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Another sponsor, another thank you!

We’re hugely grateful to the fine people at H&B tyres in Frome.   H&B have been providing us with tyres for all our company cars over the last 15 years. They’ve always offered a brilliant service and an awesome price. I went to see them to chat about my trip, and the sort of tyres we’d need to give us the best chance of tackling the deserts and mountain terrain little Bertha is going to[…]

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Counting down to the start…

Less than 3 weeks to go till we arrive at Goodwood for the leaving party. Apprehensive – yes, but still hugely excited. A lot has happened since the last blog post. The paperwork marathon is nearly over. The Persian Gates are open to us. But not before the nerves were truly tested. To get an Iranian visa stamp in our passport, there were a number of hurdles we had to jump through. I needed to[…]

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Pimping the Ride

It was fantastic to welcome Danny to Bath last Thursday – this is the last time he’s over in the UK till the start of our adventure in July, and we had much to sort out – equipment lists, routes, camping amongst other things. He came laden down with swag – Mongol Rally t-shirts, rally car stickers, head bands, Jägermeister shirts and sun glasses, and most anticipated, lederhosen! We’re going to look the part! Our[…]

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Our Sponsors

Marcus and Danny are so grateful to Expert Agent, Agency Express and FixFlo for their very generous sponsorship. Between them, they have donated the huge sum of £1,000 towards The Matthew Elvidge Trust and Cool Earth. Wow! And on top of that, Expert Agent have kindly donated a DJI Phantom 3 Professional drone to allow us to capture some stunning aerial video and photos of our trip. We just need to make sure we don’t[…]

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We’ve hit our fundraising target!

As I’ve mentioned previously, The Matthew Elvidge Trust is a charity close to my heart, and the work they do to help raise awareness of depression, and reduce the stigma associated with depression is fantastic. I know – depression knocks you for six – I spent months on end back in 2012 unable to do anything, including sleep, and “coming out” that I had depression was still one of the hardest things I’ve had to[…]

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Tajikistan Visa

I was amazed. After hearing horror stories from some teams trying to get a copy of their Uzbekistan visas, and the hoops they needed to fly through to get Letter of Invitations, my Uzbek visa stamp is all now sorted. I just need to make sure I don’t lose my passport. Like I’d ever do that. Oh yes – I’ve done that 3 times – oops! So following on the success of my Uzbek visa, I’ve now[…]

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Let The Visa Paperwork Begin!

Visa Number 1: Uzbekistan! Photocopying every page of my passport was somewhat time consuming! Into the post it goes tomorrow – fingers crossed all goes smoothly! We’re applying for the Uzbekistan visa early, as we need this one to apply for our Turkmenistan transit visa, to show proof of our onward travel. Total cost of the Visa: £78

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“I’m not feeling very well!”

So Bertha’s not very well. Poor girl. She’d developed a bit of a misfire. Which was nice and easy to fix – a somewhat dubious quality second hand coil pack winged it’s way from eBay. But she’s now got a bit of a rattle. And that’s proving to be a very expensive rattle. And that’s because the rattle is coming from her timing chain. She’s got a bit slack in her old age – don’t[…]

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Tracking Us (via SMSTravelMap)

Sending back our location is proving to be a bit of a dilemma. We could spend hundreds of pounds for a satellite tracking system like the awesome DeLorme inReach Explorer, but we don’t want to blow our budget. Mobile data is going to be both sketchy and extremely expensive in most of the countries we’re travelling through, so when we stumbled across the awesome SMS Travel Map website (Click Here), it looked to be just what we[…]

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Let the Visa Paperwork Commence!

Visa Number 1: Uzbekistan! Photocopying every page of my passport was somewhat time consuming! Into the post it goes tomorrow – fingers crossed all goes smoothly! We’re applying for the Uzbekistan visa early, as we need this one to apply for our Turkmenistan transit visa, to show proof of our onward travel. Total cost of the Visa: £78

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Bertha’s Passed the MOT!

I’m amazed. Flabbergasted in fact! Bertha has flown through her MOT with only a couple of advisories on a bald tyre, a puncture, and a broken rear view mirror (blame Wayne!) Sadly the MOT doesn’t look at important things like the reliability of the engine, gearbox or clutch – but hey – what could possibly go wrong!

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Meet Bertha

Meet Bertha our esteemed chariot, pulled by all of 45 little Shetland ponies who’s going to deliver us safely to Mongolia (and hopefully back again!) Named after one one of the following – you choose! Her service history is non-existent – the service book has no stamps and apart from the current MOT, there was no paperwork – dodgy! 0-60 time is measured in minutes, and anything over 70mph definitely involves brown pants. So a perfect[…]