The Route

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)

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 flies when you’re looking for petrol in Uzbekistan

Day flies when you’re looking for petrol in Uzbekistan

Oh boy, these last two weeks has been so intense.

So many new things, experiences & people. It’s hard to believe that we’re actually doing this, and that we’re only half way through.

Uzbekistan, Samaraqand & Bukhara has been amazing, despite the total lack of good petrol & internet.

We set out to do this and make one movie update/week, and blog posts every other, and boy was that wishful thinking.

With all things happening, you’re totally flabbergasted/exhausted when you finally get camp up, so updating or editing movies is the last thing on your mind.

But, soon, you will be seeing things popping up.

We’ve been teamed up and caravaning with two other teams these last few days, and today one team left us for Tajikistan, but the rest of us will try and reach the Kyrgyzstan border from Samaraqand tomorrow. It’ll be a hell drive (roads here, suck), but if we make it, we’re looking forward to some camping in super amazing environments.

If you ever get the chance to do the Mongol rally, do it. This shit is ballz.

Much love to all our sponsors for helping us make this adventure happen. Your gear has helped us out in so many tight spots, and you’ve given us memories that will last 3 life times … and we’re only half way though.

To Iran, or not Iran … obviously, this is not even a question anymore.

To Iran, or not Iran … obviously, this is not even a question anymore.

Hey there.

So, up until last week, everything was running like a charm, a dream, a horse that just wanted to win.

That was last week.

This week, we got the news about the visa situation in Iran will mean we will not be going that way. Yup, sad but true.

What options does this leave us with? Well, a few.

No matter what route we take, we have to get “past” the Caspian sea.
One option is the boat from Azerbaijan, to Turkmenistan. Not happening,
Another is driving turkey > Georgia > Russia. That border … really? No.
The third is ditching the southern route for the start of our travels, so go “past” Caspian sea north, going by Moldovia > Ukraine > Russia, and then down to Uzbekistan, and pick up where we was supposed to be.

We went with option 3.
Mainly since 1 and 2 are too scetchy, and could set us back 1-2 weeks if we’re unlucky.
So, we’re playing it “safe”, and opted for the Ukraine :)

Sad to see Iran go, but it looks like Iran didn’t love us anyways. Damn Iran.

This means we’re in the middle of re-applying for visas and shit (due to some double entries, and some change of dates), but all will be good before we leave … we hope! :) If nothing else, we discovered that one team member (who shall remain nameless) had not even started the work on the visa process due to missing payment, so we got that sorted out (PHWEW!!).

Anyways, now you know what’s been going on over at Team Venture! :)

xoxo

map.teamventure.se

map.teamventure.se

As a way to keep calm and not freak out too much about the fact that it’s now only two months left until the rally starts, team member Pontus (me), decided to keep himself busy by building a little UI thingie map for all the teams taking part of this years Mongol Rally 2013.

So, head over to map.teamventure.se and see who will be where at what time in time on time.

My bet is that the first stop (Klenova Castle in Czech republic) is the only one that we will be in time for :)

Kyrgyzstan and the infinite sadness

Kyrgyzstan and the infinite sadness

Meeting number, hum, how many has it been now? 5? 65?

Meh, the number doesn’t matter that much. The important thing is what the meeting generated.

We’re on track, or it feels like it. And as they say, when you feel like it’s on track, you should probably check to see if you’re wearing pants, since the odds are against you.

We have now compiled a list over things that we MUST have with us when it comes to gears for the cars and camping. This list will be useful when we approach new sponsors, so that they have a clear and visual image on what we would like them to help us with. This, instead of them to give us money, since we’ve realised that that might not always be the thing sponsors want to do. And well, the money would be used for the gear anyways, so it’s a win win. Also, the money we’re putting up from our own pocket, and won’t have to use for gear, will go to the SOS Barnbyar, so win win!

The list also enabled us to put together a more accurate budget. Yay! As if this will hold up. Oh well, here’s for trying! :)

When the budget and all that was done, we got a curve ball. One team member had to pull out of the rally due to personal circumstances. We’re sad to see him leave, but are happy that he did it now, and not the day before the rally. We will commemorate a huge part of the car for him, and we’re discussing maybe making a shrine, where h’ll be with us via FaceTime™.

After a vote, and some debate, we decided on not taking on a new 6th member, but instead drive with just 5 people in the cars. More room, but more cost. We’ll just have to try harder.

Something else discussed during the meeting was the fact that we’ve been offered to co-sponsor an event at the end of May in Malmö, for some fundraising, something that will be legendary! We’re thinking maybe some free mongolian BBQ and beers in a park or something, maybe some live music. It will be a hit, no doubt. Now we just have to plan it out. :)

Next on the agenda, was to change the route a little bit.

First.
We’re doing Iran. Yes. We’re doing Iran, even tho we all just saw ‘Argo’. The American, sorry, Canadian in our party (he’s still a secret member, not announced yet, due to security reasons), will fly from Turkey to Turkmenistan, and meet up with us there. Something we’re forever grateful for. Epic! EPIC! IRAN!

Second.
We’re doing Kyrgyzstan, if we’re not too far behind on schedule when we reach Tashkent. And to quote a team member, it’s like the old saying goes, “When you put it in a Stan, go balls deep.” Well, no one really says anything like that to be honest, but um… when else are we going to be on the cusp of Kyrgyzstan?

That pretty much sums up the meeting.

Next up is the Visa process that starts in 1-2 weeks from now. It will be exciting!

Meeting number Two, and the smell of an un-route seen before.

planning(My map and drawings, trying to explain the route to my team mates)

So, meeting number two has been dealt with. It was held on the 52nd floor of the turning torso, and it was amazing. Well, except for the gas we all got from eating a really sketchy pizza before the meeting, so the place was not odor-less™.

We started out with me, drawing and talking about what un-route we are going to take, what dates, and how long the diferent stages takes. Since I’ve been using google maps a lot, none of the dates will actually be accurate, and the distances will probably take twice as long as expected, but hey, we have a route at least. Start at the 14th from Klenova Castle, and make it to the Mongolian border before 2’nd of August … those are the two main dates we have to stick to.

Second thing on the agenda was taking pictures of each team member in the outfit we’ve bought for the rally. Will post pictures here … one at a time.

We also tried out some freeze dried food, which will be used as back up food on the trip. I will post movie shot/s of that later :)

Then we went thru the status on the cars, and the new deadline is now “by the end of November”, since we’re waiting to hear from a sponsor that (*fingers crossed*) might be able to help us out with the cars. Giving them a little while longer to get back to us, and if that falls through, we will start organising the buying of the cars, since time is running out on this part of the project.

Wondering why? Well, first, it’s a matter of showing potential backers that we’re dedicated about doing this. And second, we need to have this ready before January when most companies plan their 2013 budgets for advertising, and well, we want to be in that budget. As soon as we have the cars, the fundraising can start for real. For realz™. For sure.

It was a good meeting, and we stayed a bit after the meeting was over, just chatting and messing around. The group is getting to know each other better and better, and everyone is slowly realising that this will be awesome. Truly awesome.

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