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Day 30+31+32+33+34+35+36

Still in Mongolia, still struggling to get to Ulanbataar.

One car breaks down, we fix it, second car breaks down, we tow it … for 350km. Good times!
Cars keeps getting stuck, breaking down, loosing parts, making noise. But we will not give up!
We reach the finish line. We did it. We’re fucking awesome.

BOOM!

This was the most epic adventure I have ever done, and probably ever will do, something I’ll remember for the rest of my life … not a day goes by without me thinking about it.

Let me know if you have any questions about the rally if you’re planing to do it. I’m here to help!

PEACE! :D

Music:
Skip & Die – Anti-Capitalista
Mr. Bill, ill-esha – Quixotically Speaking

Day 28+29+30

Ninth instalment of the thingie in video format we’re cutting and handing over to you in a format suiting the internets.

Still in Mongolia, still struggling to get to Ulanbataar.
Cars keeps getting stuck, breaking down, loosing parts, making noise. But we will not give up!

Music:
Deadmau5 – Ghosts ‘N’ Stuff (Nero Remix)

Be kind, have a Cigar

Be kind, have a Cigar

During our trip, Kind Cigars had given us some awesome coffee, and some exquisite cigars. Something to start each day with, and the other for winding down at the end of each day. The cigars also were a big help in Uzbekistan when on the hunt for some gas, which they were not allowed to sell.

This is Christian, enjoying one of the above, to get a fresh start, somewhere in northern Kazakhstan.

Look up Kind Cigars, they do quality shit.
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Day 23+24+25+26+27

After a stunning 4 (yes, four) days at the Mongolian border, not knowing where and what (and anything really) and when we were gonna get let into the god damned country, we finally got let in … it was four long days, but I wouldn’t change them for the world. So many memories. So little footage (it was illegal to film on the premises).
Mongolia was so awesome, you should go there. Awesome.

Music:
Ben Howard – Old Pine

Day 20+21+22+ and a few hours of 23

In between all the blog posts and gallery updates from the trip, I thought you might wanted to see the seventh instalment of the Team Venture Adventure Time Ride of Your Life Videos!

We’re reaching for the Mongol border, and it’s a far reach.

Leaving Kazakhstan, driving though the motherland (russia) and being pleasantly surprised about how amazingly stunning it is. Camping and trying to reach the mongol border since it might take a few days to get through the border itself according to rumours.

And yes, it took a while to get through.

Loving every second of it.

Music:
Yppah – Never mess with sunday
Fastpoholmen – Intro

DAY 17+18+19

Moving through Kyrgyzstan, entering the ever so boring and fubar’ed Kazakstan heading towards the glorious Семей in the north east of Kazakhstan.

Speeding tickets, repairing cars and wheels .. awesome fun! :)

Enjoy.

Music: Etienne De Crecy – Welcome (The Bloody Beetroots Remix)
The music in this one might be a little weird, but hey, I’m trying things out, bare with me :)

Day 10+11+12

Day 10, 11 & 12.

Slowly we’re moving through Kazakhstan with a few mishaps here and there to UZL along the way, only to reach a Uzbekistan that has no petrol. Joy! Adventure!

Music: Fredrik – Na Na Ni

Day 7+8+9

Day 7, 8 and 9.

Enjoy the third installment of Team Venture – Mongol Rally 2013. We’ve begun to look a bit ragged as we get the hang of sleeping rough and driving day in and day out.

Driving the last few clicks to the russian border, and then making our way to the all mighty Kazakhstan!
Meeting two new teams along the way that we would see a lot of the next few weeks. Team Saxolia, and Team BONNE+JAN.

Music: Coldcut – Sound Mirrors (Grasscut Dub)

Day 4, lets make that 4 AND 5 – Not hungover, just a little tired.

Day 4, lets make that 4 AND 5 – Not hungover, just a little tired.

We had arrived in Sibiu the night before, wanting to just have 1 beer, and crash. Well, that didn’t happen. The awesome people from team HIEHFEKBC had organized a little party at the Ursus Cotton Pub (Ursus, currently my beer of choice), with all you can muster into your puny body beer. We stayed way too long, and all tho it was super awesome meeting all the other teams, it meant that we got a terribly late start, which would mean stay in hotel in Bucuresti in order to be able to pick up the router from DHL there.

We creeped towards Trans-gargamel-transen after checking out from the hotel, and smooth ride was had.

Transfagararsen, damn. How does one start to explain how powerful and beautiful that ride was? I’m not a guy who can write stuff that pulls you in, especially not in English, so I don’t know how.

Images will probably help a lot.

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It’s now day 6, when I’m writing this post about day 4, since we’ve had our asses filled. And when not, we’ve slept. I thought that I would be able to edit film, write blog posts and edit images while Jompe was driving, but since one guy in our car (me, or sometimes Jompe, if he lets me drive) has to navigate, it is impossible to do anything other than navigate, and then try to sleep before it’s your turn to drive again.

These last days has been so awesome, but so stressful on both mind and body.

We all have different moods, and different ways of tackling challenges, something we have yet to get in sync. I feel more bad for Jompe and Matt tho, since me and Christian have a very ‘Straight forward’ way of tackling issues with each other, an art form years in the making, which must be tedious to listen to.

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We arrived in Bucuresti pretty late since we had an awesome lunch at a cool little place somewhere in the transfagararasen, checked in to a swank hotel (hotels are CHEAP here), had a swank dinner, and then continued to lock ourselves out from the UNO’s trunk. An hour or so later, me and Jompe had devised a mechanism, with strings, to open the trunk “remotely”. This made me feel awesome and invincible. Sadly, this meant we had no time to do the blogging and cutting, again.

Day 5 was all about mission “Get the package, and get the fsck out of dodge”. We wanted to get going early, and make good time, since we were already two days behind schedule. So a quick pick up at DHL, and off we went. One way to make up time is to get in your car, and just DRIVE. Another way to do it, is to NOT drive though the Romanian/Moldova border, and then after 45 second drive (Yes, something like that), do the Moldova/Ukraine border.

The Romania / Moldova border crossing was awful.

People cutting in, like, systematically cutting in line. Making their kids go up and signal when they should try and cut in order to get “stuck”, leaving the border guards with nothing else to do than letting them pass. 200C° added that nice little twist we all needed whilst waiting around for about 5 hours from start to end.

.. “The Ukraine borders will be the easiest during the rally”. Fsck me, we’re doomed.

We managed to meet up with our old friend Mr.Minza (Thanks for the Campagne!!!) somewhere in nowhere-land after finally making it past the tedious border, followed by a looooooooong drive via Odessa and a scetchy underpass, to a magical cliff by the sea outside Morske around 3.30 AM, where we put up camp, and managed to get at least 3 hours sleep before the sun made the tents pour hot lava out of your eyes.

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