Charity collected

 8,700 SEK

Distance covered

7169km

Breakdowns

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Coffees

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Our current location is shown above.

A lot of sand, crappy roads and a burning hole.

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After a couple of days we left Ashgabat and went straight in to the Karakum desert. It was 48 degrees outside and 49 degrees inside the car. We drove for several hours, looking at sand, more sand and some camels. Suddenly, out of nowhere, there were two men standing along the way waving us in. We pulled over and realized this was the way to the famous gas crater in Darvaza (aka Derweze). Since our car, along with the majority of the other Mongol Rally cars, were not able to make it all the way to the ”Door to hell” we took ride with the turkmen and their 4WD cars.

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We packed our camping gear and camera equipment and off we went. It was like going on a roller coaster, and the driver played Gangnam style on repeat as loud as the speakers could take. This trip just took 15-20 minutes but it is a memory stuck forever. The excitement grew for every kilometer and finally we arrived to the burning hole called ”Door to hell”. It is a gas crater which has been burning continuously since it was lit by Soviet petrochemical engineers in 1971! We stayed there all night, snapped beautiful photos and videos, flew with the drone, chatted with fellow ralliers and woke up to see the sun rise over the desert. Amazing.

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We went on towards the border to Uzbekistan. And drove on the shittiest roads so far. We convoyed with three other teams. A danish team had some car problem on the way but other than that we made it without any major trouble to the border control. The border crossing were quite a struggle with border guards looking for erotics on our computers, problems with the registration on the computer, trouble with the copy machine and so on. Finally we all made it thru and went to the nearest town Nukus.

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The Team

 

 

 

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Linus Ekenstam

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Jennie Dalgren

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Oskar Adin

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If you want to sponsor us or any of our charities do one of the following: //
Om ni vill bli sponsor till oss eller någon av våra välgörenhetsinsamlingar gör följande:

Transfer money to this account. // Sätt in pengar på detta kontot. 
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Mark the transfer with ”Cancer”, ”Forest” or ”Adventure”, add your name to the transfer if you don’t want to be anonymous. // Markera insättningen med ”Cancer”, ”Forest” eller ”Adventure”, lägg till ditt namn på din insättning om du inte vill vara anonym.

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What is the Mongol Rally?

The Mongol Rally is an international charity event, designed as a rally. There are no strict boundaries,  you can take what ever route you want to get from the start in the UK to the finish line in Mongolia. There is however one rule, the car cannot be new, or expensive. So when you get ahold of one crappy car it’s all good to go. The Mongol Rally starts in London at the 20th of July and we’re expecting to cross the finish line in Ulaanbataar at the 26th of August 2014. Hopefully.

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Why are we doing the Mongol Rally?

As told in the text above, Mongol Rally is a charity event. That’s one of the main reasons why we are doing this. Every team that participate in the Mongol Rally have to raise at least £1000 for charity. This year, Cool Earth is the official charity for Mongol Rally. We know that there is a great bunch of companies and smart people out there that will help us with raising money to save the rainforests. Our hearts also beats a little extra for the Gothenburg-based organization UngCancer. So not only are we raising money to save the rainforests, we also do it to help young people with cancer.

”Why would you spend your entire summer vacation and all that time and money? You can just raise the money at home.” That’s what some people say about this. Well, whats the fun of doing it the easy way? We also do this mad journey to get out of our comfort zones, to see places in the world that we’ve never seen and to get a lot of new experience.

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We're doing it for Charity.

We’ve got two charities that we are collecting money to – before, during and after the race. The local charity we’ve chosen in Sweden is Ung Cancer, they do a lot of work for helping out with young people getting cancer. They work as a force to not just make sure they survive but also to create places where people can meet, inform and educate the general public about cancer, and debate and take stand in public media. They also give out grants for economic support and grants for rehabilitation.

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Cool Earth is Mongol Rally’s official charity. The guys at Cool Earth are working their asses off to save the beautiful and necessary rainforest on our planet. They saves at-risk rainforest and shields millions of acres of neighboring forest. They don’t buy land, instead they put local people back in control, giving them the resources they need to keep their forest intact. They are helping to build better schools, better clinics and in that way helping the people who lives there to have a better life. This comes hand in hand with saving the forest.

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