Mongolia Moved the Impossible for Tony, Jill and Java

Sorry to drop off the face of the earth; this rally is a bigger beast than we imagined!

 We were told in Beijing that the roof rack would be a problem. They were right!

We were told in Beijing that the roof rack would be a problem. They were right!

All of our fears have come to pass. Crazy bridges, water crossings, rocks, ruts, gullies, mud, washboard roads for miles, Tony driving on the rails for 8, 10, 12 hours a day (due to our low clearance), sand, dirt, dirt, and more dirt. All of that, but on steroids. Bigger and badder than we imagined.

 Doing laundry at the campsite, China-style.

Doing laundry at the campsite, China-style.

Sometimes we were so stressed and anxious that I forgot to take pics of some of our great successes. But Tony, Java and I will always have those memories.

 Our first sunset in the Gobi Desert. Driving into camp in the dark was one of Jill's fears, but we did it... many times.

Our first sunset in the Gobi Desert. Driving into camp in the dark was one of Jill's fears, but we did it... many times.

Mongolia is absolutely beautiful and I would return in a heartbeat... in a 4x4! That said, I wouldn't have traded doing this race in our car, Java, for anything.

 Gave up on our tent; Tony and Nomad Tours to the rescue! 

Gave up on our tent; Tony and Nomad Tours to the rescue! 

What I've found on this road is that everyone is on their own rally and journey. Here's more of ours.

 Finishing a time control (TC) racing section. This is when beating maximum lateness became our goal! 

Finishing a time control (TC) racing section. This is when beating maximum lateness became our goal! 

 The landscape is unreal. Everything is so clear. 

The landscape is unreal. Everything is so clear. 

In the next week, we will be sharing many more updates from our time in Mongolia and Russia. You can also see daily reports on all of the cars remaining via the Endurance Rally Association team here

Much love, 
Jill