Amir pointed out a passage in the Mongol Rally handbook giving advice on the journey. It read “If nothing goes wrong, then everything has gone wrong.” I think this is very true. The trip was never meant to be easy for anyone doing it. For us it was particularly hard. We were ill prepared for the difficulties we encountered. From the state of the roads, the distances that needed to be covered, and the sheer exhaustion that driving with so much concentration can cause. What we thought was an excellent choice of car turned out to be a machine that was unsuited for the terrain (particularly due to its age) and was difficult to fix when it did go wrong. The teams that had more simply engineered cars also had major car problems, but theirs were easier and cheaper to fix.
Having said that, we did travel 10,000 miles across Europe and Asia, and we did finish the rally. Our objective was to raise money for charity, which we did, and to deliver a vehicle that the charity could use. This we also did – the car in Mongolia, even in its current state, is worth around $25,000, and this will help fund their excellent projects.
The adventure was a long and difficult one, but ultimately one I will look back on as one of my more memorable endeavours. The places I have seen, the experiences I have had and the people I have met have made it a most rewarding experience.
As my final entry in this blog, I want to thank everyone who supported us. To my friends and family who sponsored us before we left and helped us along the way, to the people who we met on our trip, to everyone who sent messages of support on our journey (they were all appreciated,) and to everyone who has been following this blog.
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