On July 19th, The Nerdventurists set out on the infamous Mongol Rally. 36 days. 17 countries. 4 people. 1 1994 Vauxhall Corsa. We raised money for Cool Earth & The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, and couldn’t have done it without help from all of you and our sponsors.
As part of the Mongol Rally rules, we had to raise money for charity. They have their official charity, and in addition we can choose another charity to support. Sora has Crohn’s Disease, however, none of us believe that chronic illness should stop anyone from traveling or doing the “crazy” thing, and so we were very happy to have the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America as our second charity.
Cool Earth is the official charity of The Adventurists. It is an environmental charity that works in partnership with indigenous communities. The charity only protects rainforest that without intervention will be destroyed within the next 18 months. Cool Earth works strategically, protecting forest that acts as a barrier to a wider landscape. The charity spends just 10% of your donation on admin and governance making sure as much as possible goes to project areas. Through working with local people Cool Earth makes sure conservation goes hand in hand with better livelihoods.
You can learn more about Cool Earth by clicking the banner above or by going to www.coolearth.org/adventurists.
The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis. The goal of CCFA is to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. CCFA consistently meets standards established by the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance as well as other charity watchdog organizations.
You can learn more about CCFA by clicking the banner above or by going to www.ccfa.org.
While we were given a starting point, a check in point, and a finish line… we were not given an exact route to get to Ulan Ude. It’s called the un-route, and so we had to decide exactly how to get there. There were multiple options: we could go towards the arctic circle and swoop down, we could go south into Iran and Turkmenistan, or we could go via Australia… if we really wanted to.
In the end we decided to go something akin to the “central route” by past Ralliers.
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England to Calais by ferry and cut across Belgium. From there go straight across Germany and down to Prague, where the “Czech In” party is (so punny). From there we hit up Vienna, Budapest, and headed up and down the Transfăgărășan Highway in Romania, ending in Pitești. Then crossed down through Bulgaria and reached Istanbul. We’ll spent about 500 years driving across Turkey, but not before we checked out the Cappadocia region in Göreme. We swung up to Georgia and then down into Armenia then BACK into Georgia to Azerbaijan. We made it to the coastal city of Baku and then waited two days to get onto a cargo ferry that left for Aktau, Kazakhstan. And then the madness begins as we drove up and across Kazakhstan, swung briefly into Russia, and then headed into the wilds of Mongolia. We stopped to say hi to Ulaanbaatar and then crossed the finish line in Ulan Ude.
Our journey is chronicled on our blog on the Mongol Rally tag.