This trip was absolutely incredible, we met so many nice people, saw incredible landscapes, villages and cities, tasted so many new flavours and inhaled so many new smells (good and bad).
A few things that we will take away from this trip.
- People generally want to help and communicate.
2. Idiocracy is ubiquitous (this is mainly a reference to driving) Obviously driving is a big part of the Mongol Rally. Covering such a huge distance across so many countries we got to see some pretty wild maneuvers and strategies on the road. A few of our favourites are:
- The highway shoulder pass (Turkey and Iran)
- The multiple car pass around a blind uphill corner. (Iran and Central Asia)
- The no look, no stop 4 way intersection (Romania)-Basically a high stakes game of chicken.
- The extreme tailgate (Turkey)- We’re talking inches
- The central Asian pass: anything that involves turning a two lane freeway into a three (Or four)lane freeway.
- Full speed ahead into a roundabout (England and Eastern Europe, Hungary comes to mind)
- The free frall parking job. (Turkey and Iran)- If it fits why not?
The further east we travelled the more the rules of the road became loose suggestions.
The main challenge for the most part is realizing how far we actually were driving and that pacing yourselves, so you don’t burn out, is critical to being successful in completing the Mongol Rally. It is very important to remind yourself that it’s not a race, it’s a marathon.
3. There is a ton of garbage all over the place. Even in the most remote regions of the least populated country on earth, Mongolia, there is plastic garbage in the middle of nowhere.