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Team Ronin enters The Mongol Rally 2012!

CommunityJames Hipkiss

It's that time of the year again and the Mongol Rally 2012 is about to start! Late last year we put together a small team and have entered the rally. Tonnes of planning has been involved ie routes, visas, insurance, car, sponsorship and the list continues! One team member even had to learn how to drive and quickly pass his test! All that hard work has finally paid off, as we embark on our trip in under 10 days time in a car even our grandmothers wouldn't want to be seen driving! What is the Mongol Rally?

The Mongol Rally runs each year and is the largest UK to Mongolia charity rally. On 14th July at Goodwood, UK the Festival of Slow will see only the bravest adventurers unite for the start of the 2012 Mongol Rally. From Chichester, UK to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, there's over 10,000 miles to cover. Once started, you're entirely on your own! Relying only on your wits, vehicle and some good fortune, there's no outside support from anyone. This year the Mongol Rally is supporting the Lotus Children's Centre Charitable Trust. They work with vulnerable children and families to provide the basic human rights of shelter, food and education. Our Plan There's no set route for the Mongol Rally, it starts in Goodwood in the UK on Saturday 14th July 2012 as part of the Festival of Slow then there's a party in Prague 2 days later, then we are on our own until we get to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, hopefully 4-5 weeks later!

Our route takes us all the way through Europe, down the Adriatic coast, across Bulgaria, along the Black sea coast going through Turkey, up through Russia, into Kazakhstan and then jump across to Mongolia. We've never done anything like this and we're sure it's going to be one hell of an adventure. To raise money from the trip and provide plenty of entertainment to ourselves and others, we plan to Fire Busk along the way. Thanks to a sponsorship by Flow Toys we've also received some glow poi too. At almost every opportunity we'll be posting updates, stories and pictures of our adventure as we brave it across Europe, Russia and Asia.

Please follow our adventure by visiting www.teamronin.net Has anyone done anything like this before? Offer your advice or best wishes below!"