They say folk these days have short attention spans and an insatiable enthusiasm for the freshest of news. Luckily for those folks, we are givers. It doesn't get fresher than this.
Get a load of Week 5.
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The sweet sweet chink of ice hitting glass. That sound means Friday and the rolling news takes another two day hiatus so we can investigate the perfect gin:bitters ratio.
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A few (hundred) dollars short at the Iranian-Turkmen border Team Mong Direction were in a bit of a pickle:
But did James put out? No. They owe their rescue to a nameless "organised" Mongol Rally Team and the strength of comradeship amongst the ralliers in the field.
We hear tears were shed and they got off with a warning.
Top tip from us: keep the bawler away from the paperwork. You can have that one for free.
To the team, we don't know who you are, but we salute your incompetence.
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This is what they are driving:
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Remember the tracking map? It's still there.
Head over there for all the unfiltered nitty-gritty from the teams themselves. It's brutal stuff.
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I wonder what they did.
Ah. Sometimes fortune doesn't favour the brave.
They made it anyway:
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We've also heard from Adventure for Dementia who are in Kazakhstan with "a list of problems as long as your arm." That list starts with "two smashed wheel bearings, fudged shoes and drums."
They promise they are not giving up yet and despite being on breakdown 17, will bodge through to the finish.
Good luck chaps.
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Daisy, the Peugeot 205 ferrying team Mooving East is looking a little worse for wear. She's lost an eye and has taken to carrying around a memento mori:
See you on the other side.
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As they pass out the belly of the middle-east-internet-blackspot, many teams we've not seen for a while float back up to the surface.
We are thoroughly impressed that Two-stroke Rocket in their Trabant P are still with us.
Here they are, looking cheery at the mechanics only a few hours ago:
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Also still with us, the Cross-border Smugglers in their Reliant Robin. Thanks to them, we can bring you this gem of a video. This is how to charm the local coppers across the world:
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Just the skills you want in your convoy companions.
The Dropbears ended up ditching the convoy and belting for the southern route. It did not go well.
After a fatal breakdown, an battle with bureaucracy, an overnight bus and then hitching with other two other teams they made it to Ulan Ude. So smooth sailing from then on right?
Opps. Oh well. These chaps still managed to raise a thoroughly respectable 13,600AUD for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. And finished the Rally.
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Our Mongol Ralliers don't get all the fun.
The Rickshaw Run is shorter, the vehicles are shittier and the breakdown tally is higher. We hear they fucking love it.
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I'm sure the Mongolian-Russian border is just as exciting for tourists as Luxemburg if you give it a chance.
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We promised some shots of the Pamir Highway. Boy, can we deliver:
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I have trouble with my rights and lefts too. Mind you, not this much trouble.
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Team TLP. In Mongolia.
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Good that you've got a party to go to then. Nudity at an Adventurist party is unremarkable.
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Living the dream.
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We may focus on the vanguard in the rolling news, but we have not forgotten about those pootling about in the middle. Here's Cowboys Ted at the gate of Hell in Turkmenistan.
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Oh no. We've all been there. Cocking it up and making extra work for yourself: round here, we call that Monday.
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It is high time we posted the finish line. Congratulations to the many teams who have crawled in.
Now we have truly smelt it all. Well done teams. Now go have a well earned wash.
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Team Uhuru are doing this shit right in Mongolia:
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How was your weekend? Bet it was better than this:
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We love some slow mo.