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Entries from August 2008

We Made It!

August 30th, 2008 · 7 Comments

TDT is in Ulaanbaatar and still alive! We arrived Tuesday at 5am after driving virtually non stop for 17hours. Of course, something went wrong but we persevered. The last 120 miles of road, because of the terrible potholes every 4 feet,  are considered dangerous during the day and deadly at night. At 2am, with Max [...]

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Mongolian roads finally take their toll.

August 25th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Having run into Team Pop to Mongolia in their Suzuki Jimny we decided to make headway late Sunday night, driving until sunset. With the Suzuki leading our convoy we turned off our finely honed navigational noses and relaxed, only to be led up the garden path 25 miles in the wrong direction. With the quick [...]

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TDT stalled by vodka but sobriety does wonders

August 23rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

TDT returns at 10 am filled with blind hope and a determination to get the taxi out of the graveyard. We bypassed the fuel injectors with a wire and got the car going upon the advice of a taxi mechanic in London, but the alternator wasn’t fixed. We asked the mechanic’s son why it took [...]

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The devil reveals himself

August 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

At 10am, after a pretty good omlette breakfast at an Altai restaurant, we arrive at the garage which we discover is a graveyard for Mongol Rally cars. There are 8 of them.  A Mongolian who works at Air Mongolia during the week,  but moonlights on Saturdays as a mechanic,  says our alternator which charges the [...]

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Khovd to Altai: Careering across the Gobi

August 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

August 22 and TDT faces a major challenge, driving 260 miles across some of the worst roads in Mongolia from Khovd to Altai.  We depart at 0930 with Max at the wheel. Rocks were bouncing off the undercarriage, the sump guard, an aluminum shield to protect our oil sump, gearbox and engine, is scraping the [...]

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Rocks and Ruin?

August 21st, 2008 · No Comments

Our task for today was to make it the 160 miles to the next "major" town, a distance that would normally take us under three hours on decent roads.The journey ended up taking 8 hours, at an average speed of 20 mph! The roads were unbelievably bad,  sometimes we had to go less 5 mph [...]

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Tsaaganur and Olgii

August 21st, 2008 · No Comments

With team "Top Gun’s" Fiat Uno in tow, the convoy rolled into Tsaaganur, the first town after the border. We had planned to drive straight through, however when we discovered that the road towards the next town had had a concrete wall built across it we decided that it was best to ask a local. [...]

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TDT Enters Land of Genghis Khan!

August 21st, 2008 · No Comments

Despite our fears of retribution from the big bad Russians for our behaviour in Taxistan, we were let out of Russia after only an hour of bureaucracy and minus a full cavity search. Exactly 10km into the 20km of no man’s land, the perfectly smooth Russian road disappeared into a rutted dirt track. A sign [...]

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Our last night in civilization

August 18th, 2008 · 3 Comments

After a good nights sleep, we departed Barnaul for the ten hour drive to the Mongolian border. 5 hours later, while stopped to repair the bonnet which was being held down by gravity alone, we joined a convoy of four other Rally cars. It was fun to be driving with company. The bonnet problem was [...]

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The Breakup of Taxistan

August 18th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Our last precious minutes in Taxistan were spent getting the much coveted Mankini shots for our sponsors, with great success. Reluctantly we struck camp and took down the stars and stripes and the union jack from the flagpole and joined the queue. The guard who had initially refused our requests for a doctor on the [...]

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Ed and Max arrive Barnaul

August 17th, 2008 · 4 Comments

My God they looked disgusting. After all they had not showered in 4 days and survived 30c temperature during the day with virtually no shade. Though exhausted from the ordeal they seemed in good spirits. While Ed remained asleep in the taxi, Max came to my room for an 18 minute shower, then announced he [...]

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Onward?

August 16th, 2008 · 1 Comment

This is James Walker, coming to you from Barnaul in Western Siberia, where I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of TDT sometime around 0600 Sunday. When I last talked to Max, yesterday afternoon, they were well except for some sun burn. There is virtually no shade. At this Saturday hour, 6pm here, 4pm in London [...]

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Kyrgyz cricketers struggle with the LBW rule

August 16th, 2008 · No Comments

The Russians seem to be more and more concerned with Taxistan’s welfare. We now receive daily visits from a doctor, who has thus far managed to treat our only ailment, several hundred mosquito bites a piece. Shortly after the doctor left we received a visit from our Kazakh counterparts, who invited us to dinner that [...]

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Taxistan in the London Evening Standard

August 15th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Team Desertaxi and the great micronation of Taxistan has been spotted, and written up in the London Evening Standard….  Read…

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Russian Shellfish and Selfish Russians

August 15th, 2008 · 2 Comments

As ties strengthen with Kazakhstan, they are souring with the Russians who are less and less willing to provide us with water. Not surprising considering the spontaneous bouts of nudity and almost continuous ABBA that we are subjecting them to. Rascal 1 and Rascal 2 came through last night, only to be cut up in [...]

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Republic of Taxistan

August 14th, 2008 · 4 Comments

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Riling the Russians

August 13th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Day 3 started as all days in Taxistan do, with God Save the Queen played at full volume while the Union Jack Hubcaps are placed on the flagpole. Then the theme tune to the Great Escape is played at full volume on repeat until the dozy Russian border guard comes out of his hut waving [...]

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Diplomacy and Dysentry

August 13th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Things took a turn for the worse yesterday afternoon, when Jimmy succumbed to a cold and his temperature shot through the roof. It took us an hour before the one border guard with nothing to do let us through to try and find a doctor. The doctor was to be found having a cigarette round [...]

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Nation building

August 13th, 2008 · 1 Comment

TDT and the People’s Autocratic Republic of Taxistan (PART) are facing many of the hardships of any new nation. Despite no loo, shower, electricity, running water or shade from the 120F heat spirits remain high at the end of day 1 of 5. Efforts at nation building kept morale high during the heat of the [...]

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Breakaway State Declares Indpendence from Russia

August 12th, 2008 · 19 Comments

BULLETIN: The fledgling State of Taxistan was created today due to a clerical error. On the 12th of August, Team Desertaxi members were denied entry to Russia until Saturday.. They were also denied re-entry to Kazakhstan. Two of the team members, James Walker and Edward Monckton,  had Ruissian entry visas dated August 14th and 17th, [...]

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