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

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Mongol Mary [Completed...] 2006-08-02 17:09:34

Mary just her first taste of going off road. She loved it!

Fuel? 2006-08-02 17:03:45

Lost radiator resivour, now duck taped on a bottle of mineral water.... With the duck tape, bog rolls, hacked up grill our engine looks truly class

Mongol Mocha [Completed...] 2006-08-02 16:59:27

In bayneu still in kazak. What i learnt today- kazakhstan is massive especially when averaging only 20mph

Marcos Polo [Completed...] 2006-08-02 16:44:15

Our exhaust has property come apart now we sound like a real rally car. Wire + jubilee clips are holding it together ish. Pressing on to petrozavodsk.

Fuel? 2006-08-02 16:34:31

Eating cavier and pot noodles at the side of the road. Three cars stopped all wanted photos, as they think we will soon be on the discovery channel...

Team Desert Penguins [Completed...] 2006-08-02 16:32:13

Still can't get ova friendliness of russians. Went t voldergrad war memorial yesterday. Now in astrakhan into kaz 2moro, ak47s @ t ready

Team Escape The Stoke [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-02 15:38:05

due 2our visa-less route, not seen an english car since kiev! 07790023648-drop us a txt if anywhere near us!250k past ufa.

Team Escape The Stoke [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-02 15:37:53

kazan possibly the nicest russian town we've seen. Still, why don't they smile in this country?!

Team Escape The Stoke [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-02 15:21:07

two fines in two days for the callear's overtaking. Moscow was wet!

Goldy Looking Micra [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-02 15:12:22

6hrs at border note to 07ers bring own toilet!!

GO MONGOL [Completed...] 2006-08-02 15:01:50

Just passed first sign to Ulan Ude so now well into our third quarter. And it has just stopped raining. I can already smell the yaks . . . Go Mongol.

Fuel? 2006-08-02 14:58:48

Hot car bumpy roads and carbonated water can provide a unexpected but pleasantly refreshing results!

Mongol Rally Madness [Completed...] 2006-08-02 14:44:20

Just got into kazak and the roads are bad! I think we now need to cross a river on a ferry. Very barren place! And getting a lot of staring!

Mongol Mary [Completed...] 2006-08-02 14:40:24

Just been told by locals that the part of russia we're about to drive to has no roads. At least we can'l get lost then!?!

Directionless [Completed...] 2006-08-02 14:36:50

Brum brum we are back on the road. Took all morning to fix the bearing problem. Finally stopped raining no problems with the dragons either. Next stop ufa.

Team Ramrod [Completed...] 2006-08-02 14:09:10

With convoy driving along the volga river, halfway to astrakahn. Getting thumbs up and waves from other motorists.

YAKATAK Blue [Completed...] 2006-08-02 13:55:49

Had r 1st encounter with police. Pulled 4 speeding! Dan sat in back of cop-car looking smug. Bug capable of speeding?! No bribe. No fine & off we go!

Up The Proverbial Creek [Abandoned...] 2006-08-02 13:53:44

TUNES:Wilco,Grateful Dead,Zero 7,Springsteen,Grandaddy,Dylan,Arcade Fire,Pink Floyd,Spiritualized,Stone Roses,British Sea Power,Smiths,REM,Young,CCR.

The Last & The Ludicrous [Abandoned...] 2006-08-02 13:52:35

Decided to camp for the night just off the road. Making gd progress. British clearly better off road, have been leading for some time.

Fuel? 2006-08-02 13:44:22

Just tinkered with the header on the side of the road. Burnt my elbow, hand and arm. I just love these roadside repair jobs. Jap oven is running again

the scallywags [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-02 13:03:23


YAKATAK Blue [Completed...] 2006-08-02 12:54:49

Bonnet on green bug just flew open. Tools & bags all over the road! Held shut for now with string. South towards Moscow then left. Shocking roads.

Bravo5 [Completed...] 2006-08-02 12:47:08

Av speed 30km per hr, slow & steady-thats our moto. roof seems to be falling apart. hope kiwi ingenuity wins through. hot winds cover everything in dust.

See You In A Bar In Ulaanbaatar [Abandoned...] 2006-08-02 12:45:06

Driving towards the aral sea in kaz. Overheating and grounding out plague the convoy. Locals friendly.

The Scenic Pandas [Completed...] 2006-08-02 12:32:07

Left astrakhan. About to get to kazakhstan. Cars are fine so far!will try to text in kazak.

Island Monkeys [Completed...] 2006-08-02 12:16:58

This can't be russia?! Right now it looks more like the nevada desert. Have driven past whole villages in fields between disused industrial units made of sheds.

BLAZING CAMELS [Completed...] 2006-08-02 12:15:41

Black sea coast stunning.Already half way across georgia.Ppl lovely.More cows than cars on road!last night16 ralliers in hotel, batumi. 5 pandas+bike+our 2cv!

UB or not UB? [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-02 12:00:43

volgograd - just saw a dancing bear!

Mongol Blues [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-02 11:54:01

did we say 30 mins, ah no, we found the rest of border across a river. 2 more hours. kazaks v friendly. Met up with bognor gooby and polo again

Fuel? 2006-08-02 11:46:57

Still in kazak, the roads are shocking! Foot and a half deep potholes are standard issue, and apprently these are the good roads!

Up The Proverbial Creek [Abandoned...] 2006-08-02 11:44:32

In Kutaisi, a depressing monument to the Soviet project slowly recallicitrating back into nothingness. Nothing illuminates this godforsaken place.

Up The Proverbial Creek [Abandoned...] 2006-08-02 11:28:55

Minor problem with spark plug flying out after daredevil undertaking solved... Now stuck behind a Skoda with a load of piglets in the back!

The Lumley Run. Episode 2 [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-02 11:16:32

Aktobe. Kaz stage 1 complete. 23,200 points. Proceed to bonus round. Kaz roads are shocking, colin mc rae eat your heart out!

Mongol Rally Madness [Completed...] 2006-08-02 11:06:36

Sadly ben and james have broken down for good. Hopefully we will meet them on the way as they are training. Not far from kazak border now.

The Last & The Ludicrous [Abandoned...] 2006-08-02 11:02:54

Sand everywhere! Convoy has just had to stick tights over the filters to keep going. Roads ok otherwise tho...

Team Twister [Abandoned...] 2006-08-02 11:01:00

The car is fixed by a bunch of legends. Cost 60 quid happy days a great mornings work.

Team Loaded [Abandoned...] 2006-08-02 10:29:27

turned away at czech border.Patrol unimpressed with lack of v5 doc.But we tried another border and using teenwolf keg of beer technique bust through!Yes!

Bravo5 [Completed...] 2006-08-02 10:22:46

Road improved. Heading SE to Shalkar then on to Aral. Losing ground on bullfighters. Roofrack now held down by rope- left gutter rusted out. otherwise all well

Smithers and the Goon [Completed...] 2006-08-02 09:56:05

After a mad couple of days in volgograd and having camped nxt 2 a russian airforce base were back on track headin 4 kazakstan. Russia rocks! gr8 ppl, gr8 booze

Team Loaded [Abandoned...] 2006-08-02 09:06:10

On the road again thanks to the people at our lovely hotel in Waidhaus. 1k from czech

Mongolian Taxi Service [Completed...] 2006-08-02 08:54:17

In a hotel in aktobe. Hot, smelly, covered in dust. Time for a shower, a cold beer and big decision: North to russia, or south to almaty?

The Mongol Frauds [Completed...] 2006-08-02 08:53:17

2nd day on mountain road in georgia to Tblisi. Roads horrendous, 15mph.Stunning country, fantastic people, big grins+death by vodka! Best place yet!

Team F1NSPCC [Abandoned...] 2006-08-02 08:33:39

Fiesta has a fist sized hole in the engine block, oil everywhere. Looks like the end, just north of Astrakhan. Train it is then!

Marcos Polo [Completed...] 2006-08-02 08:29:29

Back on the right side do the arctic circle now, should start getting dark at night again soon. Loving the russian roads feels like real rally driving

The Last & The Ludicrous [Abandoned...] 2006-08-02 08:12:11

In atipay. All going well. Convoy had its first taste of off road and survived....

Hi Jet Set [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-02 08:10:43

spent night in old skool russian motel. Got stopped by police twice. Cop claimed we were doing 110 in town... Too funny

celtic chancers [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-02 08:07:22

@3618 mls. Stayed in qulsary with local & other teams. Better than potholes! V.friendly people. Would love a wash & mum's cooking now tho.

Mongol Mocha [Completed...] 2006-08-02 07:41:05

Still in kazk, every1 is really friendly-great country, rubbish rds thou.fable to remember is the hare and the tortoise.

Couple-Of-Wrinklies [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-02 06:49:29

100km 5hrs!car-size potholes ate 1 car..almost,3 exhausts,2wheels!garage made exhausts n 4 sumpguards while wait.kwik fit kazakh stylee!

The Hearse Flies [Abandoned - but finished without car...] 2006-08-02 06:15:28

Damn, just got speeding fine in russia... Anyone going to be in samara tonight and fancy a beer, give us a shout! 07968 377 067

Bonkers Bovine [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-02 06:10:40

Slow progress roads v bad or dont exist, maps are rubbish and locals dont know the way to anywhere! About 80 mls from Uzbek border

Mongolian Taxi Service [Completed...] 2006-08-02 06:04:44

Been out of mobile range for 2 days. Still convoying with snails and minis. 80km from Aqtobe. Roads improving at last. Have to decide soon: north or south?

UB or not UB? [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-02 05:57:08

volgograd - just saw a dancing bear!

Mini Adventure (The B Team) [Completed...] 2006-08-02 05:48:35

Wow we have mobile signal. Heading to aktobe still. Taken 2 days now. Cars are taking a beating but doing well. Avoiding uzbek and kyryg now cos of trouble

Fuel? 2006-08-02 05:47:55

A good kip in the desert. decided to slip out turk. About to head for uzbek

The Last & The Ludicrous [Abandoned...] 2006-08-02 05:45:11

On road in kaza, scamp really is up to full strengh and performing well. Seen some camels!

The Desert Dashers [Completed...] 2006-08-02 05:38:58

going to cross the kazak border this morning-car ok few rattles but still running. police are a pain but so far only cost 3 cigs!

Marcos Polo [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-02 05:18:58

had tea with the turkish army. Now socialiasing with the ayatollah. Holding 2 hope 4 turkmen visa. Team marco polo xxx

Team Snailracer [Completed...] 2006-08-02 03:32:46

Another night in kaz. Slightly better roads this morning. Aqtobe by this afternoon?

Mongolian Taxi Service [Completed...] 2006-08-02 03:30:18

Been heading from atyrau to aktobe the last two days. Road is terrible, potholes everywhere.. Looking to arrive in aktobe this pm - 500km in 48 hours.

Island Monkeys [Completed...] 2006-08-01 21:18:42

Dear island monkey and ub parents, we are all safe and happy and having an early night ready for a long drive tomorrow.

The Hearse Flies [Abandoned - but finished without car...] Team progress map 2006-08-01 20:04:36

middle of nowhere, enjoying quality campfire food before snuggling into coffin deck sleeping paradise... Still need bath though!

Lost And Hungry [Abandoned...] Team progress map 2006-08-01 19:54:00

Home safe and sound. Once again good luck to all still driving! Wish we were with you!

Lost And Hungry [Abandoned...] Team progress map 2006-08-01 19:52:28

3 days in Moscow. Becky got ill and also had to go see a Russian dentist! Headed home cos of it all.

Fiesta Fun Truck [Completed...] 2006-08-01 19:35:51

In aktobe, after nursing battered cars,stumbled across scottish oil workers who have let us shower & crash,feeding us vodka & trying to give us a horses head?

Mongol Blues [Completed...] 2006-08-01 18:51:38

Camping in middle of kazak desert oil field with random set of french people and the bugger bognor, gooby and marc-o-polo crews

Health & Safety [Abandoned...] 2006-08-01 18:50:06

Hit moscow at rush hour with no indicators...what a laugh... Lucky we have a roo bar... Totaled some lada's. Going to drink vodka!

Mongol Mary [Completed...] 2006-08-01 18:38:57

The boredom of driving was relieved slightly when we saw 2 dogs getting it on next to the road, was very amusing.

Mongol Mary [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-01 18:38:09

no doubt we'll get lost in another city!

The Last & The Ludicrous [Abandoned...] 2006-08-01 18:36:29

Stopped 4 night just outside some kaza town. Camp stoves r go...

Directionless [Completed...] 2006-08-01 18:26:36

In penza. Absolutely soaked, made up a tent between cars. Wheel bearing gone, so hope to get sorted 2mw. On a mission for barnaul. Can some1 txt weather 4russia

GO MONGOL [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-01 18:23:51

Did Russian border in 2 hrs + 1 small 'fine'. Nearly sank car in large puddle but all still good. Bloody big place this. We nearly there yet?

Team Jager [Abandoned - returned...] 2006-08-01 18:13:53

Got a green card AT LAST. fell out of window en route. panic. found it, had to overtake camper vans to get there first. in another queue now. sigh.

Next stop mongolia [Completed...] 2006-08-01 17:33:30

The teams we are travelling with are updating their websites with pics etc: and u should b able tosee where we r

Team Ramrod [Completed...] 2006-08-01 17:05:53

Unbelievable! convoy together again. Guess who showed up with them? Newyorkistan and their group. Much rejoicing!

Team Jager [Abandoned - returned...] 2006-08-01 16:53:44

still waiting for this bloody green card. we havent even got to the border yet. 6 and a half hours of waiting but we found another mongol rally team!

Bravo5 [Completed...] 2006-08-01 16:48:28

long day to cover only 260km. Camped with mongoltaxi, snailracer, and two orange minis south of shubarkuduk. Say lots of eagles and some kingfishers today.AllOK

Mongol Mocha [Completed...] 2006-08-01 16:46:09

Just had the car pimped by some kazak mechanic-sump guard fitted as underneath of car was getting a battering.

UB or not UB? [Completed...] 2006-08-01 16:25:28

Found monkeys at 5 in the morning in a wooden hut after being pulled over by russian police for a long chat for not speeding! Heading to volgograd. X

The Last & The Ludicrous [Abandoned...] 2006-08-01 14:23:53

Now in kaza. Nice and easy. Scamp running well. Border guards signed cars and had a quick drive. Roads r interesting...

Alan Paca [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-01 14:08:41

randomly bumpd in2 ralliers n campd, unfortunately ryt by airfield! Drinks n so on. Off2georgia

Up The Proverbial Creek [Abandoned...] 2006-08-01 13:18:34

The Beast is fixed!Flipflop cruise control re-engaged and cruising to Georgia!Thanks to the boys at Uzunoglu for finding and fixing the problem,cheap!

Island Monkeys [Completed...] 2006-08-01 12:56:34

We've bought 2 pairs of rayban aviators for £4 each. Shorts and shades spec. Woodlice. Route changed to avoid chechen rebels popping a couple'a caps in us.Word.

celtic chancers [Completed...] 2006-08-01 12:36:01

Spent nite camping, woke up & chatted 2 goat herder. V. bad terrain. Broke engine in pothole, fixed for 40 bucks. Met local, having lunch now with him. Tough!!

Fuel? 2006-08-01 12:15:04

Rolling in to atyrau, they have a oneils!

The Last & The Ludicrous [Abandoned...] 2006-08-01 12:09:53

Russians have replaced alternater & fixed faulty wiring. Convoy gone on ahead but im sure we will catch them & if scamp really is up2 full strengh, overtake!

Team Snailracer [Completed...] 2006-08-01 11:56:32

Kazakhstan! Where off road is better than on....

Island Monkeys [Completed...] 2006-08-01 11:55:43

Can't seem to shake those pesky UB girls, we are storming russia with them. Time now UK +3hrs. Seen some angry commy statues.Car losing oil+water but all good

Team Ramrod [Completed...] 2006-08-01 11:53:53

Just had a tasty latte at coffee shop at hotel while we wait on the convoy to arrive - Lucas Speed Limit and co.

Team Loaded [Abandoned...] 2006-08-01 11:46:09

Wish our german was better.Motor is 'kaput'.German grease monkey just keeps doing thumbs down.They're doing something to it.This town has no pub,or internet.

Fiesta Fun Truck [Completed...] 2006-08-01 11:30:11

Kasak's SO warm & welcumin, roads big prob's, av 20mph potholes.sand.mud.45% inclines, car taken battering. Done 3700m. Kipt in cafe after dinner. Loving it!

Hi Jet Set [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-01 10:44:53

enjoyed moscow. Had dinner with georgian mafia last night. fixed exhaust so no more carbon monoxide beauty treatment

Team Jager [Abandoned - returned...] 2006-08-01 10:36:59

arrived at the border only to be told we need a green ticket. man in ticket booth says we should wait. expected waiting time: 4 hours. awesome.

GB Yak Polo [Completed...] 2006-08-01 10:03:09

The garage took a bottle of oil and the car and the oil bottle came back empty. 20 mins labour for £4. And they smiled. Bonus. Just off to kazhk boarder

Monkey Tank [Completed...] 2006-08-01 09:57:29

Arnold the monkey has fallen off the roof somewhere between turk iran border in no mans land! Mr hossein and Nina are hunting for him!

Mongol Mocha [Completed...] 2006-08-01 09:56:21

Having perfected the u turn i am now a master of the pothole avoiding weave-essential for kazak roads.

Marcos Polo [Completed...] 2006-08-01 09:53:16

First nite in russia slept from 5am till midday, now giving the bugs a much needed service. Polos exhaust is sparking majorly on russian roads.

The Hearse Flies [Abandoned - but finished without car...] 2006-08-01 09:41:13

Flies in russia, just left belgorod, heading for saratov via star.Oskol and borisoglebsk - give us a shout if anyone else is about! 07968 377 067

The Last & The Ludicrous [Abandoned...] 2006-08-01 09:31:14

Russians appear to b trying to fit a new alternator, at the moment it doesnt quite go...

Slikroute [Abandoned...] 2006-08-01 09:22:02

Convoy was halted last night by 4 armed turkish soldiers as we had strayed upon a turkish army compound..Decided not to cause them any aggro.They were lucky.

Spanish bullfighters [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-01 09:06:22

pasamos aral lanzados hacia tashkent con caminos nefastos. Se nota el apoyo desde madrid. En la brecha

Monkey Tank [Completed...] 2006-08-01 09:05:41

A wonderful welcome to iran. We are at border waiting for customs to finish,currently sitting drinking tea with a lovely lady in the tourism office.

Boulder Mobile [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-01 08:54:59

just parked on double yellows by the bank in front of police. 15 mins later police buy us big bag of hazelnuts. I like this system.

The Last & The Ludicrous [Abandoned...] 2006-08-01 08:48:18

Scamp dead, beleaved to b alternator. Currently in dodgy russian garage....we shall c.

The Hearse Flies [Abandoned - but finished without car...] Team progress map 2006-08-01 08:38:38

russia - crossed border midnight last night, trouble as wrong papers, saved by english speaker in queue sweet talking them for us!

Nervous Breakdown [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-01 08:28:13

Roads have to be seen to be beleived in kz. 100 miles a day. Broke a gbox mount only got 3 gears now. Campin with other ralliers 3831mtotal

Mongol Mystery Machine [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-01 08:11:41

spent yesterday with a russian ex submariner's family- lots of fun and vodka. Now heading over the vast expanse of russia towards Kazakh.

Send A Rhino [Abandoned...] 2006-08-01 08:06:28

Drove to Georgia past zillion police with no insurance to find that due to some 'independent country' we have to go back.Hope every1 else is havin as much 'fun'

GOING GOING GONGOLIA [Abandoned...] Team progress map 2006-08-01 07:43:38

Turkish visas 30 euros,turkish insurance 38 euros,turkish fuel £1.20 per litre,pulling into a turkish military base in the middle of the night,priceless

GB Yak Polo [Completed...] 2006-08-01 07:41:10

Team gb yak polo are currently in a russian garage outside samara. Just came in to ask for a transmission oil top up. So far 5 mechanics and alot of spanners??

Fuel? 2006-08-01 07:34:25

Just seen our first camels!

Mongol Rally Madness [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-01 07:23:53

in volgograd and Gleavo nearly shat himself! Brilliant. Heading to astrakhan tonight for a wash and some sleep. 3 cars good, ben and james fixing today.

Fuel? 2006-08-01 07:05:15

Ahh now the car is in kazakhstan as well as us. Sand dunes around us, may have a quick dip in the caspian later

Team Twister [Abandoned...] 2006-08-01 06:36:51

Busy day.Bodged one exhaust,two rear suspensions.Its amazing what you can do with gaffa tape and 5mm ply.Slept in tents in random field happy to have survived

Boulder Mobile [Completed...] 2006-08-01 06:24:13

Great night camping near Ordu. Had a fire too. Split from other 2cv as we head to iran

The Scenic Pandas [Completed...] 2006-08-01 06:22:28

Heading through volgograd to astrahan today. Should be near kazakhstan tonight.

The Lumley Run. Episode 2 [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-01 06:21:56

Over the border in Oralsk. Having sump guard fitted. Zut alors, not only do beards itch, gone ginger too! Brilliant.

The Last & The Ludicrous [Abandoned...] 2006-08-01 06:01:29

Picked up another team at hotel. Heading for border now. Kaza here we come!

Fuel? 2006-08-01 05:35:32

At kazakhstan boarder for the second time, we are confused

Mongol Dragons [Completed...] 2006-08-01 04:40:00

Woke up to find we camped next to an ants nest. Scorpions here too!

Mini Adventure (The B Team) [Completed...] 2006-08-01 04:00:04

Camped with mongolian taxi service and team snailracer last night. We're convoying to aktobe in north Kazakhstan. Roads are virtually non existant

Goldy Looking Micra [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-01 03:23:47

253 kms from astana we now have tarmac- could murder a bacon sandwich

Goldy Looking Micra [Completed...] Team progress map 2006-08-01 03:19:07

from actobe we headed north to kostanay sh1t road lost for most of the day

UB or not UB? [Completed...] 2006-08-01 02:28:42

We're through to mother russia! Only 6 hours at border, russians very thourough - no bribes tho. Forced to buy comp disk??? X

UB or not UB? [Completed...] 2006-07-31 23:45:25

Through ukraine using only our smiles, think we amused the border boys. now in another queue to do russian bit. Patience needed bn here 4hrs now x

Kahn It Be Done? [Completed...] 2006-07-31 23:45:01

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