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Stage 1: Hamburg -> Berlin

16.06.2012 in Culture, Locale

I had set my alarm early to pick Kim up at Hamburg airport for a 7:30 arrival… but the alarm turned out to be unnecessary as I was awakened by one of the 7 other dudes in bunks at the hostels vomiting all over the…

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Sky To Sea

15.06.2012 in Culture, Locale

Three days of solo driving might just be enough to drive one mad.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining!  The scenery and experience has been absolutely amazing.  But after 1,000 miles with nobody to talk to but yourself, well, I talk to myself a…

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MapTastic

14.06.2012 in Culture, Locale

Want to check out exactly where I’ve been? Or maybe you just like maps… I have my handy GPS logger for tagging my photos which is nice enough to create a little track for me to post.  Here are my daily tracks for the last…

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Qualifying Pre-Stage: Eidfjord

12.06.2012 in Culture, Locale

“What do you get if you win?” people often ask about these adventure rallies.  The second question, in response to my chuckle about winning, is always, “so this isn’t a race?”.  No, this isn’t the Gumball 3000.  This isn’t a Mad Mad Mad Mad World…

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First Weekend In Oslo

11.06.2012 in Culture, Locale

20 hours door to door, from my house in Seattle early Friday morning to Dan’s apartment in Oslo Saturday at noon. I can’t say quick, certainly not as pleasant as the Iceland Air flight to Reykjavik… but at least the 10 minute sprint from gate…

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Rallying Fools Again

19.03.2012 in Culture, People

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly two years since I was boarding a plane to London to purchase two Fiat Puntos that would transport our team of 6 to Mongolia.  The Mongol Rally was such a huge undertaking… fund raisers, international vehicle purchasing, camping…

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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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Naadam In Seattle

16.07.2010 in Culture

Every July 10th/11th Mongolians celebrate Naadam, a Mongolian Olympics of sorts.  Naadam is a celebration of the 3 “manly” sports and the military traditions they represent: archery, horseback racing, and wrestling. Tom, Jean and I were joined by some friends out in Redmond’s Farrel McWhirter…

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We’re Rich!

02.07.2010 in Culture

tugrik Originally uploaded by autarken Well, rich in our friends and experiences that is. We’ve been lucky enough to befriend a former rallier, Chatham, from last year’s rally who lives in Seattle, and he kindly donated some of his Mongolian tugrik to us… then Joe…

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