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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 4+5+6

Episode 2
Days 4+5+6’ish

… Driving from Sibiu to Bucharest, and then ending it in The Ukraine, after driving through Moldova super-quick.

Music: Wintergatan – The Rocket

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.

Day 2 – A 4 star raw uncooked meat thingie? Don’t mind if I do.

Day 2 – A 4 star raw uncooked meat thingie? Don’t mind if I do.

Day of the launch. Day of the miscalculation of time needed to get to Sibiu. Day of the first real camping.

Started the morning with … well, waking up. Not feeling rejuvenated at all.

After a ceremony with the Czech’s strongest man, doing some stuff, with his teeth. Yup, teeth, we drove. And drove. And drove.

Well, not entirely true. we stopped to repack, since both our back seats where absolutely filthy, and filled with stuff. We must have done a good job, since when we were done, it was 1 hour later, and we could finally start driving … towards Mongolia (?!).

After two ours of intense driving, the first pit stop was had, at a 4 star restaurant. You have to start somewhere. I had a beef tartar, and that was all I ate, until lunch the day after. See, that’s how you get your tummy in order. By starving it into submission.

Right before we exited Czech, we stopped off at IKEA, to get some pillows. Turns out they have a “No Shoe, No Service” policy. Even after I explained that I was swedish and IKEA is practically my home, and I, unlike him, could actually pronounce the names of the furniture, I was still denied access to the premises. Haters gonna hate.

This was the most excitement of the day pretty much, since we wanted to get as far as possible. The end goal was Sibiu. But after a slow start (that opening ceremony was way too long Buddy), and getting lost in Budapest for a while, we were not making it to Sibiu. So, around 1-2 AM, we turned off the highway somewhere southeast of Budapest, and the we turned off the road that followed, and the we turned off the off road that followed after that, and then we where in a field. Good. Camp!

All the stuff we got from friluftsvaror.se was really handy here, especially the headlamps, since in nowhereville, it’s pretty dark during the night.

Snoring and pope’ing was had, and it had been a good first day, even tho we only made it half way to that days goal.

T minus 18 days

T minus 18 days

Holy crap!

It seems like yesterday it was 100 days left, and the rally seemed so far away.

Well, it’s now 18 days left and it is feeling more and more real.

GETTING EXCITED? YES!

One member of the team has gotten his passport, filled with nice and awesome visas, and the rest of the team is only missing 1 or 2 visas, then we’re all set to leave (if it was only visas missing).

The cars has been pimped out (thanks to dipyourcar.se), and all kinds of extra stuff to make the travel a little bit more comfortable has been purchased, along with medical equipment (thanks to medivet.se) and camping gear (thanks to friluftsvaror.se).

All that is left now, is the sump guards, and getting an extra key to one of the cars (since Ted lost one >_<). Well, I’m sure there’s a couple of more things, but right now, those are the two “big” things left.

… is it too soon to start packing yet?

Ready for the rally?!
95%
First try funding party.

First try funding party.

Thanks to everyone who showed up last night for our Reklamöl/fundraiser/Chillax. It was a great success (Mintuu Chili?!), and together we managed to raise 1413.50 SEK! Awesome!

No one brought any pens or drawing paper, which I found a bit odd, since that’s the industry we’re in.

Oh well, it was still awesome!
We had both cars parked outside, fully pimped out with logos and stickers and roof racks. Looked pretty pimp.

Damn, less than a month left now, and all of a sudden it feels like there’s SO MUCH LEFT TO DO!! … which there isn’t.

A little gallery-thingie with pictures will be up later.

Peace!

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 :)

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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