Old Trips and New Trips

13.08.2011 in Uncategorized

Kim and I are rapidly (maybe rabidly) packing to depart on a two week camping trip through the Great White North (Canada ‘eh!).  Today we’re on our way to Spokane (aka Spokanistan), wine tasting and Coeur D’Alene tomorrow, and then north up to Calgary, Banff,…

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Four Days in Reykjavik

18.01.2011 in Uncategorized

We tried not to let the jet lag get to us.  Flying to Reykjavik is just as far as flying to New York we told ourselves… ok maybe just little bit longer.  Except New York is not on GMT! It didn’t help that, after arriving…

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14.01.2011 in Uncategorized

I edge my way closer to the bar at the incredibly crowded b5 Lounge, too hesitantly for the Icelander next to me. I’d been told Reykjavikers are known for their directness, so I try not to be too surprised when he motions towards the bar…

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Land of Fire and Ice

13.01.2011 in Uncategorized

Having just jaunted off across Europe and Asia this summer, we almost feel guilty taking another trip so soon… almost being the key word. After all, the Mongol Rally is not exactly a vacation as much as it’s a test of endurance and cunning.  And…

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Back In Seattle

23.09.2010 in Uncategorized

Our Mongol Rally ended just over two weeks ago as we pulled into Ulaan Baatar and donated our two tiny Fiat Puntos to The Adventurists For Development. It’s taken a while for all of us to get home, to get over our jet lag, and…

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Back in UB

03.09.2010 in Uncategorized

[xmlgm {http://rally.roamgreen.org/wp-content/content/maps/bhmongolia.kmz} ] I feel like I should post a ton of photos from the last few days, but it’s 3am and there are a couple thousand to go through and edit… at this point it’s looking like you all get more photos when I…

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Have Mercy

01.09.2010 in Culture

With just a few hours sleep, we were up and back on the road at 5am this morning to make up for time lost breaking down before Dundgobi. Jean, Amy and Yasmin were off in the Land Cruiser with Tom, Kim and I following in…

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Gobi Breakdown

31.08.2010 in Uncategorized

It’s 8:30 at night, the sun has already gone down, and I’m chasing a Russian jeep through the Gobi desert with rally fog lights and high beams lighting a path over rocks and sand berms just begging to take me out for good.  I find…

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Together Again In UB

29.08.2010 in Uncategorized

Quick update: After several more hours wrestling Mongolian customs bureaucracy yesterday morning, we finally cleared at about 1pm and raced towards Ulaan Baatar.  We entered the city at about 6pm, navigated this huge maze of traffic and finally arrived at the guesthouse Kim had arranged…

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A Grand Don’t Come For Free

28.08.2010 in Uncategorized

Sheltered by a stand of trees, we didn’t quite wake up as the sun rose over the eastern shore of Lake Baikal this morning, but we were up and back on the road as early as we could muster after a full day of driving…

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Trans-Siberian “Highway”

27.08.2010 in Uncategorized

When we first signed up for the Mongol Rally I never pictured myself riding a ski lift to the top of a mountain resort… not exactly the rally milieu. Then again many of my expectations for this trip have had to acquire flexibility enough to…

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