There comes a time …

There comes a time where you say why not? Why not change jobs? Why not go back to school? Why not jump out of a plane? These may not be wonderful plans, they may even end in calamity. But the little voice in your head says life is short. The little voice replays a grandparent’s wisdom “you will regret the things you don’t do …”. This little voice keeps your life interesting. There are thousands of reasons why you shouldn’t do these things, but sometimes you just have to ask, why not?

Steppes of Mongolia (credit)

So one day I asked Caroline “What do you think about the Mongol Rally?”. I somewhat expected her response to be, “perhaps, one-day” but after a brief explanation of the challenge, she asked the question “why not?”. We went around our friends trying to find someone foolish enough to join us and eventually we found Leigh. So we have our team but what about the challenge?

The Mongol Rally is a yearly challenge spanning the 16–ish thousand kilometres from Goodwood Racecourse to Ulan-Ude in Russia, just north of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital. This in itself is perhaps enough of a challenge, but no. You are restricted to riding in a small vehicle, less than a 1.2 litre engine, with a sale price of less than £1000. We will introduce you to our humble chariot in a future post. Each team also has to organise and negotiate visas and border crossings for over 15 countries. Finally you have to raise £1000 for charity.

So in just over two months we will be taking off, between then and now we have visas to finalise, money to raise, and a multitude of other plans to make. But we figure the time has come, so why not ...?

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