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 at the wheel, the windshield wipers started to slow and the headlights dim. Max immediately identified the problem. Our new, used generator which charges the battery had started to fail. Max turned off all electrics including the headlights. Should we go on or stop andspend the night in the freezing cold inside the car?
The unanimous vote was to push on.. Max quickly pulled behind a passing minivan filled with passengers and began to follow. Occasionally he would flip on the lights to say we were there. Then we got stuck and the minivan pulled us out. Then the minivan got stuck andwe pulled it out.
And so it went for 3 hours until we saw the lights of Ulaanbaatar. TDT had ducked another bullet which is not an overstatement.
Ed and Max deserve maximum congratulations as they met all challenges head on and with great humor.
We have been trying to sleep off the trip in between Ed and Max’s visit to the Chinese Embassy visa office which requires proof you have $100. to spend each day in country and a hotel reservation for each city. I will skip how they met the rules but you would be proud of their cleverness.
I, James Walker, have bought my plane ticket home for Sunday.
This has been an extraordinary experience, meeting wonderful, caring people from the Rally teams and equally wonderful people along the way.
I am so fortunate to have done this with Ed and Max. They carried us through with great enthusiasm and they welcomed each car problem with equal cheer and a crafty solution. Imagine being part of that!
And most important, thank you for your support! Your generosity and comments were inspiring.