Our team, William Luangrath and Christopher Eastman, decided a while ago upon doing some charity work with a bit of a twist, the twist being doing one of the few things people rarely get to do in a lifetime!
With many ideas being floated around we were struck with a brainwave of trying to incorporate experiencing new cultures, attempting something completely new to us, meeting fantastic people and raising money for charity. From this starting point and some research into adventure charity events we chose the 2010 Mongolia Charity Rally.
In short this is a charity rally spanning 10,000 kilometres in a working vehicle that we will later hand over in Mongolia to benefit the local community. We have been allocated a place on this rally and have chosen the team name of ‘Ninja Security’.
The two charities that we will be supporting are Go Help! and CLIC Sargeant. CLIC being particularly close to our hearts as a close friend passed away last year from leukaemia and he was heavily involved in their fundraising. Go Help! are the charity of choice of the rally organisers and are involved in a wide range of projects in Mongolia.
So after 35 days on the road we rolled into a rather rainy Ulaanbaatar. No amount of rain could surpress our joy at making it. Especially after our rather lengthy list of mechanical issues and after driving for 18 hours a day over the last few days.
Seems like once again we got rather lucky. It took us only 4 hours to get through the Mongolian border. While we were waiting we met a Spanish team from the Mongol Rally who had been there 24 hours and were still there when we left.
The Red Knight got a wash for the first time since long before our ownership and we handed over the keys to Go Help!. Fortunately our sadness at saying good bye was more than offset by the awesome throphies we recieved. Definately a fair swap.
It hasn't sunk in yet but we will soon be on a plane back home. My only regret is that we don't have more time to explore this amazing country.
Our trip in numbers
9,500 - Miles travelled
900 - Litres of fuel used (sorry environment)
13 - Countries visited
6 - Times we went to a garage for repairs
17 - Times stopped by police
3 - Number of bribes paid
50 - value of bribes paid in USD
2 - Number of legitimate fines we talked our way out off
1 - Phone stolen
2 - Number of times we required a tow
1 - Number of times we gave a tow
1 Ninja Security!