Old-fashioned Micra barn storming

Concern grows about the fate of the 3rd car

Concern grows about the fate of the 3rd car

The first major drama of the trip went down during the final goodbyes in Edinburgh as a frantic Adventurist employee phoned explaining that one vehicle in the Micra fleet was one month older than the 10-year car age limit. Evidently, the Mongolian government decided that cars registered before October 1999 are over 10 years old. The Silver Bullet was registered in September 1999 and while we’ll be crossing into Mongolia in August of 2009, we were told that we would need to put a 1,500 pound deposit on this car as it was arbitrarily deemed as a ten year-old. We were not thrilled with this idea, nor were we thrilled with the possibility of not having our third car.

Our home for 5 hours of lessening darkness

Our home for 5 hours of lessening darkness

Paul, looking devilish

Paul, looking devilish

After a series of threats, tears, and concessions, we worked out a deal with the Adventurists to keep the fleet intact and finally headed out of Edinburgh at 8pm. We reserved a stay at a barn near Manchester to spend the night before getting down to Goodwood for the launch. Our late start and gross underestimation of the time it would take to get to the farm left us with a 3:30am arrival (thank you Google Maps). But, after running across three fields and avoiding rams and bulls, we stumbled onto the old stone barn and got a few hours of sleep.

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5 Responses

  1. Those photos are fantastic..who is the photographer..bet you can’t believe you are actually on your way

  2. Hey Z, Nice quarters! Where is the concierge?

  3. what happened at the ferry? just got separated?

    i have booked in Ulanbataar for arrival on 8/15. please keep everyone (following your teams) posted as you venture forward. Be safe and Godspeed!

  4. Awesome pictures!! Thanks for letting us “tag along”!! Good luck to all of you.

  5. Old-fashioned Micra barn storming .Thanks for nice post.I added to my twitter.

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