Uno's if we'll get there? 2006-09-22 09: 43: 42



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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.


Team Twister [Abandoned...] 2006-08-18 11:11:02

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

Kemerowo


YAKATAK Blue [Completed...] 2006-08-18 10:45:56

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.

2006-08-17 05:03:02

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!


Rogue Squadron [Abandoned...] 2006-08-17 02:19:45

Rouge squadron back in russia minus 1 car. Is this siberia summer time? What happened to the sun? Bribes at the ready

2006-08-16 21:25:18

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!



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