|August 2008, somewhere in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia|
The best part of the Mongol Rally is not having to think about a response when asked, "what is the craziest thing you've ever done?" In short: three years ago I bought a 17-year-old Nissan Micra in England on Ebay for $340 and drove it from London to Mongolia. For charity.
My friend Paul and I took part in an event called the Mongol Rally, an event designed by the London-based League of Adventurists in order to make the world a less boring place. The rules are simple:
- Teams are on their own. If the shit hits the fan, find a way out of it.
- No GPS.
- Car must be bought for less than $1,000.
- Car must have less than a liter of engine power.
- All teams must raise $2,000 for two of five designated Mongolian charities
I've had the chance to relive this mighty adventure a lot over the past few weeks. When I recently found over an hour of raw footage from the trip in my dad's basement, I finally had the chance to make the highlights reel I always wanted to. When I posted it to Facebook, a friend who writes for the local paper decided to run the story on the paper's website.
And without further ado, I present you with that very highlights reel. But before you watch it, answer the question for yourself: what is the craziest thing you have ever done?