy mountains and passes. Have encountered trans-Siberia rally vehicles again. Camping near swamp-vicious mozzies, mad local
Bravo5 [Completed...] 2006-08-20 18:47:18
Friday 11 August- Front driveshaft removed in Olgii. Now only two wheel drive. Universal joint gone. nasty noises gone now. Finally have cash for petrol
Bravo5 [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-20 18:23:45
Friday 11 August- we've made it to Mongolia! Cold night spent camping in snow at border post. Scenery amazing! Heading toward Olgii to get cash &supplies
Team Dairy Devil [Completed...] 2006-08-20 16:52:33
Woke up with our tent literally covered in ice &car wouldn't start.Road deteriorated and our suspension snapped.Back on the road after welding but horrific day!
Boulder Mobile [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-20 16:46:37
just destroyed 2 wheels hitting a pothole on the way into irkutsk.
Team Desert Penguins [Completed...] 2006-08-20 15:49:34
Stuffs goin tits up, weathers turned, cars are fallin apart but amazingly we're still goin! 100k from Irkutsk, sure you'l rec the name Joe. Mong 2moro
Rogue Squadron [Abandoned...] Team progress map 2006-08-20 15:40:14
150km from the Mongolian boarder hopefully get there first thing tomorrow morning!
Mongol Blues [Completed...] 2006-08-20 15:37:34
It seems visas are no longer needed for international transfers at Beijing, shame as it'd have been fun to be deported.
Monkey Tank [Completed...] 2006-08-20 13:35:53
Made good progress today. Just reached our most Northerly point Kansk - on same lat as Inverness. Still wearing shorts & Tshirts. It's freezing!
Mongol Blues [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-20 13:03:49
Ewan, Iain, car and its mysterious clunking noise made it to ub on 17th. Now where is the pub?
Mongol Blues [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-20 12:58:53
on 16th left the crowd of curious onlookers at airport and headed towards lake baikal. Stopped there 4 lunch and then headed to the border,it was shut
Mongol Blues [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-20 11:45:32
On 15th drove from siberian forest to irkutsk to meet polo guys and give them a lift. No hotel at airport so slept in car park.
Team Marco Polo [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-20 10:09:49
crashed north oftaldykorgan. All fine including car. Other car was a bit of a mess though. Police decided we werent at fault. On 2 russia.....
Up The Proverbial Creek [Abandoned...] 2006-08-20 06:43:24
Bombing through Kyrgyz on the way to Bishkek absolutly stunning, just had ANOTHER boiled egg & cup of chai. Laters T&J
Rogue Squadron [Abandoned...] Team progress map 2006-08-20 06:28:44
on our way to ulan ude having lunch by lake bikal. Mongolia tomorrow hopefully woot!
Team Twister [Abandoned...] Team progress map 2006-08-20 06:07:04
powering through novosibirsk, sampling many russian crisps. So far avoided police and fines, but soon i am sure....
The Hearse Flies [Abandoned - but finished without car...] 2006-08-20 05:51:36
Kind siberian farmers took pity on us sleeping in the fiesta in the rain, and gave us milk and sesame seeds for breakfast! Now gunning for the finish!
Monkey Tank [Completed...] 2006-08-20 05:19:20
Making tracks through the forests of siberia. Pretty cold. Arnold is hanging out with bears.About 1400km to irkutsk.Slight change of route-time 2 short
YAKATAK Blue [Completed...] 2006-08-20 03:47:23
We have handed our car over to a childrens charity. Gutted to see it go, but the children looked happy and healthy, so we are happy to support them!
Team Mongol Shoebox [Completed - returned...] 2006-08-19 19:14:09
WE MADE IT! About to tuck into full english brekkie.
Team Tangerine [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-19 17:46:10
Mongolia at last! Crossed at Tsagaannuur. Amazingly beautiful mountains. Trusty Tangerinemobile misfiring. UB in 3 2 4 days.
Team Desert Penguins [Completed...] 2006-08-19 14:44:27
Waitin 4 panda again, adjustin leaf spring as anothers gone! Siberia's like a glorified Wykeham nursery, but much colder. Guy pooed himsen x
Rogue Squadron [Abandoned...] 2006-08-19 12:24:25
380km to irkutsk roads pretty sketchy at times. Cant wait to get out of russia
celtic chancers [Completed...] 2006-08-19 11:16:04
We've exchanged poor kazak rds 4 v. poor russian ones. Tough & slow going! Amazed @ what the mighty fiesta can take. Grrr! Fingers up 2 all 4x4s!
GB Yak Polo [Completed...] 2006-08-19 10:29:07
We've made it, got in at 6 last night, just in time for the party. 9500 miles in a milk van, outstanding! Thanks to everyone at home and en route for ur help x
Team Mongol Shoebox [Completed - returned...] 2006-08-19 08:13:17
With Successful queue jumping, Mongol shoebox has made it into mongolia!! Heading for ub.
Team Twister [Abandoned...] Team progress map 2006-08-19 06:22:49
now leaving semey headed for russia, car not fixed, but fingers crossed it wont die till ub!
Team Mongol Shoebox [Completed - returned...] 2006-08-19 06:05:49
in queue at russian - mongol border. Some random bloke trying to help us queue jump.
Team Mongol Shoebox [Completed - returned...] Team progress map 2006-08-19 01:46:36
In Ulan-ude. Have stumped 3 garages & 10 mechanics with car prob. All tell us she's fine - we shall see. Off to find mongol border.
BLAZING CAMELS [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-18 22:31:25
tashkent! fly by stop. Night drive. Whizzing through to push on to kyrgystan...
Up The Proverbial Creek [Abandoned...] Team progress map 2006-08-18 22:21:25
Twas brillig, when rubber duck like a rocket ledge on rails went for broke and created stuff of tales. Hello Tashkent...
Monkey Tank [Completed...] 2006-08-18 21:03:12
Been stuck at border coz russian officials r refusing 2 change US dollars 4 roubles,just when we thought we here 4 night a nice man offered 2 swap money on sly
the scallywags [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-18 19:14:35
27 days, 9942 miles later, we are in Ulaan Baaar, Mongolia. Thanks for your support,much love Chris & Ben XXX
Bonkers Bovine [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-18 19:13:07
We made it! We have arrived at Ullaan Bataar capital of Mongolia 8650 miles from home.
celtic chancers [Completed...] 2006-08-18 17:17:04
Flying thru siberia @ night with crazy drivers, shooting stars & roads bumpy enough 2 shake the teeth from yer heid. Go on the mighty fiesta!!
Team Desert Penguins [Completed...] 2006-08-18 17:14:12
Jst fillin up 4 another nite drive. Makin up 4 2 breakdowns. Our fuel pump n pandas leaf spring again was in 2 bits. Both seem fixed but lost time
Kahn It Be Done? [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-18 16:08:11
are any other teams enjoying marks & spencer grub with a cup of earl grey or is it just us? Racing for the russian border now. C.
Rogue Squadron [Abandoned...] 2006-08-18 14:50:10
Past Krasnoyarsk 1000km to irkutsk. Still closer to russias western boarders than its most eastern point tho!
Crazy Twin [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-18 14:12:01
Made it 2 almaty with a broken suspension and smashed up mini. Missing d party in mongol but if anyone is about c u@ club pyramid tonight. Up 4 convoy?
Team Dairy Devil [Completed...] 2006-08-18 14:07:53
Just spent 4 days in rubsovsk, not to be recommended! Have left team tangerine and are now heading north into darkest siberia... Its raining and we're wet!
Monkey Tank [Completed...] 2006-08-18 13:21:03
huge thankyou to Al 4 his tape.Its the only music we have heard in car since prague when cd player broke. We listen to it on ninas dictaphone once a day!
Uno's if we'll get there? Team progress map 2006-08-18 13:07:23
electrical fire knocked out radio etc not cool exhaust snapped off sounds great. Fishing on crystal clear beach below snowy peaks
Monkey Tank [Completed...] 2006-08-18 12:39:57
Felt a bit battered,bruised and radioactive after passing through the nuclear test wasteland around semy.
Team progress map 2006-08-18 12:27:24
finished! Now have an ice cold shower and a warm beer to look forward too! Was it worth it? Bloody right it was
Rustbox 360 [Completed...] 2006-08-18 12:08:56
Finally moving again. Joined a convoy of Iranian truckers and on our way to Kazakhstan.
Car now running like a heap of crap, misfiring all the bloody time!
Boulder Mobile [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-18 10:52:25
We have arrived! 9000 odd miles. Will be gutted to leave blue bugs-she is a beauty!
Rustbox 360 [Completed...] 2006-08-18 10:19:28
We've been sitting on the side of a highway in 100 degree heat for the last hour waiting for our customs escort.
Bonkers Bovine [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-18 08:54:22
at Arvaikheer 3pm only 300 miles to go but will we make the party which is tonight?
Alan Paca [Completed...] 2006-08-18 08:47:54
..thrgh uzbek.day in samrquand lvely.Slpt in car tashkent, suspens snapd again cant fix,no$.in2kyrgystan-stunin mntns n swam in lakes.kazak cros ez
the scallywags [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-18 08:33:01
Good nights kip, patched up fuel tank and breaks.gaffa tape saves the day again. 200km to mongolian border x
UB or not UB? [Completed...] 2006-08-18 07:23:57
In siberia heading for krasnoyarsk with red micra and blue 2cv. Blue skies and great roads. Mongolia here we come!
Team progress map 2006-08-18 06:00:16
drivin through the night to get there by friday. Going to tally how many times the police stop us!
Team progress map 2006-08-18 05:59:36
the general's flyin through russia.
The Hearse Flies [Abandoned - but finished without car...] Team progress map 2006-08-18 04:16:52
barnaul - siberia - bit chilly, predictably! Mildly lost attempting navigation by moon at 2am yesterday but appear to have found road again now!
Bonkers Bovine [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-18 03:54:52
another night out in the dessert, Gobi this time. Unbelievably windy and dusty. Will we make party?
The Lumley Run. Episode 2 [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-18 03:38:24
Mongolian border. Spanked round lake baikal during the night to get to border, exhausted! Just 300k to go, rock on!
The Lumley Run. Episode 2 [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-18 03:23:20
Urkutsk. If the russians pay taxes which i doubt, then they need to sack off the police force and sort out the freaking roads.
Team Mongol Shoebox [Completed - returned...] 2006-08-18 03:02:52
300km from irkutsk. Siberia - wet, cold, far to big, we're going to miss party & car has new unidentifiable problem. Not a top tourist destination.
BLAZING CAMELS [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-17 18:42:27
we're in samarqand! Amazing drive here through desert. Partying tonight. Kyrgstan tomorrow....
Team Tangerine [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-17 16:45:19
the team is complete again! We can resume our hand of bridge. 2000kms alone hard for Jamie but James, Pat and Duncan say 2 days in Barnaul worse.
Team Desert Penguins [Completed...] 2006-08-17 16:32:53
Around a campfire in a Siberian forest, driven 38 hrs since yest morn incl a 7 hr border crossin back into russia, shattered. Another big one 2moro!
Alan Paca [Completed...] 2006-08-17 16:24:44
Made it thrgh mild50'turkmen desert+100police blokades.suspension snapd again inturkmenabat.taken inby local fam,fed2death whle'mastr'treatd alan..
Alan Paca [Completed...] 2006-08-17 16:09:14
Outa contact since turkmen,alan scard afta fracus.made it thrg bajilion police blokades&mild 50' desert.otha suspensn snapd in turkmenabat, takn in by family..
Island Monkeys [Completed...] 2006-08-17 16:04:48
Thanks to Fira & Dima for looking after us yesterday. Currently 100kms from mong border, crossing first thing in morning. Mobile Signal getting worse.
Team Aspiritus [Completed...] 2006-08-17 15:35:26
A fond farewell to everyone in our convoy. Good luck all of u. Team Aspiritus are now flying solo 2 UB. See you there! P
Team Aspiritus [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-17 15:30:27
just been through the most beautiful mountains we have ever seen. False alarms about gearbox-guess pegasus is just afraid of heights!?
Team Aspiritus [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-17 15:24:37
wheel back on, just had 1st shower in over a week! Now feasting and loving it!
Team Aspiritus [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-17 15:21:12
we have just been overtaken by our own wheel! Surely thats not right!?
Rogue Squadron [Abandoned...] Team progress map 2006-08-17 13:49:50
going east again irkutsk 2800km! Shout out to patrick from vermont stuck in no mans land at the russian boarder hope u got out today buddy
GB Yak Polo [Completed...] 2006-08-17 13:11:08
Gb yak polo: at mongol border, closed so UB tomoro-doris has made it the legend!
Plague Dodgers [Completed...] 2006-08-17 13:02:07
Wes we are stuck at the russian border, it is closed until 8 in the morning! Sorry mate, dont worry about the hotel- may be a bit late i know!
Boulder Mobile [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-17 11:57:44
Barnaul. Time for some food.
YAKATAK Blue [Completed...] 2006-08-17 11:41:21
Have done 9000 miles and they have shut the border on us. Mongolia in the morning! Should make party if suspension holds out..
Up The Proverbial Creek [Abandoned...] Team progress map 2006-08-17 10:50:27
In Samarkand in time for lunch, and more importantly a cold beer! Happy Birthday Bart!
Team progress map 2006-08-17 10:25:17
thank god we got proper roads back! Ah, spoke too soon.
Island Monkeys [Completed...] 2006-08-17 09:48:58
Creative russian shaved Z in2 the side of my head. Heading for Tsanguur border in mong. Once in no way out because of visas. Altai mountains r amazing but wet
Kahn It Be Done? [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-17 09:41:54
Such beautiful scenery, best yet. Leaving the pretty kyrgyz girls behind and racing towards another round of kazakh hell! C
Team Twister [Abandoned...] 2006-08-17 09:40:38
Left almaty Phone working again.heading towards semey.hoping to mate russia tomorrow or day after. Spit
YAKATAK Blue [Completed...] 2006-08-17 09:35:05
Have arrived at mongolian border. Almost there!
Penguin Power [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-17 09:33:24
Found Daves bar in the square. Train to China on Sunday on Sunday
Kahn It Be Done? [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-17 09:20:06
Such a beautiful country, most amazing scenery yet. Now leaving the pretty girls and racing towards another helping of kazakh hell.
Mongol Dragons [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-17 09:11:30
In UB now. Got very lost trying to find a hotel. Had a shower with got water for 1st time in weeks!
Bonkers Bovine [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-17 08:55:40
camped out in hikls, given cheese by nomad,gave then photoes, pens etc in return. Hole in petrol tank, not too bad as it is quite high.
the scallywags [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-17 08:54:32
all good fun and now find ourselves in good time and on the shores of lake biakal. I want to get hammered on vodka x
the scallywags [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-17 08:46:03
Pretty hardcore few sleepless days.russians have very different idea of motorways.Theirs includes rickety wooden bridges & mud tracks
Slikroute [Abandoned...] 2006-08-17 08:40:10
After nearly 20 hours in dossad we finally made it out...On train to volgograd but no idea how long it takes and im starving,dirty and tired
The Hearse Flies [Abandoned - but finished without car...] Team progress map 2006-08-17 08:10:11
semipalatinsk - celtic hearse flying! New team going great, Russian border here we come! Finally the end of kazakhstan groundhog day is in sight!
The Hearse Flies [Abandoned - but finished without car...] Team progress map 2006-08-17 08:04:46
t in almaty - joined remaining celtic chancer, jamie, and toto the fiesta for the final leg - team 'celtic hearse' is born!
Rogue Squadron [Abandoned...] Team progress map 2006-08-17 07:33:05
seem to have done an extra 100km to barnaul is it because johannes is map reading? Of course not!
Mongol Rally Madness [Completed...] 2006-08-17 07:25:45
Sitting in dave's bar having a beer after a freezing cold shower, apparently we are about the 25th team to make it which is not bad. Now to china!
Fiesta Mongolia [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-17 05:40:23
alive and well. Car running okay. No phone coverage from turkey to russia! Should make ub in 4 or 5 days. In convoy with red mini.
UB or not UB? [Completed...] 2006-08-17 05:13:02
In a garage in rubstovsk - boys noticed yesterday that the micra was on a bit of a tilt. Both springs on driver's side busted! Oops.
Team F1NSPCC [Abandoned...] 2006-08-17 05:06:46
We've only bloody made it 2 UB, albeit minus a fiesta. Off 2 blow the froth of a few cold ones at Dave's.
Team health and safety shacked up with us after their sj died. We've just crossed into mongolia at the northern point along with ste and heather. Fellowship x
Team Marco Polo [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-17 03:26:22
fought a mountain, and the mountain won. Minor roads in kyrg r very minor! Team honey trumpet gone 2 rescue car. Team marco polo
Up The Proverbial Creek [Abandoned...] Team progress map 2006-08-17 03:25:06
About 1k out of Bukhara after pushing the all-nighter over some pretty wild terrain.Just run into RustBox360 who have slipped military escort.
Mongol Rally Madness [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-17 02:58:18
we made it to the finish! All 3 cars late last night made it to ub! Only one prob in mongolia, i lost my licence for bumping into b and h. Beer time!
Rouge squadron back in russia minus 1 car. Is this siberia summer time? What happened to the sun? Bribes at the ready
Hi its emma and yes we had fun last night
the scallywags [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-16 18:03:46
been driving solid for 2 days. In the middle of huge electrical storm. Spectacular sight
Rustbox 360 [Completed...] 2006-08-16 17:54:30
Our convoy was broken up by customs who assigned us an in car escort. Now in Bukhara.
The Lumley Run. Episode 2 [Completed...] 2006-08-16 17:41:53
Jules thanks for the waterproofs! Big forest.Pot hole.Flat tyre with bang.Midnight.Massivemassive storm.Job done. Sense of humour failure-never, this is fun!
Slikroute [Abandoned...] 2006-08-16 17:29:17
A jobsworth station master stopped us from buying a train ticket out of dossad cos of car..Presently sat in rubbish dump with amanda thinkin of contingency plan
The Lumley Run. Episode 2 [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-16 16:08:54
siberia.1st bribe-Will pulled illegal move.Driving through massive electrical storm.Found unthumbed copy of this months wisden!
Plague Dodgers [Completed...] 2006-08-16 15:12:32
Been driving for 36 hours- the usual! Making our way across siberia. Should be crossing the mongoliam border tmrw evening! See u there wes!
Genghis Can [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-16 14:56:29
Western Mongolia.What the..?Car falling apart.V v v slow. No exhaust, suspension, sanity. Doors tied shut, window access.Car tied together. 1000k left..
Team Desert Penguins [Completed...] 2006-08-16 14:56:01
Currently doin 15 hr days, been in cowboy country 4 last 2 days. Headin 4 siberia it's alot colder already! Panda had 2 change alternator but good
Penguin Power [Completed...] 2006-08-16 13:53:36
Arrived in Ulaan Baatar yesterday morning & now looking for hotel
Slikroute [Abandoned...] 2006-08-16 13:24:03
Currently driving to nearest town with no oil in gearbox...Amanda sounds like a train.
Slikroute [Abandoned...] 2006-08-16 12:59:48
Breaking news...Gear box just exploded somewhere in kazak.Looks like rally is over unless we can work our mechanical magic
Up The Proverbial Creek [Abandoned...] 2006-08-16 12:47:11
Team ??? are back on the road after essential repairs,the loss of the US team to military escort,and alot of faffing about.No sleep til Samarkand!
YAKATAK Blue [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-16 12:37:40
thought we'd lost a car this morning, now we are ALL past Irkutsk & heading for Lake Baikal. Failed 2 dump Chris & Neil in Siberia!
Aces Over Mongolia [Completed...] 2006-08-16 11:19:56
Non stop now to ub. Crack in fuel tank getting bigger but hopefully it is holding. Other teams in convoy holding up.
Team progress map 2006-08-16 10:51:17
had to bid adieu to the americans during a mad dash to barnaul. Another poxy russian border crossin. Only 5hrs this time and a guard paid my fee, sweet!
Health & Safety [Abandoned...] 2006-08-16 10:49:29
Health n safety abandoned in the depths of siberia. However we are approaching the Mongol border at 120kph
Monkey Tank [Completed...] 2006-08-16 10:05:23
Bobo running again! All thanks 2 a shepherd a taxi driver and their mechanic mate. Something burnt up in the distrib. Bobo happier now than he's been for days.
Bonkers Bovine [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-16 09:59:26
arrived in Khovd 5pm going to fill up with petrol., get tyre mended and then push on for a few hours
Team Tangerine [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-16 09:55:52
knackered but have reached Astana. Will visa be here? Feeling alone
Mongol Rally Madness [Completed...] 2006-08-16 09:49:35
Finally we have made it out of russia after nearly a day of waiting and 19 forms to fill in! Mongolia here we come!
Team Tangerine [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-16 09:48:14
Jamie driving solo to Astana in hope that big russian cheese in NY has arranged visa on arrival. Pissd off & tired. 500k to go then 800 to rejoin boys
Team F1NSPCC [Abandoned...] 2006-08-16 09:46:30
Flying 2 Irkutsk 2day. Hope 2 get 24hr train 2 UB 2mo and arrive friday. We're not out of the runnin yet!
Marcos Polo [Completed...] 2006-08-16 09:36:32
Very nearly lost green bug but last ditch attempt at fixing it worked! Now flying to irkutsk & lake baikal, mongolia in sight...
Island Monkeys [Completed...] 2006-08-16 09:27:39
Despite making good progress, we met a russian architect who has taken up for lunch and beers. Think we may have to stay here........
Monkey Tank [Completed...] 2006-08-16 08:52:37
A few scary moments! Im being towed in the panda and the man towing me keeps overtaking+speeding despite the fact that the rope has snapped twice already!