Hailing from Saskatchewan, Canada, team Saskatchistan is composed of Andrew Konoff and Spencer Pitzel. With a combined age of 41, our team weighs in at three hundred pounds, and stands 12'2" tall. This July, we will embark from the London launch to reach Mongolia by crappy roads in a crappy car, all for the sake of our charities.
But enough about us! Here's our blog!
For our latest Rally photos, check out our flickr page:
Hello you University of Regina folk!
Posted by Andrew at 5th April 2010 at 04:30 in Media Releases
So Andrew's a philosophy student at the University of Regina, and they've been pretty great about spreading the word about the Rally. How great, you ask? Well, we're on the front page of the University's website:
If you've followed the link to our website, thanks for stopping by. Check out the information about our charities, and please donate to them - you don't have to travel around the world to make a difference.
Burger Night was great success!
Posted by Andrew at 7th April 2010 at 07:28 in Fundraising Events
We'd like to thank Bushwakker's Brewing Co. (2206 Dewdney St., Regina), Andrew's mom, and our friends with their insatiable love for burgers. You guys helped us raise nearly $1400! We'll be writing cheques for our charities and it looks like we're well over a quarter of the way to our goals. Now keep an eye out for our live music cabaret, where we fully expect you to drink even more beer.
Thanks from Spencer and Andrew!
A few great blogs...
Posted by Andrew at 7th April 2010 at 08:17 in The More You Know!
It turns out that Mongolia is every bit as wild and incredible as you'd imagine; here are a couple blogs that do a good job at explaining how weird it really can be.
Baatar Hero: a fellow team, their fundraising events seem as close you can get to a genuine Mongolian cultural experience, and they've posted a few good links about domestic issues in Mongolia.
Rove Reporter: it turns out we're not the only Reginians who thought that Mongolia would be a gosh darn good idea - the Rove Reporter decided to work there this past year. Fortunately for us, she blogged it too.
And that's all for now!
Did I mention that our tickets to London were booked? And that we go through Iceland? That means we'll have to contend with the fierce Eyjafjallajökull volcano...
There is no sign that the eruptions are stopping, so I'd have to genuinely say that I'm quite worried. Although we would be able to fly to Iceland (currently, the winds are pushing the ash cloud is being blown east, away from their international airport), we would not be able to fly to Britain from there. In fact, no one has been able to fly to or from Britain for the past while.
Worst case scenario? We fly to mainland Europe then catch a train up north. Looks like our flight budget will need to grow a little bit more...
Besides that, did you know how to pronounce Eyjafjallajökull? At the Language Log, they give a run-down: people differ about which syllable to put the emphasis on, but if you say "AY-uh-fyat-luh-YOE-kuutl (-uh)," no one will fault you. At least, not while everyone else butchers it far more.
The Best Driving Road...
Posted by Andrew at 29th April 2010 at 03:43
...in the world. Or so Jeremy Clarkson would say.
How d'you research the Mongol Rally?
Posted by Andrew at 29th April 2010 at 05:58
a) Read old teams' blogs, which are full of useful information and plenty of inspiring facts. Two of our favourites are the 09 teams Genghis Khanuck and the Eh Team and 40 Days & 40 Nights. The former are a super helpful team from Vancouver BC who did the route we're taking, and the latter beautifully documented their journey through the deep Southern route - Iran, Turk/Uz/Kazakhstan and more.
b) Look for great quotes.
"Our followers do so out of morbid curiosity."