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Thanks and kudos to AQL for the SMS to email service that made this possible!

Here are the latest blogs from all the teams on the rally. Only teams that have included location data in their blogs appear on the map, and their location is the last one we know about; having said that, we do try to add their location if they mention where they are!

Friday 11 Jul 2014 06:30

Very clean vehicle back from the Toyota repair shopVery clean vehicle back from the Toyota repair shopIn front of our hotel in Trabzon, Turkey after the Toyota repair shop power washed our vehicle.  We had a least an inch of encrusted bugs on the front of the vehicle.  Now the bumper shines so well that you can see your reflection.  Both Dave and Roger are not shaving, as is clearly evident in this picture.  In a few weeks they will both look like Santa Claus, except for the round belly. I continue to shave everyday.

Friday 11 Jul 2014 06:24

Roger wading in the Black SeaRoger wading in the Black Sea  Roger taking time to cool off in the Black Sea at Trabzon, Turkey.  It is not what you would call a "Beach".  Yes, that is a "white" beard taking shape on his face.

Thursday 10 Jul 2014 17:46

Yesterday driving from Istanbul to Trabzon, on the Black Sea coast, our Toyota had two incidences of power loss.  We knew there was a Toyota dealer in Trabzon, so we decided to spent the day here getting the truck checked out by a Toyota technician.  This morning we drove to the dealer, a couple of kms from the hotel.  What a great surprise!  I went in to talk, hopefully, to the service manager.  It turned out his English was excellent, and his dream is, when he retires, to drive to Mongolia.  Instant friends for life.  We were there less than 5 minutes when a technician came out and took the truck into the shop to check it out.  About 45 minutes later we got the report that there were three problems.  First the fuel filter was in bad shape.&  read more »

Thursday 10 Jul 2014 07:08
Thursday 10 Jul 2014 02:43

 

We have blasted through Europe - gone about 2000 miles in 4 days of driving.

Been to 10 countries: Britain, France, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Turkey; and three beautiful mountain ranges: the Austrian Alps, the Dinaride Mountains and the Bulkans.   read more »

Wednesday 09 Jul 2014 19:41
Wednesday 09 Jul 2014 06:58

Hi, we are leaving Budapest heading towards Russia

Tuesday 08 Jul 2014 14:48
we are leaving Budapest tomorrow morning, heading towards Romania
Tuesday 08 Jul 2014 14:48
we are leaving Budapest tomorrow morning, heading towards Romania
Monday 07 Jul 2014 19:29

There are several disadvantages of righthand drive in countries outsie of England.  Toll booths, parking garage tickets depensers, etc, are at the passenger's window.  If you are traveling alone, it is a bother.  The worst advantage is driving on a two lane road and behind a slow moving truck.  If you are alone you have to pull completely into the oncoming lane to see if any vehicle is coming.  Not good.  read more »

Monday 07 Jul 2014 11:18
london
Sunday 06 Jul 2014 20:27

We are only eating two meals a day, morning and evening.  The first day still in England, we had to train Roger as he typically doesn't eat breakfast.  Well, by late afternoon Roger was eating anything he could get his hands on.  Yes, his little finger on his right hand is now missing.  He is now eating breakfast.

Sorry for using the initials KfK yesterday.  It stands for Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe.  How's that for a good German word?  It means Nuclear Research Center Karlsruhe.  It is operated by the University of Karlsruhe, one of the best technical university in Germany.  read more »

Saturday 05 Jul 2014 21:21
What a day it was!!!  We arrived at Leeds Castle for the official launch of the 2014 Mongolia Charity Rally.  There are 11 vechicles participating from Leeds Castle; there might be more joining us in Europe.  Without question, we have the cheapest, smallest, and uglyest vehicle in the rally.  The group included were four ambulances, on of which was four wheel drive.  A couple of "camper vans" which looked like a grocery store inside.  Teams with jackets, with embossed team name and logo.  Our Channel Tunnel train was booked for 10:50am, but our departure was delayed from Leeds Castle because the electric gate malfunctioned.  I got my tools out to unbolt the crossbar, but the personal from Leeds Castle told me that if I did that they would se
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Friday 04 Jul 2014 21:05

See the Flip videos of the Official MongoliaCharityRally 2014 Kickoff at Leeds Castle and one in Chunnel.

http://youtu.be/bXhYbpmpduE   read more »

Friday 04 Jul 2014 18:40
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