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A Week in Ulaan Bataar

Having finished the official aspects of the rally our convoy of nine set about enjoying the lovely city of Ulaan Bataar, which ralliers...

And the ATC Team Crosses the Finish Line!

The Citroen Saxo was literally breaking in half. Our previous day’s welding was only a band aid on the larger fact that the frame was...

The Beginning of the End

After leaving the Aussie mining camp we hit the road hard, trying to make up time and cover ground since we’d been relaxing for two...

The Best Worst Luck Ever

This is the story of how a lone Aussie walking around in an un-named ger village in the middle of the Mongolian steppe managed to save our...

The Surprise Recovery of the ATC Saxo

We pulled out of Khovd behind schedule and a bit fearful of our Citroen Saxo’s ability to make it all the way to UlaanBataar. The...

A Road is Not a Road in Mongolia

Despite the horrible past few days, we were determined to enjoy Mongolia as much as possible and to return to having fun on the rally. We...

The Mongol Rally Border Holding Pen — PART TWO –

It wasn’t that late when the army arrived. Five men in camouflage must have heard the guards were being treated like kings and wanted a...

The Mongol Rally Border Holding Pen – PART ONE –

From the previous post you learned we had trouble getting through the various windows to get through Mongolian customs and border control....

Mongolia, We’ve Arrived…….almost

We waited in line with the Belfast Boys who had arrived at the Mongolian border before us until 9:00am. As the gates were ready to open, a...

Eastern or Western Route North from Tashkent to Russia?

Before leaving Tashkent I spent several hours pouring over countless maps of Kazakhstan and Russia, trying to work out the best route to...

A Week of R&R in Tashkent

It is an amazing thing to meet up with one’s parents in the middle of nowhere. We met my folks in Tashkent for a week of R&R at...

Farewell, Convoy

As with all good things, it was time for our little convoy of three cars to end. The Abandon the Cube team had visas and plans to head into...

Stalingrad – Not One Step Back

Seemingly small from a distance, the Battle of Stalingrad monument is absolutely massive.  It takes a few minutes to realize the tiny dots...

Onward to Volgograd!

Imagine you have just jumped out of a hot shower on an extremely hot day, and then you plug in the hair dryer on high heat and point it...

Loss of a Rallier

This morning we got word via email from The Adventurists (the organizing body for the Mongol Rally) that one of our fellow ralliers had...

Border Crossing with Russia

We anticipated a bit of hassle crossing the Ukrainian border into Russia, but we in no way were prepared for the events that transpired...

Odessa, City of Intrigue and Limited Lodging

We rolled into Odessa quite late in the evening, having been held up at the border a bit longer than anticipated. Odessa came highly...

A Long, Long Wait at the Border and Ukrainian Traffic Police

Crossing any protected border is a bit of a pain. Over the past few years we’ve had our fair share of problems at various border...

Moldova, Moldovan Separatist Region

Rumors are not always proven true, and that was the case for us in Moldova. We had heard it was the most corrupt and difficult place to...

Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress

Driving up to Dracula’s castle in a rally car takes away some of the Transylvania mystique that we so associate with the place. We did...

The Transfagaran Pass

If you haven’t seen the British TV show “Top Gear” then you probably aren’t alone. I haven’t seen it either. But, apparently...

Oradea and the First Gypsy

Gypsies, it turns out, do not have a very good reputation in Romania. Having driven from Budapest, we were exhausted by the time we reached...

Budapest, Though Buda more than Pest

Budapest has received a lot of fan fare in recent years for its bohemian settings and casual expat culture. We got to experience a bit of...

Budapest, Hungary and the Case of the Sad Sorry Side Wheel

Needless to say, the entire convoy of people were now desperate for a shower and a few days to rest. We saw signs for Budapest and drove...

Bratislava, Slovakia and the Giant Chair

We arrived in Bratislava that evening after leaving Vienna. We heard it would be cheaper in Slovakia than Austria, but a quick consultation...