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

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the scallywags [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-16 08:19:00

On M53 passing Krasnoyarsk

Slikroute [Abandoned...] 2006-08-16 08:07:09

Stu's just followed thru on a fart...Disgusting

celtic chancers [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-16 07:52:28

left almaty with new team mate tamsin who's hearse 'died' & mate flew back home. We scammed b'fast, but had 2 pay 4 rm as we got caught.

Up The Proverbial Creek [Abandoned...] 2006-08-16 07:27:30

Back left suspension in the process of being completely reconstructed...Now we know why our car has had 15 owners in 19 years!

Monkey Tank [Completed...] 2006-08-16 07:12:22

New coil from taraz doesnt appear 2b solving problem. Someone is going to tow us 60km back to taraz to get it fixed. Nightmare,running low on time now.

Mongol Rally Madness [Completed...] 2006-08-16 07:03:41

Simon and i have been stuck at russian border into mongolia for 17 hours as first was closed at night now our documents are a day late! So fun here!

Team progress map 2006-08-16 06:57:33

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!

UB or not UB? [Completed...] 2006-08-16 06:46:16

100m from the russian border... when we realized lorna's passport was still in hotel reception... Back to semey! Kazakhstan won't let us go!

Slikroute [Abandoned...] Team progress map 2006-08-16 06:46:12

turk' was hell to get into and out of but i have fond memories of the place.The people,the motherland, the great turkmenbashi.

UB or not UB? [Completed...] 2006-08-16 06:42:19

made to drink fermented horse's milk and eat horse cheese by people we tried to help yesterday! escorted to semey by friendly police - again!

Rogue Squadron [Abandoned...] Team progress map 2006-08-16 06:41:15

sitting in semey at a mechanics looks like tom and petes car has had it. It seems a car cannot run without any suspension springs. Chin up

Boulder Mobile [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-16 06:36:19

semey. Just seen another team the first in over 2 weeks!

Team progress map 2006-08-16 06:33:38

the desert claimed another car, lil scampy. The duke boys stepped in to take 2 passengers.

Team progress map 2006-08-16 06:20:10

alrighty made it to almaty! Fuzz everywhere

Mongol Dragons [Completed...] 2006-08-16 05:12:49

Border closed for lunch!!!

Team Plan.a.Doo [Completed...] 2006-08-16 05:04:41

Left mongolmini red & team Fiesta near Barnual they r heading north for lake Baikal , we r off south to Tsagaannuur

YAKATAK Blue [Completed...] 2006-08-16 04:36:57

Were the in process of abandoning green beetle, getting shot of gear & stripping 4 spare parts. After a last ditch attempt we r all back on the road!

Monkey Tank [Completed...] 2006-08-16 03:52:49

Currenty in a car with the herders mates to go back 60 km to next town for new ignition coil. Boy do i hope thats the problem! Otherwise its a wasted trip.

Monkey Tank [Completed...] 2006-08-16 01:58:33

Car wont start again this morning....stuck out in the middle of nowhere in kaz. Hopefully the car will give us a break soon.

Up The Proverbial Creek [Abandoned...] 2006-08-15 22:40:51

Lorries dismounted ast Uzbekistan border.Desert crossed in convoy with no probs apart from bust suspension and leaking fuel tank.Heading for Bukhara.

Mongol Dragons [Completed...] 2006-08-15 20:04:26

Camping 60 miles from mong border. Should get through tomoro then ub on thurs!

Island Monkeys [Completed...] 2006-08-15 19:46:53

600 miles today. We are flying 2 the altai mountains at quite a rate 2 spend most time in mongolia. Swapped a yorkie bar 4 a police whistle 2. All going well

Team Tangerine [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-15 19:15:28

cock up! Rubstovsk border crossing - Jamie not allowed into Russia wrong visa issued James, Duncan, Pat not able to go back.

Hi Jet Set [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-15 18:30:00

On Mongol border... one more form to fill out!!!

Island Monkeys [Completed...] 2006-08-15 17:32:01

In russia again.Just got ride in police jeep while being escorted out of Rubtsovsk.Gang of locals forced beer and vodka on us whilst pointing at statue of lenin

Mongol Rally Madness [Completed...] 2006-08-15 16:44:14

Border closed until 8,30 tomorrow so not going anywhere yet! So its a bit of a delay until we get to mongolia.

Team Dairy Devil [Completed...] 2006-08-15 16:32:11

Huge problem.J's russian visa turns out to be only single entry so he cant get into russia but we have been stamped out of kazak so cant return.Stuck in limbo.

Mongol Rally Madness [Completed...] 2006-08-15 16:00:49

Near the mongol border but apparently it does not open until tomorrow morning at 8'30. But we will see what happens.

2006-08-15 15:57:40

Currently in ulan ude, 6 of us in 2 cars. Border should be fun. Little bit drunk, russians love us. Wallets still in tact. Fellowship x

Hi Jet Set [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-15 15:41:09

wet season here so weather awful last few days, on main road but often just mud and potholes, forced to drive at 20km per hr

Spanish bullfighters [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-15 14:33:43

LO CONSEGUIMOS. Muchas gracias a todos. HURRA!!

Mongol Minis - White [Completed...] 2006-08-15 14:32:14

Coming into Irkutsk, will camp at lake bikal. Minis going well, lost exhaust today but have botched it together. Blue mini surprisingly good after crash.

Mongol Rally Madness [Completed...] 2006-08-15 13:03:20

We are all still going. Car seems to be better now it is fixed. About 150km from mongol border, john now has no sus on right side, very amusing! Nearly there!

Island Monkeys [Completed...] 2006-08-15 12:12:11

Chris H, we regret 2 inform u that the bump stop has left the vehicle. We now smell burning plastic at every bump as the tyre chews through the fuel fill tube.

Mongol Blues [Completed...] 2006-08-15 11:42:04

That's 8000 miles done since Glasgow...

Team Twister [Abandoned...] 2006-08-15 11:35:50

Finally Got into Kyrgistan.heading for bishkek,prob get there tomorrow.loving the scenery

Next stop mongolia [Completed...] 2006-08-15 10:53:26

In tashkent, leaving this arvo after 2 days in much needed hotel. hoping to get into kyrg tomorro. 11 days to get into mongolia gonna be tight! car all good tho

Monkey Tank [Completed...] 2006-08-15 10:39:54

Quickest border crossing ever into Kazakstan. No idea how. Utter chaos. Some friendly border guards yet again helped out. Roads? Mmm.

Monkey Tank [Completed...] 2006-08-15 10:34:19

Managed to fix Bobo-combination of bad HT lead connection and me throwing oil over a spark plug! Didn't sound good for a few miles.

The Lumley Run. Episode 2 [Completed...] 2006-08-15 09:46:49

At russian border, how difficult can stamping bits of paper be? Rollercoaster couple of days, everything worked out ok though. Just 2.5k to kill before friday

the scallywags [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-15 08:43:43

finally in Russia after a 7hr crossing. Another team refused entry at he border. In barnaul now heading for Mongolia!

GB Yak Polo [Completed...] 2006-08-15 07:22:19

Gb yak polo: in novosibirsk-emotional 6 days! Broke down in fergana valley,towed to osh where maestro got new head gasket and piston. Great drive thru polygon!

Team Desert Penguins [Completed...] 2006-08-15 07:15:55

Just leavin almaty en route t semey then russia. Everyone appears t b on road t recovery after serious squits all round. Thanks 2 everyone 4 bday msgs

Monkey Tank [Completed...] 2006-08-15 06:54:55

Car wouldnt start again this morning-got it going,sounds really dodgy. About to leave tashkent.

Mongol Blues [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-15 06:24:30

Camped in forest last night, great spot, apart from a million mosquitos. Road just a dirt track, so had to tie car back together

2006-08-15 05:00:49

Havem't seen a caravan for 6000 miles :-). Back in russia, both minis reunited, home straight now....

Mongol Rally Madness [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-15 04:28:37

made it to the city this morning via a tow rope and a crazy russian driver. Our car died but a mech managed to get her running again. Next stop t lake.

Kahn It Be Done? [Completed...] 2006-08-15 04:20:49

Uzbek and kyrgyzstan very pretty. Locals in Osh helped us out a treat. Damm nice to be out of kazakh hell!

Mongol Dragons [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-14 20:16:07

Camping tonight 100km from irkutsk. Roads today nearly as bad as kazakhstan.. Aiming for mong border tues night.

Penguin Power [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-14 16:35:33

Mozzies have got fangs! Roads wet & slippery

Team Mongol Shoebox [Completed - returned...] 2006-08-14 15:57:20

Well it took 10 hours at the garage but we are back in the rally!

YAKATAK Blue [Completed...] 2006-08-14 15:51:42

Driving through night with dim lights & dodgy suspension on rubbish roads. Day inc. major fuel leak, electrical fire, near fight & more breakdowns.

Mongol Mocha [Completed...] 2006-08-14 15:30:39

Made to mongol border but it is shut for the night On the plus after 7000miles i hav mastered driving on the right.

Bonkers Bovine [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-14 15:25:06

We are at Russian / Mongol border but it is shut! Have to wait till 8am before it opens. Cold & wet, where is the dessert I was promised?

Send A Rhino [Abandoned...] 2006-08-14 15:24:01

Within about twenty minutes of each other both our rear leaf springs have snapped. Mongolia looks like a no go for me. Boo hoo

The Hearse Flies [Abandoned - but finished without car...] 2006-08-14 13:17:33

Flies have parted company... T continuing on night train from shimkent heading to almaty... Would love to catch up if anyone else is in almaty, +447968 377 067

The Hearse Flies [Abandoned - but finished without car...] 2006-08-14 13:12:31

Sadly had to part company with hearse... 2 hours after 4 day repair had another major engine breakage... Passed to kaz mechanic for peaceful retirement...

Fiesta Fun Truck [Completed...] 2006-08-14 12:51:34

Wooooooooooooooooooooo hooooooooooooooooooooo we made it, fiesta fun truck and heather's leg are in ulaan bataar. We're drinking beer. Love you all xxxx

Mongol Mocha [Completed...] 2006-08-14 12:38:17

Hopefully make it into mongolia tonight or early tomo. About 35miles from tsannaguur border. Only another 1000miles to UB!

Monkey Tank [Completed...] 2006-08-14 12:11:39

managed 2 get thrown out of Kazak embassy 4 arguing with consul. Fingers crossed i'll get a visa! Passing time slurping milkshake in sun. Far cry from Af.

The Lumley Run. Episode 2 [Completed...] 2006-08-14 11:26:07

Semi breakthrough. OB1 should be fixed by this evening which means we can move out of this nuclear dump later. Big push for UB for thurs night. Out.

Boulder Mobile [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-14 09:24:26


MONGOLMANIA [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-14 09:21:18

met transsiberean rally crowd here, drove a hummer! Fixed broken exhaust also. All is cool with us and bullfighters. Had meal with mongol family in a ger!

Mongol Rally Madness [Completed...] 2006-08-14 08:55:12

progress slow as roads east of khack are not so great in patches. Just met a swiss guy on a 72yr old bike who has been cycling for 3 months to get here! Madness

Monkey Tank [Completed...] 2006-08-14 07:55:39

Looks like we should be on the road 2morr. Kazakh embassy work quickly if u throw enough dollars at them-Nina will have visa tonight.Gives us time 4 a beer!

Team Desert Penguins [Completed...] 2006-08-14 07:22:35

Finally got signal again, been in t amazin mountains of kyrgystan last 2 days. Wait til u c pictures! Taken in by another fella tother nite, awesome!

Team Dairy Devil [Completed...] 2006-08-14 07:00:57

On route to Russia. Got into a scuffle with a drunk petrol station owner who ripped us off and stole pat's sunglasses. J wrenched them back and we got our money

Spanish bullfighters [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-14 06:53:21

muy cerca de la llegada pero sufriendo mucho el coche. Rios arena y vientos y ya lo acusa. Ojala aguante...

Fuel? 2006-08-14 06:52:57

Lost a cylinder!! Now down to 725cc with 2500km to go. Bugger

Pedal Faster [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-14 06:47:57

it's a beautiful tuesday here by lake baikal and we have just turned south towards mongolia

Pedal Faster [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-14 06:41:32

baykalbsk! Never heard of it? Never come here as its a stinking pit of drunkeness and vice

Mongol Blues [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-14 05:51:27

I swear the russians have brainwashed Ewan into only thinking there are 4 gears in this car. Think engine is about to leap out of car

Mongol Blues [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-14 05:18:19

left kraznoyersk after getting a friendly local to drive us to a hotel last night. This bit of russia is just one big forest.

Marcos Polo [Completed...] 2006-08-14 05:10:51

Sam keeps hitting cute bambi-eyed baby birds. I hit a big raven but it had evil slitty eyes so thats ok. It got eaten by its mates.

YAKATAK Blue [Completed...] 2006-08-14 04:46:43

Sick of our diet of meat & potatoes, we stumbled on a pizza house. Wanting pizza & chips, we ordered 6 huge plates of cheese-straws! Gutted!

Marcos Polo [Completed...] 2006-08-14 04:38:54

Treated ourselves to a bed in krasnoyarsk but no russian discotheque this time. Also saw another team for the 1st time since bill & ted in sweden.

Fuel? 2006-08-14 03:15:22

Car is very ill!

Fuel? 2006-08-14 02:33:42

After 15 mins of nodding at a man babbling russian to me, should i mention that i dont understand what on earth he is going on about?

Fuel? 2006-08-13 20:47:41

In russia, gunning it to ulan bator, maybe gunning it a bit too much, ant just got done for doing 96 in a 40. Oh and now the sunroof leaks as well as footwells

Boulder Mobile [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-13 19:29:39

bishkek booked in hotel for a clean and a night in a bed. Off to kazakstan in the morning. x

Island Monkeys [Completed...] 2006-08-13 17:54:49

In Almaty. Had massage and sauna experience which involved much smacking with leaves and hot/cold trauma. Enjoying drinking houses b4 2000km hack 2 mongolia.

Monkey Tank [Completed...] 2006-08-13 16:58:51

Arrived in tashkent car went on fire. Its a burnt out cable due to bump into palmiz when brakes failed...another thing to fix tomorrow! Got a nice hotel+shower!

The Hearse Flies [Abandoned - but finished without car...] 2006-08-13 15:53:49

If you can help, please text 07968 377 067

Health & Safety [Abandoned...] 2006-08-13 15:48:29

Health a safety now 500 km from lake baikal nearly there

Health & Safety [Abandoned...] 2006-08-13 15:45:29

Health a safety have hitched a lift with 2 other teams maximum respect

Fiesta Fun Truck [Completed...] 2006-08-13 15:12:10

Woohoo we're here,16hrs@border, big rows bout Qjumpin, cars getting lifted outta way, brit' grit won! Had2 give in2 1st bribe,£3 4not having fire extinguisher!

Rustbox 360 [Completed...] 2006-08-13 14:50:38

Wondering through Kazakhstan. Beautiful, Desolate.

Boulder Mobile [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-13 14:19:37

Osh, krygystan.

Aces Over Mongolia [Completed...] 2006-08-13 13:08:08

Team ramrod had phone stolen so aces have taken over updates. At russian border, big queue.

celtic chancers [Completed...] 2006-08-13 12:45:51

It's great having a day off from a)giving cops 'presents', 'fines' & b)saying 'da, da, english - edinburgh in england', 'chelsea, man u' etc.

celtic chancers [Completed...] 2006-08-13 12:24:07

Back in almaty this morn. After weeks of driving it's strange just sitting, waiting 4 embassy 2 open. 100's ralliers here. Hope i get visa.

Slikroute [Abandoned...] 2006-08-13 12:11:50

After saying goodbye to al,mike &mariana the hotel barmaid stu &i are back on the road heading to kazak'.Feeling tender due to excessive free vodka last night.

2006-08-13 11:54:01

The fiat ie lill scampy crapped out this morning after 10 hours of work couldn't hold it together.We carry on however now as honoury dukes in the general lee

the scallywags [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-13 11:53:05


Pedal Faster [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-13 10:54:47

the end is nigh having emerged from several days in the Siberian bush with beards and a huge amount of mosquito bites!

Mongol Mocha [Completed...] 2006-08-13 10:20:07

In russia, eating russian cheese. Hope to make mongol border tomo.

YAKATAK Blue [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-13 10:10:02

generator has packed in, so juggling batteries. Being asked 4 autographs & photos. All in need of a shower!

Fuel? Team progress map 2006-08-13 10:09:22

gunned it through Kazak, caught back up with convoy after Kryg nightmare! Now in massive queue at russian boarder & getting ready for last leg!

Team progress map 2006-08-13 09:01:26

Just got through Kazak customs after a nr war with Azir's who had No idea of the concept of queueing! Now loading on2 arctic's 2 X desert!

Team Plan.a.Doo [Completed...] 2006-08-13 08:45:18

Left Almaty this morning traveling with Team Fiesta and MongolMini Red. Roads good so far but sure that will change

Team Mongol Shoebox [Completed - returned...] 2006-08-13 08:28:30

Car having problems - universal joint from gear box to transfer box is going! Limping to Barnaul to find possible help.

UB or not UB? [Completed...] 2006-08-13 08:24:06

Tyre sit sorted for free by kind mechanic. Crowd of guys laughed as we speed off with map & gaffa tape on bonnet. Whoops. x

Up The Proverbial Creek [Abandoned...] Team progress map 2006-08-13 07:18:57

Finally in Kaz after 24 hour ferry and 7 hour border. Heading in convoy over the desert for Bukhara... on the back of a lorry!

UB or not UB? [Completed...] 2006-08-13 06:21:05

Treated to dinner and roses last night in taraz by a russian rapper and a limo driver who wanted our hearts but only got our email addresses!

Monkey Tank [Completed...] 2006-08-13 05:19:53

Up at 5 for dash 2 Tashkent only 4 car not 2 start. No spark on LT lead. But not far from help! Someoe managed to fix ignition coil. 9am and away we go!

Team Mongol Shoebox [Completed - returned...] 2006-08-13 04:41:21

Crossed russian border last night. 7hours later camped at border with new kazak friends and had dinner & shots.

The Lumley Run. Episode 2 [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-13 03:34:53

Semey. The concret'ometer suggests that the russians spent some quality time here too, lucky us. Aim to cross into rus tmw if poss!

Mongol Mocha [Completed...] 2006-08-13 03:28:36

Through russian border after hours of que-ing. Passed through rubtsovsk this morn and headin now for barnaul. 1000km to mongolia!

Health & Safety [Abandoned...] 2006-08-13 03:14:32

Health n Safety-Engine finally blew up deep in S E Russia nr Mongol. Now makes it v interesting crossing

Tenby Mongols [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-13 02:21:00

woo phone works. All smelly but smiley and on the road again bright and early

Team F1NSPCC [Abandoned...] 2006-08-12 22:04:33

Made tashkent, Uzbek finally. Sunday 2mo so wont leave until monday at earliest. May fly 2 UB now as gettin pushed 4 time on train.

Spanish bullfighters [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-12 22:03:48

ya estamos en altay. Casi siempre sin cobertura. No news good news. Seguir animando ya falta poco.

Mongol Dragons [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-12 21:03:40

Spent 5 hrs at russian border today. Not fun. Made up for it with best meal so far. Need to learn russian for beef tho, instead of mooing at waitresses..

Send A Rhino [Abandoned...] 2006-08-12 20:39:10

Staying with some random Kazak couple in Alma-Ata.We've already been offered drugs now having Vodka forced on us.Too tired to fully appreciate the hospitality

Team Tangerine [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-12 19:06:53

duncan & jamie have squits 93 oct turns out to be 39. Drain tank. Mongolia north or west? Decision time.

Alan Paca [Completed...] 2006-08-12 17:47:19

bk on road!Woke by wld camels,nrly jaild4speedn42k ova-bk handr&ok.Ashgabat mad,statues o elprez evrywhr.sreal day capd bypint in brit pub&crash

Couple-Of-Wrinklies [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-12 17:03:50

no mans land again with mongolminis.shocks fr transit fitted but dumped all oil!russia soon please!

Team Desert Penguins [Completed...] 2006-08-12 16:50:54

Good. All cars tip top n just entered kyrgystan, stayed wit uzbek family lst nite n fed us loads! Bad. Johns phone n 100$ went missin in weldin shop!

Fiesta Fun Truck [Completed...] 2006-08-12 16:45:06

Woke overlooking lake balkal in sunshine. Now@ mongolian border which doesn't open for 9hrs, so mammoth frisbee match with mongol's. Team Heather's leg say hi.

Mongol Mocha [Completed...] 2006-08-12 16:31:57

Made it out of kazak no probs but getting back into russia is taking some time-in a q that hasnt moved in hrs......

Health & Safety [Abandoned...] 2006-08-12 16:16:58

Health a safety are finished engine just blew up she put up a fight

The Lumley Run. Episode 2 [Completed...] 2006-08-12 15:51:02

Painfully slow progress. Car now fine, smoke attributed to gash fuel. RACallewaert still towing OB1. Dismayed to discover that med tan washes off. Rubbish.

Monkey Tank [Completed...] 2006-08-12 15:45:58

Brakes fixed but still bit spongy. Mechanics wouldn't let us pay - they spent 4hrs on Bobo! Oh no! Driving along & big stone cracked windscreen. Not our day!

Mongol Rally Madness [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-12 15:22:24

just managed to get out of the city, the signs are so bad! Dumped extra wheels to cut down on weight, just hope we dont get too many flat tyres!

Island Monkeys [Completed...] 2006-08-12 15:21:44

Made it back to kazak, heading to almaty 687km to go. Will we make it tonight? Stopped to ask directions from police, came away with food, water and directions

Team Twister [Abandoned...] 2006-08-12 14:03:12

Got our suspension fixed today and for free!Really nice guys.loving the stans everyone is incredibly welcoming and friendly.long may it continue

MONGOLMANIA [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-12 13:16:43

with bullfighters in altay. 2 days of rough and hard as f*ck tracks over mountains and deserts. Awsome country and hospitality. Car and us ok. UB in 5days

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