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Tagged With: Mongol Rally

Mongol Rally, Day 25: Siberian crime bait

  “I never make stupid mistakes.  Only very, very clever ones.” –John Peel .  I have skills. Navigating around Siberia is evidently not one of them. Today we drove from the eastern Kazakhstani city of Karaganda to somewhere in Siberia. I say somewhere because I currently have no idea where we are. And this, my friends, … Continue reading »

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Mongol Rally, Day 24: Lure of the open road

“I think that travel comes from some deep urge to see the world, like the urge that brings up a worm in an Irish bog to see the moon when it is full.” –Lord Dunsany I like to call myself a reformed desk dweller. Life used to be spent behind a slab of wood. My spirit … Continue reading »

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Mongol Rally, Day 23: No stars for this hotel

  The posters are about the only happy thing about this hotel. (Leon Legothetis) You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm. –Colette Well into the third week of the 10,000-mile Mongol Rally, I arrived in the eastern Kazakhstani town of Balkesh. The sun was no more. Steve and I had driven about 12 … Continue reading »

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Mongol Rally, Day 22: Inspiring moments

I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders. –Jewish proverb The drive from Uzbekistan to Kazakhstan was abruptly curtailed when I arrived at the wrong border crossing. The crossing was closed for repairs and there was supposedly another one about 60 miles away. The only sticking point: I had no idea how to … Continue reading »

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Mongol Rally, Day 21: Life is what happens when plans are made

In Uzbekistan, it’s easy to get money exchanged, even when the banks are closed. But it may not be the recommended way to do so. (Leon Logothetis)   When you jump for joy, beware that no one moves the ground from beneath your feet. –Stanislaw Lec Friday was supposed to be my day of calmness. I … Continue reading »

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Mongol Rally, Days 18, 19 and 20: problems, perseverance and pals

Our host for the night in an Uzbekistan field was Sunat (right), who fed us melons and brought his friends to meet us. (Leon Logothetis / August 3, 2012) Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. –Helen Keller Who drives across a third of the world’s surface on a 10,000-mile road trip and … Continue reading »

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Mongol Rally, Day 17: In Turkmenistan, we ask: Is it time to quit?

On the road in Turkmenistan–but calling it a road dignifies it. (Leon Logothetis / July 30, 2012)   On Monday morning, I was awakened by a dog chasing a camel. I got  up and exited my tent to see what the commotion was and then the camel started chasing me. Welcome to Turkmenistan. It was … Continue reading »

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Mongol Rally, Day 16: Remembering what’s important on the road

Turkmenistani villagers welcome the Mongol Ralliers. (Leon Logothetis / July 29, 2012) The Mongol Rally, the 10,000-mile road trip that started in Britain and should end in about three weeks in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, is not just about adventures. Equally important are the people you connect with along the way. On Sunday night, I had … Continue reading »

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Mongol Rally, Day 15: Buoyed by the kindness of strangers

On Day 15 of the Mongol Rally in Aktau, Kazakhstan, Artem and Bashad helped repair the punctured tire for Leon Logothetis (right). (Leon Logothetis / July 28, 2012) What this world needs is a new kind of army—the army of the kind. –Cleveland Amory About 1,100 miles ago we were  on the outskirts of Volgograd, Russia. … Continue reading »

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Mongol Rally, Day 14: It’s like a blessed mirage in the desert

If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get. — Frank A. Clark As I set up my tent the words of the Kazakh man at the gas station (see Day 13 post) were ringing in my ears: “And bandits at night.” Yes. Kazakhstani … Continue reading »

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