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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!

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
Thursday 03 Jul 2014 20:01

Drove out of London today, which seems like it took forever, and are in residence in Maidstone, close to the Leeds Castle, where we meet Saturday morning for kick off, and the channel tunnel.  Just got word today that tomorrow we will get our certificate which, in Baku, we can turn in for our transit visa through Tukmanistan.  Yea, it has been a long time coming.  Spent a fair amount of time getting the Toyota Hilux tested out, by driving it over curbs, and the roughest, narrowest roads we could fine.  Brakes work great, as they were called into action several times on the narrow two way roads around Maidstone.  Bought tools to fix almost anything that goes wrong, plus some WD40 (the latch on the tail gate did not work well, it did the job), and motor oil in the  read more »

Thursday 03 Jul 2014 17:14
Thursday 03 Jul 2014 15:41
Thursday 03 Jul 2014 07:12

Picked up the truck yesterday.  It has some cosmetic issues, and a little rust in places.  The fuel gauge does not work, so I will be computing the mileage we get and then using the odormeter as a fuel gauge.  It is not worth trying to fix the gauge.  It drives well (even on the "wrong side of the road")with the new brakes and shocks.  Been giving out t-shirts to the people helping us get ready of the departure.  Going through customs at Heathrow, the customs agent asked me what I was doing in the UK.  When I told him, he got all excited and told me about his trip all the way through Africa, north to the southern tip.  Then he wanted to know what vehicle we had purchased, etc.  He wished us well on our travels.  We got all the car papers  read more »

Wednesday 02 Jul 2014 22:26
Sunday 29 Jun 2014 10:18
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