Day 1 – Does the Pope shit in the woods?

Day 1 – Does the Pope shit in the woods?

Sunday morning, didn’t feel anything special, as we talked about in a blog post further down. I was not supposed to be picked up until around 8 PM (which then turned into 9.30 PM) left me with some spare time to just re-pack a few 200 times, and make sure I had everything, which I probably don’t. Also get luck wished upon by friends from north to south by phone, and slowly it started to sink in, this thing, we’re doing it.

Christian and the guys were late (as calculated of course ;)), and around 10 PM, we were off. First stop, the ferry in Rødby, via øresundsbroen, and somewhat Copenhagen.

Painless. Easy.

After the ferry, and the shopping for Mintuu, we headed towards Berlin, and then it started to get a bit blurry. Not because alcohol (don’t drink and drive kids), but because we arrived in Germany after 1 AM, and we’ve all been up since 7-8 AM the day before. But, due to a deadline of when we needed to be in Klenova (Klenova Castle), we trucked on as they say. Big up to Jompe who more or less drove for 11 hours straight, to get us there in time (Yeah, my face was so sleep deprived, that I couldn’t see straight, so he filled my shifts).

There’s not much to say about the drive down to Czech and Klenova other than the thing above. Well, that, and “holy shit what Germany is ‘grey’ ”. Kind of like, god created earth, and on the seventh day, he tried out the cool feature in photoshop that he just found, called “Desaturate”.

Czech had an amazing countryside. We entered in through Chemnitz, and over that little hill-range located after the border. Amazing scenery, and amazing roads.

A few hours of driving and asking for directions commenced, which made us end up at the Castle in Klenova, for the Adventurist’s Mongol Rally Launch Party.

This was around 2.30 PM, almost the time we wanted to be there … ish.

So, tents where put up, beers was had, and instead of power-naps, we socialized with the other teams who had arrived. A lot new and old faces, and even people whom had family that some of us knew in real life. Good times.

Next we knew, it was 7 PM. This is where we should have gone to bed.

Instead we went up to the castle, drank some more beers, ate some food, socialized for the better half of 2 hour. Then, the wall hit us all, hard. No sleep for over some odd 30 to 40 hours, mixed with alcohol and meat. For some, it hit in the form of just going to bed and passing out like a baby. Others stared blank into the darkness that was around us for a few hours. Some got food poisoning. Well, lets just go with food poisoning. Pretty cool nightmare, when there’s just one toilette (with a broken lock), and about 2-300 people, drunk. So, does the pope shit in the woods, well, this pope does. Quite a few times too during the night, but hey, practice makes perfect! I’m SO ready for Mongolia now!

… yeah, that happened.

Pretty ups and downs first day.