Chris just wedged car on a lamppost while driving down pavement. Had 2 reshape car with metal bar. Wetting ourselves!
Mongol Mocha [Completed...] 2006-08-09 12:47:04
Had the most amazin drive today through the mountains. Scenery fantastic. Stopped at river for paddle. Still eatin stale bread- quite enjoyin it now!
Spanish bullfighters [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-09 12:35:00
por fin en mongolia. Y acompa}ados por el equipo mongolmania, chris y beth. Ya acompa}ados. Gracias andy!!
Hi Jet Set [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-09 12:02:31
4+1-2=3 men in a van. The Van Santen brothers have left the car. It's up to the Buss bros and their foot-fluffer Parslow now.
Fuel? 2006-08-09 11:53:24
Well... STILL haven't gone anywhere! Ignition coils knackerd, all because of gooby, and there rubbish mechanic! Still discovering new toilets round town....
Team Snailracer [Completed...] 2006-08-09 11:46:27
Lake baikal, a good place to use the word awesome. Roads are great fun too
Mongolian Taxi Service [Completed...] 2006-08-09 11:23:50
In a hotel in Baikalsk, on the south east shore of Lake Baikal. Almost a pretty village, but slightly too run down to succeed. Aiming for UB fri arvo.
Flashmen [Abandoned...] 2006-08-09 11:22:33
Anyone staying at Hotel Zarina, Samarkand? If so, please ask after lost book 'The fall of Constantinople' and if found a beer will await you in UB!
Team Mongol Shoebox [Completed - returned...] Team progress map 2006-08-09 11:20:32
Mongol shoebox. In bishkek, seen the sights. Drive from Osh was spectacular. Crossing into Kazak tonight.
Bravo5 [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-09 10:55:45
didn't actually go to Barnaul, but close. Cross-country tiki touring to get cash then head SE through Altai region. hoping to get to Mongolia tomorrow!
The Mongol Frauds [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-09 10:40:56
Damn hot in Iran, where petrol is 2quid a tank! Fascinating place, spent 2nights with iranians. Down with Bush!Phone barred, now in turkmen!
UB or not UB? [Completed...] 2006-08-09 10:21:59
While crossing the endless desert that is kazakhstan, we suddenly started wondering... Who won big brother??? X
Team Marco Polo [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-09 10:15:54
in samarkand. Going 2 try 4 kyrgystan visa. Car sounding like a tank. Team marco polo
Team Escape The Stoke [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-09 09:01:52
arrived in irkutsk 5 hours late after front right driveshaft popped out on the 'm53' ... One right shitter of a motorway!
Mini Adventure (The B Team) [Completed...] 2006-08-09 08:54:09
We passed through irkutsk about an hour ago. We are at lake baikal now. Amazing views. Gonna stay here 2night and try the mongolian border 2moro night
See You In A Bar In Ulaanbaatar [Abandoned...] 2006-08-09 08:33:55
Just part solued the radiator leak. Then broke spring. The cinq is soldiering on to bishkek. Just!
Team Ramrod [Completed...] 2006-08-09 08:20:50
Shymkent. Headed to Bishkek. Nice hotel last night. Arrived late. driving at night is intense. Nice and hot here.
Fuel? 2006-08-09 07:59:41
Got into Kyrg, invalid visas. In country illegally, nearly put in jail! Now trying to sort it out via every toilet possible! Police are scumbags!
Team Aspiritus [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-09 07:53:33
i miss flat tarmac!
Team Aspiritus [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-09 07:51:04
i miss tarmac!
Team Aspiritus [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-09 07:48:00
Oral, Kazakhstan. Finally the real adventure begins. Desert here we come!
Team Aspiritus [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-09 07:37:00
just woke up in a field next to a burnt out car! Oops!
Team Aspiritus [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-09 07:33:44
beautiful city! Milo almost got his first smack for wanting a photo of a macdonalds!
Team Aspiritus [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-09 07:30:36
clutch now fixed in estonia thanks to ilmar and friends. Crossed forefr with no probs. This place is huge!
Team Aspiritus [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-09 07:27:16
met up with next stop mongolia, sonic clang, and team fuel? Let the convoy begin!
The Lumley Run. Episode 2 [Completed...] 2006-08-09 07:20:10
Life's tough. In kyrg on a beach next to a lake surrounded by mountains. Dont think i'm coming back! Have developed perma-numb arse! Cross border later.
Pedal Faster [Completed...] 2006-08-09 06:52:34
Borat is wrong. Kazach capital is embodiement of capitalism, full of porches and casinos
The Hearse Flies [Abandoned - but finished without car...] 2006-08-09 06:47:02
... And we're back in business! Now heading to shimkent to get the collapsing rear suspension welded, but at least we're on the move again!
The Hearse Flies [Abandoned - but finished without car...] 2006-08-09 06:44:29
V nasty moment when auto box appeared to have taken its final bow last night... Miraculously locals found 15 pints of transmission fluid in middle of desert...
Fiesta Fun Truck [Completed...] 2006-08-09 06:19:17
No turning back. now in far eastern russia, 1500km 2mongol border, views outta this world,bookin flights back not easy. Can't call out & payfone's mind bending.
MONGOLMANIA [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-09 05:59:53
camped at border waiting to open. Now with spanish bullfighters. Planning south route. All is cool - mongolia horrah! Cheers chris and beth
Mongol Dragons [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-09 05:52:29
slept in mountains last night- saw snow! In bishkek now, heading for almaty later.
YAKATAK Blue [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-09 05:42:13
finally back on the road after breakdowns. Garage stayed open til 5am to work on r cars. 18hrs total! And fed us. Top guys!
Team Snailracer [Completed...] 2006-08-09 03:47:49
Feeling sea sick due to Crap rear suspension and russian roads
the scallywags [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-09 02:42:50
NEARLY AT BISHKEK KYRG POLICE MOST CORRUPT OF ALL. HAVE BEEN STOPPED SO MANY TIMES FOR BRIBES CANT AFFORD WATER
Bravo5 [Completed...] 2006-08-09 02:41:20
us again. short cut of over 500km collapsed 20km from border. crossed through at next border midnight. border guards v. confused, seem to think NZ is in germany
Another night spent battling Siberian mosquitoes and wondering how far south the bears live. About 400km west of Irkutsk. Lots of off-road. Slow progress.
Up The Proverbial Creek [Abandoned...] 2006-08-08 21:28:16
Georgi's homebrew Georgian vodka has successfully destroyed 14 Rallyers...
Team Plan.a.Doo [Completed...] 2006-08-08 19:15:26
Made it to Tashkent. Car starting to rattle from all the bad roads - turning music up helps
Team Ramrod [Completed...] 2006-08-08 18:56:15
Turkistan. theft at garage today- associates lost stuff. Annoying 'help' caused problems but everything fine. Saw formation of Hinds fly by
Hillbilly Hotrod [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-08 18:07:19
Got through uzbek border only to have kazak border let car before us in then close! Pleading just made guard angry.now stuck between the two
Health & Safety [Abandoned...] 2006-08-08 18:05:55
Health n safety are now in convoy with 2 micra's. Chuffy just spewed on him sen while driving, manky git
Hillbilly Hotrod [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-08 18:03:35
balls! Ipod has packed up! Now have only 1 prodigy tape, sadly i think we will come to hate them.
Team Desert Penguins [Completed...] 2006-08-08 17:43:16
Still in kaz only jst got signal, been 4 days now! Gettin frustrated at slow progress, prob 2 more days. Cars playin up a bit @ 45o , but stil goin ok
YAKATAK Blue [Completed...] 2006-08-08 16:37:01
Russian mechanics amazing. Can weld anything. Even provide dinner for 6 in the garage. Done 6000 miles. Itching to get back on road!
Mongol Mocha [Completed...] 2006-08-08 16:28:58
Everyone we meet keeps giving us stuff-farmer just gav us loads of veg and milk.
Team Desert Penguins [Completed...] 2006-08-08 16:17:21
This bloody place goes on 4eva, after 2 days drivin thru n around potholes t size of houses we've found a road n makin good time. Luv u all x
Mongol Blues [Completed...] 2006-08-08 16:15:48
About a day away from almaty now. Car has been overheating a lot, think there is a small leak. Can keep it topped up during the day to keep it running though
Boulder Mobile [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-08 15:41:39
Ashgabad is very bizare.
Plague Dodgers [Completed...] 2006-08-08 15:36:37
In tashkent,plan was to head for kyrgystan today but as usual we r waiting for gb yak polo and dog and goose to be repaired by the 10 year old uzbek mechanics!
Kahn It Be Done? [Completed...] 2006-08-08 15:34:00
Passed 6 rally cars going in the opposite direction going to the same place ha ha. What to do ?!
Pedal Faster [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-08 14:32:15
Nick has diagnosed himself with 'Borat belly' and is feeling sorry for himself. Mark has been a total hero doing most of driving & looking after invalid.
Self preservation society - White [Completed...] 2006-08-08 14:15:40
Arse! Turns out the V5 and Bens passport aren't machine washable at 40 degrees C.
Mongol Minis - White [Completed...] 2006-08-08 13:57:57
Headed north out of uzbekistan to kazahkstan, not doing kyrgzstan due to time. Mabel's rally over. Boys meeting in UB
See You In A Bar In Ulaanbaatar [Abandoned...] 2006-08-08 13:40:19
Leaving shymkent and hotel 'ripoff' tema. Krgy border tonight. Fixing rad hose for millionth time. Pray for us!
The Lumley Run. Episode 2 [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-08 13:39:27
Bishkek. Truly amazing day crossing the mountains, reached 3130m. A diff world. Cold too. Head to almaty tmw to meet trotts. Ciao
The Last & The Ludicrous [Abandoned...] 2006-08-08 12:51:09
Back in the uk. Electrical fire finished the scamp for gd in kaza. Helpful local got us back in record time. Gd luck everyone!
GO MONGOL [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-08 12:40:45
Holy yak dung, we have made it. Having a very well earned beer at Dave's place and maybe a curry. Great country this. Go Mongol.
Boulder Mobile [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-08 12:09:17
tehran and iran is very nice. Didnt see any nuclear power stations though.
Mongol Rally Madness [Completed...] 2006-08-08 12:07:49
Just reaching the mountains of S E kazak-a good change from hot deserts. Heading for kyrgyz today after some mech work on cars. Now hopefully prob free!
Team Ramrod [Completed...] 2006-08-08 11:19:30
kyzylorda. exhaust repair for ford. Annoying shake down in town.
Bravo5 [Completed...] 2006-08-08 10:47:47
Heading to remote area as we approach russia. messages might not be possible for over a week so dont worry. wonderful alpine scenery. happy b day pa bowley,13th
Mongol Mocha [Completed...] 2006-08-08 09:38:28
A nice uzbek old lady gave me some grapes. now in kyrgystan, first border not to want any cash and throu in 20mins.
LOST ALTITUDE! ACROSS BORDER TO KYRGYSTAN.LEAVING OSH HEADING FOR BISHKEK
Team Twister [Abandoned...] Team progress map 2006-08-08 09:10:40
found the real off roading yesterday, slow going and starter is being a pain in the arse, all fine though otherwise.
Team progress map 2006-08-08 07:58:51
Stuck in the lovely port in Baku with 5 other teams waiting for a mythical ferry to Aktau in Kaz, one team been waiting 8 days! Terrible!
Fuel? 2006-08-08 07:49:37
Slight landmine issue at boarder, taking very large detour. Nice
Up The Proverbial Creek [Abandoned...] 2006-08-08 07:46:09
Still in Baku waiting for ferry to Kaz.With 5 other teams in similar position.Visa expired,car impounded.In suprisingly good spirits all the same.
Team Ramrod [Completed...] 2006-08-08 07:19:28
700 km from shymkent. Hot and dry. Thankful for good roads. Stars amazing at night. Sat phones do work here. Lots of bactrian camels.
Team Ramrod [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-08 07:15:24
ran into mission MONGOL and fiat team at hotel in aktobe. worst roads ever today. MICRA sounds like NASCAR.
Fuel? Team progress map 2006-08-08 06:49:27
after failing to find some still water in a market, autographs were asked for by massive crowds as the rally has been covered on Uzbek TV!!
The Hearse Flies [Abandoned - but finished without car...] Team progress map 2006-08-08 06:33:38
aaaargh, sand! happily passing lorries obliging to drag us out! On way out of aral, heading for shymkent... Bribed cops with red bull!
Fiesta Fun Truck [Completed...] 2006-08-08 06:31:22
hilarious. After scare stories of russian police, just got pulled over 2 tell names of all people with photos on car! He still had a big gun but hard 2 b scared
GO MONGOL [Completed...] 2006-08-08 06:04:53
In Mongolia with bureaucracy but no hassle. 2 hours to clear border. Impressed! We even have tarmac better than Russia.
Island Monkeys [Completed...] 2006-08-08 06:00:17
We have reception!Between Aqtobe & Qyzylorda. Back with ub's :-) Just bought fuel stored in water bottles.Camels by tent in morning.Giant birds of prey on road
UB or not UB? [Completed...] 2006-08-08 05:57:33
Woke up in the middle of nowhere this morn - just us and camels! Roads appalling. Headed to aral. Not much phone signal here. X
Fiesta Fun Truck [Completed...] 2006-08-08 05:48:09
Not much drama last 24hrs, blown fuses, road kill, vodka: the usual. After accidentally huge breakfast thanks to lloyd's russian, we're off, 2000km to mongolia
Bravo5 [Completed...] 2006-08-08 05:48:09
It's 5am and once again we're on the road. Tiny bit of rain overnight, first we've had for ages. Hopefully out of Kzstan today. Happy Birthday Mum, from Gavin.
Alan Paca [Completed...] 2006-08-08 05:39:57
day?in baku port,car impoundd.sleep on concrete watchn boat afta boat2turkmen,no kazak.vodka& rugby with guards, sanctuary in jepetos magic gardn
Fuel? 2006-08-08 04:15:32
The farmer has now come back with bread and almonds, they have just popped off to get us some chi!
Fuel? 2006-08-08 03:48:44
Camped on farm track, farmer came this morning and gave us two water melons. Uzbek is great! Changed timing, now purring like a kitten
Fuel? 2006-08-08 02:55:52
On boarder to kryg, car running badly, one of the ht leads was shot. Hacked up a panda lead. Need the car tip top, kryg is a car killer.Back with reduced convoy
Bonkers Bovine [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-08 02:10:20
Past Almaty 7pm drove on, heading north tnwards Russia again. Couldn't find camp or motel so slept in car. Over 5500mls so far!
Team F1NSPCC [Abandoned...] 2006-08-07 20:53:10
'Anything 2 declare Mr Bromley?' 'Yeah, dont come 2 fuckin Russia!' - nightmare day, cant get train 2 Tashkent until weds nite.
Mongol Mocha [Completed...] 2006-08-07 20:17:05
Met random uzbek guy who wnt 2 uni in manchester Spent the day with him and his crazy uzbek friends-sleeping at his hse.
Mongol Dragons [Completed...] 2006-08-07 20:15:57
Stuck at kyrgyzstan border. Have to wait til 6am. Sleeping in tent in middle of road!
Team Mongol Shoebox [Completed - returned...] 2006-08-07 17:45:54
frustrating day trying 2 get out uzbek as most borders shut. 100extra miles. Finally made it 2 osh-easiest border yet.
BLAZING CAMELS [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-07 17:28:55
day 3 in baku port waiting for ferry to kazak. 14 strong camp. Vodka shots w border guards. Rugby on train tracks. Feels like home...
Team Escape The Stoke [Completed...] 2006-08-07 16:53:54
250km further down the m53, what an amazing road. Built of bricks and holes, no tarmac! Plus we lost the sump guard-has been gifted 2mother russia.
Bravo5 [Completed...] 2006-08-07 16:52:05
mad rush tomorrow to get to russian border. time really tight. we thoughts for good speed &smooth running car. rig &den, the st. chris has got us this far!
Nervous Breakdown [Completed...] 2006-08-07 16:39:17
ate start this morn, due to night out. Said bye to mongolmania, heading north east now through forsest camping. Sorry guys 50p per tx.
The Lumley Run. Episode 2 [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-07 16:09:43
Jalalabat. Easiest border crossing yet, nothing like a game of touch rugby with the kyrg guards! Town is a dump, crack on asap!
Mongol Blues [Completed...] 2006-08-07 15:52:08
Crossed back into kaz, going to kip here and head towards almaty tomorrow. Knackered, so hot car is over heating in middle of day.
Team Snailracer [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-07 15:25:03
In a field by the Krasnoarsk - Irkutsk road. 1000km to Irkutsk, aiming for UB thursday or friday, all being well.
Boulder Mobile [Completed...] 2006-08-07 15:07:56
Are in ashgabat. Anyone else here? text us on +447970895122 if u fancy a pint. Cheers jon
Mongolian Taxi Service [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-07 15:06:08
The Fellowship of the Mongol Ring [Completed...] 2006-08-07 14:29:45
Pulled over 7 times today by the ol' bill. Twice for speeding. Our innocence is shining thru, no fines yet only fits of laughter and free coffee. F-ship x
Team F1NSPCC [Abandoned...] 2006-08-07 13:49:22
Nightmare gettin train 2 Tashkent, finally managed 2 sort it. Leave Moscow 23.16 and wont b goin bac!
GO MONGOL [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-07 13:47:12
made it to the lake! Its rather large. Last leg tomorrow to UB. Cinqy sounds like a TVR but is still going well now all wheels are fixed.
Bravo5 [Completed...] 2006-08-07 13:05:07
Haven't been able to check email since Kiev-anything we should know? We can receive texts. Averil, sounds are sorted-volvo radio+ipod! Have All Blacks won?
The Lumley Run. Episode 2 [Completed...] 2006-08-07 11:53:00
Breakfast with the locals, swimming in the river, fresh melon on the banks, dodgy petrol dealer, uzbeck rocks! Won't let us leave though. 2 border recjections!
Team Snailracer [Completed...] 2006-08-07 11:43:35
Plodding across russia towards krasnoyarsk. Hopefully camp east of it tonight
Send A Rhino [Abandoned...] 2006-08-07 11:25:45
Typical-i camp in the desert and it rains!Just got washed in 1st river seen for 2 days.Roofrack nearly totally snapped off now,secured with rope.Roads terrible
Mini Adventure (The B Team) [Completed...] 2006-08-07 11:25:17
1200km to go til Yakutsk. We're gonna camp in a while and spend the next 3 days driving to the mongolian border
The Fellowship of the Mongol Ring [Completed...] 2006-08-07 11:01:47
Car decided to play in some sand last night. Took us 12 hours to get her out. Construction is now a future career option. Fellowship x
Goldy Looking Micra [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-07 11:00:00
Goldy looking Micra have finished!
Team Tangerine [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-07 10:41:04
rolled the car in sand. Screen cracked, engine off one mount, bruised tomato sandwich. Camp at Aral
celtic chancers [Completed...] 2006-08-07 10:17:42
Oh, and we're trav'g with top blokes 'ghengis carnage' & 'i'm with stupid'. They're english but now sport my spare scottish flag stickers. Nice!
celtic chancers [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-07 10:03:16
@4748mls. left samarqand 4 kyrgestan brdr-10hrs of avg rds. Now have 75L fuel, 20L of water. Had a good rest & ready 2 rock & roll baby!
the scallywags [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-07 09:42:16
FUELED ON SHASHLIK HAVE MADE GOOD TIME AND TRAVELLED THROUGH SAMARKAND & TASHKENT
MONGOLMANIA [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-07 09:20:43
us and car ok, hungover from barnaul stopover stereo knacked, any info on ralliers doing western entrance to mongolia +44 7970 820 536 ?
Fuel? 2006-08-07 09:17:22
Just got a new tire to replace our blown one, 20 to 30 people around car at all times! Got invited to a mechanics wedding
Bravo5 [Completed...] 2006-08-07 09:14:42
engine making odd noises. G changed distrib. C washed hair. still quite high, over 2000 feet, 50 km from chinese border. no sign of any ralliers
Team Escape The Stoke [Completed...] 2006-08-07 09:13:10
M53 just after kahck. Looks like some1 got a digger 4 xmas and proceeded 2 dig up 3km of motorway.
Uno's if we'll get there? Team progress map 2006-08-07 09:09:21
R+R having just climbed the highest mountain in europe and skied down. Russian police particularlly chilled here we reckon
Team Loaded [Abandoned...] 2006-08-07 07:53:08
The dream is over.
Spanish bullfighters [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-07 07:22:07
otra plaza rusa conquistada. A mongolia ma}ana mismo
pandarama.co.uk [Abandoned...] Team progress map 2006-08-07 07:20:03
Leaving Aral in search of the ship cemetery at Dzhambul. Even the locals think its a bad road - this we have to see.
Pedal Faster [Completed...] 2006-08-07 06:59:11
Just got into Kazakhstan. The border guard really did say Yach S'mash but stole our cow skin steering wheel cover for his Lada. Still have fluffy dice though.
Genghis Can [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-07 06:44:38
samarkand great after 4 days at camp baku. Stopped 18 times in turkmenistan. Exhaust fell off in turkey, otherwise panda loves it.
Directionless [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-07 05:55:33
my bad again. Too many beers last night.
Fuel? 2006-08-07 05:46:49
Leaving samarkand for kryg, found some 93 petrol! Oh yeah, back on the good stuff! Driving in uzbek, is the madest yet
Directionless [Completed...] 2006-08-07 05:32:09
pid:we're not actually in st petersburg. My bad. We had a wicked night, beer ranging from 30p to Â£4! Police tried 2 get $800, but we played the act dumb card :)
Goldy Looking Micra [Completed...] 2006-08-07 05:08:13
We r in Mongolia!!!
Hillbilly Hotrod [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-07 04:15:53
Time for a quick kip b4 the border. So many checkpoints!
Hillbilly Hotrod [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-07 04:13:41
Nice bloke invites us back to his house.
Kahn It Be Done? [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-07 03:52:05
will we ever leave this country? Hundreds of km's then forced to turn back and reroute to aqtobe. Have you seen the 'roads'? Easier said than done!
Bonkers Bovine [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-07 03:31:28