As some of you may already know, next summer, I intend to complete the most absurd, but also the most enriching and rewarding, experience of my lifetime: the Mongol Rally. This event, which is organized by some loons who call themselves The Adventurists (and who happen to specialize in these sorts of things), entails driving 10,000 miles from England to Mongolia (passing through 21 countries along the way) in a vehicle woefully under-equipped for such a journey.
I’ll be completing the rally with three close friends under the team moniker “Crossing the Rubikhan.” (Get it? GET IT?) Over the course of five or six weeks, we’ll traverse much of Western Europe, the Balkans, Anatolia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, a slice of Siberia, and the Mongolian steppe, before arriving (hopefully) at the finish line in Ulaanbaatar. The rally is, I think, the perfect post-graduation (and pre-real world) adventure, and I’m already giddy with anticipation.
This journey isn’t all about us, however; we’re also fundraising for two important charities, the Cool Earth Foundation and SOS Children’s Villages. We plan to stop at several SOS orphanages along the way, to deliver gifts and supplies to the local children.
Anyway, if you’d like to learn more about the rally, I encourage you to head over to our team website at www.crossingtherubikhan.com. Also, we need your support in order to realize the trip, so please consider donating to the team or to the charities! We’ve set up several different of rewards packages to thank you for your contributions.
And if you’ve got 77 minutes to spare, check out this wonderful film put together by a Spanish team that completed the rally in 2012:
Alea Yakta Est. Mongolia or bust!