Mongol Rally, Day 26: Friends to the end - Leon Logothetis

August 9, 2012

Mongol Rally, Day 26: Friends to the end

“A good friend is a connection to life – a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world.”  –Lois Wyse

Many people have questioned the sanity of driving from London to Mongolia, especially after last year’s near-fatal car crash in a Romanian village. “Don’t do it Leon.” “It’s too dangerous.” “Its nuts what your doing.” I must say I totally agree with the nuts part. But what people don’t understand is that Steve and I have this insane urge to find our way to Mongolia. Nothing will stop us.

We are doing it for the adventure. For the crazy Russian border guards who scream at us because we are English. For the Kazakhstani truck drivers who try to run us over. For the friendship we have formed.

We have driven nearly 7,500 miles together on this trip. Yet throughout this journey we have stayed as one. We have worked together. We have battled through the setbacks and marveled at the successes. We have grown. Above all we have kept our friendship intact. And this is no mean feat under the stresses of this crazy rally.

We are constantly under pressure. We are constantly making decisions that could be the end of us. Yet, we stay together. Our common goal of reaching Mongolia keeps our friendship intact. I couldn’t imagine doing this rally with anyone else. Here’s to Steve. And to friendship.