Our dauntless teams have faced down the starter and are up to their nipples in the meaty main.
Eight teams have retired, one has reached Ulan-Ude and the vanguard of the rest are dotted around the 'stans.
Shit is going wrong and this is where you can read all about it. Welcome to Week Three.
16.02 07.08.2015 Rosa Earp
Joining the party in Baku is Adventure for Dementia in their Ligier. We are pretty impressed that they've got this far. I'm a fiver down.
Another shit car doing pretty well - the Cross-Border Smugglers in their Reliant Robin. 'Cuddles' is looking surprisingly good after rolling in Bulgaria and the team are now hitting their stride at the Georgian-Russian border.
15.49 07.08.2015 Rosa Earp
The Dropbears are having an excellent time:
The kind of update we love to see.
15.16 07.08.2015 Rosa Earp
The first-team-we-reckon-to-ever-actually-make-it-to-Africa-on-the-Mongol-Rally Award goes to team Wrong Direction. Having driven all the way to Morocco the only proof they could come up with is this blurry monstrosity.
Get these guys a drink. They've got long fucking way to go.
12.09 07.08.2015 Rosa Earp
This, we hear, is a common problem.
How 2 Tees Please bartered for their car is a corker. One of the finer examples of car acquirement we've seen:
Here's the mighty Morris at our launch.
12.30 07.08.2015 Rosa Earp
The mighty 2CV. Succeeding where so many larger cars have been sunk before.
16.35 06.08.2015 Rosa Earp
Our very heartiest congratulations to Papu who proposed to his teammate Elena at the Door to Hell in Turkmenistan. She accepted him.
Papu is the linchpin of the this years Mongol Rally Facebook group and we've heard more than one breakdown story where he plays the knight in shining armour. That said, he might have problems of his own from now:
The Mongol Rally. Probably quite a good way of vetting your potential life partner.
12.13 04.05.2015 Rosa Earp
Team Mongolf have retired in a spectacular way in Turkmenistan. This car must have been shit hot to melt those wheels, but we imagine it wasn't so different to the heat in the Turkmen desert.
Both team members are still alive. A sterling effort from a team who raised £25,000 for their chosen charity, St George's School in Ethiopia.
19.05 05.8.2015 Rosa Earp
Thanks chaps. Sorry to lose you.
11.24 06.08.2015 Rosa Earp
Where are they now? All over the bloody map.
Team Pimp my Horse are the second the reach the finish line, but the first to go through Mongolia before arriving. Also arrived is A-Team Max East who will now continue their rally to Magadan.
Things have gone a bit quiet on the internet as a number of teams are working their way through Iran and Turkmenistan where access is restricted.
A bunch of other teams who didn't fancy a jaunt in two of the worlds' more politically fraught countries have congregated in Baku waiting for boats to cross the Caspian sea.
Our tracking map is still working a treat. Click on the image to get to the map.
10.44 06.08.2015 Rosa Earp
Team We have No Mechanic have a problem in Baku:
Don't worry chaps. Our sources say a three day wait is still on the short side. If you're lucky you could have two more days at least to track down your chariot.
16.20 05.08.2015 Rosa Earp
Stopping at the barbers in Turkey gets you slightly more than the routine short-back-and-sides. Here is Wil from team HSJ having excess facial hair tended to. Back, sack and crack next?
15.12 05.08.2015 Rosa Earp
Team FC Mongoal are considering investing in some real-estate in Mongolia.
Includes off-street parking. Looks like a winner.
20.35 04.08.2015 Rosa Earp
Team Kamerikan is enjoying Kazakhstani hospitality. They are one of many teams who have been given a melon. But they got it through the window. While driving. With evidence.
14.27 04.08.2015 Mr Joolz
If you're loving the rolling news, but the updates aren't coming fast enough, check out the Rickshaw Run Rolling News. We've already had a flipped rick', biblical floods and a broken leg and the adventure hasn't even started yet.
00.15 04.08.2015 Rosa Earp
Our updates from the border queues indicate everything is going pretty smoothly today:
Those queues can be pretty long.
13.15 02.08.2015 Rosa Earp
In Tehran and with car problems, Team 2CV Rally took their car apart in the hotel parking garage.
2CV Rally are a danish team, so naturally they had all the necessary parts and tools and are back on the road without ado:
10.54 04.08.2015 Rosa Earp
As the teams get further away, the pictures get better:
22.17 03.08.2015 Rosa Earp
The rally is going well for the Foreign Beggars, one of our cheapskate teams.
As the Foreign Beggars blast through Russia, they owe their accommodation and sustenance to the generosity of other teams. Kengis Khan and Kangaskhan have been shelling out so far. Carey and Tim are looking pretty chuffed about it.
Meanwhile Corsa Can, our other remaining Cheapskate team is in Azerbaijan, enjoying the views and dodging bent cops:
10.05 04.08.2015 Rosa Earp
Also having vehicle problems are the Mongol Midgets. They have reached Mongolia but their MG Midget is not happy about it.
17.08 03.08.2015 Mr Joolz
Team Vast & Curious finding that their tiny trolley wheels are little match for the Kazakh desert
15.18 03.08.2015 Rosa Earp
Looks pretty fucking comfortable on the road.
12.30 03.08.2015 Rosa Earp
A long wait at customs is par for the course. But some teams are having more trouble than others:
Meanwhile the Mongol Midgets and Marco Yolo have found new ways to make the crossing smoother:
Meanwhile, Marco Yolo have learnt to do whatever it takes:
09.50 01.08.2015 Rosa Earp
Making it to the finish line, before it is exists is Team Horse and Radish. They are now enjoying a campaign of goading from veterans and ralliers.
Happy to oblige.