The rolling news never stops. Except when we don't do it.
We soft-bottomed souls like to leave the office on a Friday and spend the weekend bathing in our farts and avoiding our families. Pretty much the same as our ralliers then.
We are back to kick off Week 4. The finish line is open in Ulan-Ude. Eight teams have made it and double that have dropped out.
This is the week that will change.
17.05 14.08.2015 Rosa Earp
More fatal breakdowns from the front line:
Better luck next time boys.
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Mongolia. The Mongol in the Mongol Rally. Totally worth it.
09.15 14.08.2015 Rosa Earp
The first of the Pamir highway shots are starting to trickle in. Here's Tuk Tales 2 at their campsite - they tell us those hills are Afghanistan.
Just to whet your appetite, this is what they are driving towards:
09.37 13.08.2015 Rosa Earp
Nothing like a good crash to liven up the newsfeed. Marco Yolo have declared "Game Over" in Kazakhstan.
That is a proper smash. Everyone escaped "relatively unscathed" except Marco Yolo's Rally which has been abruptly stunted. Glad you're ok. We'll be here next year.
06.40 13.08.2015 Rosa Earp
We understand the gentleman in question is Canadian. What's the betting he apologised to his opponent after losing?
13.08 13.08.2015 Rosa Earp
This ominous update came through in the magic hour we call gin o'clock yesterday when we lazy buggers are away from our computer screens. It must have been the gin that saved them, because even as we bring you the bad news we can add that their Ligier has indeed survived and is back on the road.
The problem? That's old news now. Glad you're still with us boys.
06.36 12.08.2015 Rosa Earp
Some teams have a harder time than others. Team Kukaramakara fit right in and seem remarkably relaxed in the middle of the Mongolia.
11.10 11.08.2015 Rosa Earp
Team Nomad No Cry have hit some pretty serious mechanical troubles in the Wakhan Valley.
Only a week ago, these guys were spearheading the drive through the 'stans. Hope you can fix up and get to the end.
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The four kiwi lads from Don't Worry I know a Shortcut have found an on-the-road solution to losing their radiator cap:
Clearly the way to go because they have made it to Samarkand.
It was 'the only thing that fit' apparently across the 2.5inch opening. Someone's got a lucky other half.
12.28 12.08.2015 Rosa Earp
The tracking map is looking pretty damn sweet. Click on the image to get stuck into the live feed from the teams.
8.43 12.08.2015 Rosa Earp
So somewhere in that 638km is one car bumper. Should be a doddle.
07.48 12.08.2015 Rosa Earp
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The further east they go, the skies get bluer, the roads get rougher and the photos get better.
11.27 11.08.2015 Rosa Earp
The Sundance Kids are chomping at the bit:
Just to whet your appetite, this is what awaits you:
07.55 11.08.2015 Rosa Earp
There is a reason Mongolia is called the great leveller.
08.46 11.08.2015 Rosa Earp
2CV Rally have got a cracking car and excellent rally style.
14.35 10.08.2015 Rosa Earp
Timely directions or misinformation with a dastardly intent?
The 'road' to the 40ft crater of fire is surrounded by treacherous sand dunes and more than one team has come a cropper:
17.15 10.08.2015 Rosa Earp
Ah yes, the stupid smile and blank stare in the face of unintelligible obstinacy.
A classic made famous by wait-staff dealing with Americans since the invention of exclusion diets.
14.24 10.08.2015 Rosa Earp
Marco Yolo have lost their roof rack to the Turkmen roads.
Not for the first time, Rally Veterans have chimed in with their unasked-for advice. This time, its from team The Gingerbread Men who turned mishap to glory in 2014:
10.46 06.08.2015 Rosa Earp
Team 'Don't worry, I know a Shortcut' have risked life and limb going near a camels arse to get this completely fucking pointless picture.
22.55 09.08.2015 Rosa Earp
Someone calling themselves 'La Doushe' hit a little trouble in Turkmenistan:
Well as long as they were nice eh? That makes up for forcibly expelling you from their country.
You've reached the beginning of Week 4 but perhaps your thirst for rally news is not quenched? Have a quaff of Week 3.