It’s been official for a while, but I feel that it’s about time for the big announcement. This summer, starting July 19th, I will be participating in the Mongol Rally, an adventure that stretches from England to Mongolia in about four weeks.
Ever since I first heard of the Mongol Rally, I knew I wanted to one day participate in it. I didn’t know how it would happen, but I knew eventually it would. Then, this summer, while in Montreal together, Lauren and I had a discussion about the Rally, and she asked me if I was interested in doing it with her. I was nervous and hesitated in my response, but also saw it as my opportunity to make a dream a reality. This could be the only time the chance was offered, and I wanted to make sure I took it.
Eventually, the two of us met up in New York City with Mike, who Lauren had connected with at TBEX, and our plans began to unfold over drinks, and of course, mustaches.
We’ll be starting off in England on our way to Mongolia, and right now, we are planning on taking the middle route, which means we will be passing through France, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan. These plans could change, especially concerning the current relations between Russia and Ukraine, but there are alternate routes, one involving Turkey, so while it could be different than we planned, I wouldn’t be too disappointed.
Who Else is on My Team?
You already know a lot about me, but here’s what you need to know about my Mongolistic 4 teammates.
Lauren, or LOLA, of Lola’s Travels earned this cheeky nickname due to her infectious and spirited ways. She’s a fun-loving traveler with a flair for finding adventure and spreads humor, charm and joie de vivre everywhere she goes. With a light and entertaining way about her, Lola is always looking for unique experiences that blend the perfect mix of practicality with fun. Her favorite thing to collect while traveling, outside of gold charms for her charm bracelet, are friendships.
Mike Choi, The Fit World Traveler, is the ringleader of the Mongolistic Four, who with incredible organizational skills and determination rallied this group together. He is also a fitness enthusiast who partakes in Crossfit work outs and is always looking to visit affiliates while on the road. Mike is determined to keep up with his Crossfit work outs, even during the journey through Central Asia. He’s confident the team has what it takes to break through any challenge they meet on the road to Mongolia.
Brandon Hyde’s thirst for adventure has become nearly an obsession. Brandon’s past adventures include training as a professional classical singer, paying off college through owning a lemonade stand, finding a new passion in Obstacle Course Racing, and discovering a near obsession with studying/ experiencing other cultures. His new focus is on the creation and completion of his bucket list. After the rally, Brandon intends to spend the next few years teaching abroad.
Mike headed off to England in the beginning of the year to find us a car, and ended up with a 2001 Mazda Demio. I have no idea what that means, but I do know that it’s stick shift and has no air conditioning. Oh, and it’s also built for England, which means everything is on the other side. I’ve driven on the other side of the road before, while in New Zealand, but, I have no idea how to drive stick. Cars are also not my specialty, but I’m assuming that after this summer, I’ll pretty much know how to drive and fix anything. At least, that’s my hope.
How You Can Help:
Although we have our car, we’re looking for help to pay for gas along the way. Mike totaled up the expected cost, leaving room for unexpected detours, and all in all it will cost us about $1,600. We are running a fundraiser to collect funds, and for each person that donates $25, we will send a post card from wherever we fill up throughout the journey. Since we’ll be passing through about fifteen countries throughout Europe and Central Asia, it’s sure to be from a country none of your friends have post cards from. Just click on the link in the side bar, or here, if you’re interested in helping us along this crazy journey of ours.