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Hello! And welcome to our FIRST blog entry!
Since we first announced we were taking part in the Mongol Rally, both Simon and Sean have finished their degrees, meaning they have loads of free time to organise everything before race day! Scott is unfortunately in the middle of his exams. However has started to learn to drive, so hopefully we will have a 3rd driver for our 10,000+ mile journey!
- We have bought a car!!! It was a bit of a struggle considering that it had to be below a 1.2 litre engine, but at the same time have enough space for the three of us and extra equipment. After a lot of searching, we found an extremely spacious and reliable blue KIA Rio, which we hope will survive the trip! To see photos of our car, click here.
- After realising you can't travel from Georgia into Russia and that Tajikistan doesn't have a boarder with China (well they do but it is at 4500m and only open to people from either country), we decide on a provisional route. Some of the highlights will be crossing Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan on the Pamir highway, and yes some of you will think we are nuts, but secretly you wish you were coming with us! Click here to see our proposed 'route', which will give you an idea of the 15+ countries we will be crossing.
- After answering questions such as "have you had fire arms and explosives training?" or "list all the countries you have visited over the past 10 years", we eventually sent off all our visa applications. We have got two already, and are waiting for the rest. Hopefully the Russian embassy won't quiz Scott and Sean about their fire arms training...
- In terms of charities, we are raising money for both the official race charity (The Lotus Children's Centre) and Alzheimer's Research UK charity, the UK's leading dementia research charity. Who specialise in funding world-class, pioneering research at leading universities to find preventions, treatments and a cure for dementia. All three of us have/had relatives suffering from this terrible disease, and with Alzheimer’s research being seriously underfunded (12 times less than Cancer research), we felt it was an apt cause to support. See the 'Charities' page for more information.
If you haven't sponsored us yet, please dig deep! Any donation, big or small, would be greatly appreciated – as every penny counts!
We will be updating this blog regularly as the preparations progress!
Simon, Scott & Sean