We were about to start off on our adventure this morning and we went to the gas station to fill up the gas tank. After spending 75 pounds for 73 liters, we noticed fluid dripping under the Discovery. Sure enough - it turned out to be a leak from the gas tank. After lots of searching and calling, the end result is that we are stuck in London until Tuesday when a new tank can be delivered and installed. So for the next five days we will be tourists in London. There could be worse things so it's not too bad. read more »
After driving 8,500 miles from London to Mongolia on the Mongolia Charity Rally 2009 - organised by UK registered charity Go Help - in their racing green Land Rover Discovery, and raising over $2,000 for Save the Children, Team Grand Canyon 2 (Arthur and Jeff) made it to Mongolia in style. The Land Rover Discovery is resting comfortably in a heated home and awaiting sale once spring arrives, to support the Go Help Mongolia fund. Thanks to Team Grand Canyon 2, and we'll be updating everyone on the sale of the vehicle in the spring! The Charity Rallies Team
We delivered the Disco to the Rally Representitive in Olgii last night. The final drive was about 5 miles through Olgii in reverse at dusk. Only stopped once by police on a bridge. One officer was amused, the other exasperated. Finally told us to go on, use our flashers, and keep under 10 mph. Poor nights sleep in hotel due to many barking dogs. Passed 50 to 60 dogs on the way to the airport. Olgii needs a dog catcher. read more »
We fried the transmission about 30 miles north of Tsaanagaar in a mud bog. Took 3 hours to dig and jack us up to the point we could rock the car out. Something in the transmission went and we could only get reverse gear. So we drove backwards for 30 miles to Tsaanagaar and spent the night in the ger of a very commercially oriented family.
Got towed into Olgii and will fly out tomorrow morning. Should have bought a Mitsubishi or Toyota instead of a POS Landrover. Bye all.
Made it to Barnaul tonight. In a hotel with a 24 hour restaurant and bar. Tomorrow (Sunday) we will look for jerry cans for spare gas and may head into the Altai with some Mongol Ralliers for camping. Should make Mongolia Monday.
Spent last night in Semey at Hotel Bindar. Wireless internet there attacked my computer and caused multiple blue screens of death.
18 hour drive brought us around 750 miles to Astana. Downtown looks like Las Vegas at night. Couldn't tell the hotels from the casinos. Road for the last 120 miles was a brand new high speed freeway. The rest of the roads varied between 20 mph paved and highways. We drove on the dirt road used for servicing the telephone poles whenever possible because it was faster. Spent last night in a Radisson with hot running water and an in-room bathroom. Last night was a $13 walk-up, wash room down the hall, irregular running water, and a toilet in the back yard (no water). read more »
Drove up the coast f rom Sochi and got into weekend traffic going home from the beaches. 4 hours of stop and go traffic. Made it into Stavropol and were the only ones in a hotel next to a convention center. Wouldn't have found it but a local led us there.
Left early in the morning for Astrakhan. Four encounters with police, four fines. We were going to take the route through Russia to Barnaul, but are losing too much time and money with polices so were are going through northern Kazakhstan. Route is now Atiraw-Aqtobe-Qostany-Astana-Pavlodar-Semey. Hope we can make it in 5 days.
We have landed safely from the ferry crossing. No air conditioning,
hot, humid, no beds (all beds were taken when we got the tickets).
Boarded the car at 3:00 PM and us at 5:00 PM. It was supposed to leave
at 7:00 PM but actually left around 1:00 AM. Arrived Sochi at 1:30 PM
today, so 12 hours was right for the ride. Took about 3.5 hours to
wait for the no-car passengers to disembark, get ourselves through
customs, then get the car through customs. Russian customs was very professional and helpful. No complaints at all, except the time, which was understandable considering an entire ferry was landing and we waited in a breezy.shaded section of the boat until everyone else had gone down to customs. read more »