We (Addi and Björn) are taking part in the Mongol Rally 2010 this summer!
Participants: Addi Dekel, Björn Jarisch
Planned route: Switzerland – Italy – Slovenia – Austria – Czech Republic – Slovakia –
Posted by Bjorn Jarisch at 16th September 2010 at 18:09
Posted by Bjorn Jarisch at 13th September 2010 at 12:03
Made it to Ulaanbaatar! On the way the transmission mount broke *again* so I tied the transmission in place with the towing rope and drove the last 500km like that. Pictures upcoming :) Oh yeah, also had a small accident where I drove the car into an earth wall at around 40kph and had to drive the last 80km with a broken radiator and therefore no engine cooling - i.e. very very slowly.
In the end the car, under its own power and driven by B. Jarisch and T. Tiger, made it to the finish line shortly after 7 a.m. on Monday, September 13, 2010, after driving more than 20,000km from Zurich. It was officially handed over to The Adventurists the same day. For the next few days I will enjoy the comforts of a bed, laundry service, hot showers and the incredible number of restaurants in Ulaanbaatar.
Anyone arriving in Ulaanbaatar in the next few days: Let's have our own late-arrivals party! Contact me at the Golden Gobi guesthouse (in the apartment block east of the State Department store).
Posted by Bjorn Jarisch at 11th September 2010 at 15:05
Region of Altai, Russian Federation
Recieved by SMS at 5th September 2010 at 21:53
Posted by Bjorn Jarisch at 5th September 2010 at 16:14
In a last-ditch attempt to stop me from leaving, Kazakhstan damaged one of the power-steering seals and I kept losing hydraulic fluid. In a counterstrike, I finally managed to buy duct tape (and cable ties!), so the leak is fixed and I should be in Russia within hours :)
Also, I met another late team, The Wicked Awesomes, in Almaty on visa business so we will have our own Mongol Rally latecomers party in Ulanbator next Saturday September 11!
Almaty Province, Kazakhstan
Recieved by SMS at 3rd September 2010 at 08:26
Posted by Bjorn Jarisch at 2nd September 2010 at 12:11
Recieved by SMS at 1st September 2010 at 11:56
Recieved by SMS at 31st August 2010 at 06:27
Pavlodar region, Kazakhstan
Recieved by SMS at 29th August 2010 at 06:59