Well, the route has been rather evolutionary but with 80 days to go we have settled on our final route. We are going the fast way out to Ulaan Bataar via the E-30, then Russia and the Trans-Siberian Highway. We will follow in the tracks of the 1990 Siberian Camel Trophy Event for part of the Siberian leg before crossing into Mongolia through the northern border. After a couple of days R 'n' R we will head west across Mongolia, visiting Karakhorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia and other scenic areas explored during the 1997 Mongolian Camel Trophy Event, including Turtle Rock.
We will leave Mongolia via the Western border and traverse the beautiful Russian Altay Mountains before dropping south from Barnaul to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Re-entering Kazakhstan following one of the many remote paths that make up the ancient Silk Road we will attempt to find Baikonur, the former Soviet Space Centre. This might be a challenge as it is located about 200 miles away from it's mapped position (a cunning plan to put off missile targeters during the Cold War). It's still in use for occasional Russian missile tests even today, but parts of the site are open to the public and we hope to stand on Yuri Gagarin's launch pad and marvel.... at concrete slabs ... don't worry, it's a Space thing !
After Kazakhstan we will continue west through Volgograd, admiring Mother Russia along the way before braving the Ukraine one last time. From Kiev it will be a straight forward run back through western Europe taking in Krakow, Prague, the Nurburgring and the Ardennes before crossing the Channel back to dear old Blighty.
Or something like that ... four weeks, three drivers, two charities and one Capri ..... and 13,500 miles of fun-filled adventure ..... How hard can it be?