Two Jimnys around the world!

Theyve Made It

They've made it .... Southampton to Vladivostock in 8 weeks and 2 days.  Not a bad effort for the old guys.Many doubted Les could pull this off, not only has he done it, he's done it in style, through trials and tribulations, good days and tough days.  He's done it all with a smile. We've only heard a small fraction of his tales so far and over the next few weeks while the Jimnys are on the water on their way to Vancouver, we'll hear many more.WELL DONE LES AND ALL THE CREW!!I want to also take this opportunity to publicly thank Suzuki .... this is what I wrote this morning to Alun Parry, who has been instrumental in backing Les throughout the Challenge .....Hi Alun, I know the challenge is only halfway round but I just have to tell you this now ......... We thought all of you at Suzuki UK have been brilliant and have supported this challenge over and above what would normally be expected of a sponsor.  But added to that, the way Suzuki have supported Les across numerous countries all the way to Vladivostock, has just been fantastic, I am amazed at how all the dealerships have got behind the Challenge and supported Les with such enthusiasm.  They are all really a great credit to Suzuki.

Southampton, the start. From the left, Alun Parry, Les Carvall Guy Newman (Suzuki Totton)

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We Arrived In Tashanta Our Last Russian

We arrived in Tashanta our last Russian stop before Mongolia on Saturday 11th.....

Out side the hostel type accommodation at Tashanta Sunday 12th getting ready to cross the border 9am on Monday.  I fed the crew a evening meal of Chilli-con-carne, minced beaf, carrots and peas ......... they spent the rest of the night on the loo, must be my cooking. Les

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Wevedriven Main Highway Through

We'vedriven the main highway through Mongolia now, 1200 miles from west toeast. Of the 1200 miles, 800 miles was sand track, 400 was surfacedwith half of that broken and full of pot holes, the rest was fair togood. We crossed Mongolia in seven days, not a record, but a goodtime for guys our age. We were averaging between 25 to 45 miles anhour and nearly wrecked the poor Jimnys and ourselves.We've met some fantastic people, one of them being the tiniest fully grown woman I've ever seen when we stopped to ask for directions in the middle of nowhere.  Click the link to see the video .....   http://bit.ly/10n4BxM

And we met some possible new recruits ...

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Stage Three begins - Novosibirsk to Vladivostock

Well Stage Three begins. Graham Higgins and Mike Bailey have joined Les in Novosibirsk.

From the left: Les, Mike and Graham

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A day of trials and tribulations

From Les .... Hi everybody, I am typing this update to you knowing that it won't be sent until we find a wifi connection. It is May 12th and we're at a place called Kosh-Acash near Tashanter the border crossing into Mongolia, we had planned to cross today, but were told that the border was closed until 9am Monday. As there is no wifi in this part of the world we can't contact anybody to tell them we are OK and that we expect to cross the border and be at Olgii about 50 miles south by mid day tomorrow. Since we have been on our own without a translator we have done very well, I worked out what I would say to Russian speaking people to ask for assistance and wrote it down and I sweet talked the girl at the Hotel we stayed at to translate them into Russian and it has worked. So when we go to a garage to get fuel I flash my paper that says can you help me please I do not speak Russian, I have two cars, I need petrol (benzene) can I pay by credit card or do I have to pay cash.  Can I fill the tank full or can I only have 25 litres.  I give them that, give them my 'take pity on an old man' look and it works! I have a number of these slips of paper ready to pull out whenever we need food, accommodation, directions were to go, are we on the right road and so on. I have been quite worried about Mongolia, we have allowed 5 days to travel through and come out at the other end, if the roads are as bad as what we have been told it may take longer and beat up the Jimnys up a bit which concerns me. But that aside, we are ready to go in the morning, extra fuel and water loaded.  We've eaten some of the food that we brought with us so we are a little lighter.   Perhaps I am worrying to much, but the only way to find out is to get on and do it, fingers crossed. Les Update today .....  Last night they filled the Jimnys with fuel ready to set off this morning.  After they'd been travelling for a while towards the border crossing Les noticed he only had a third of a tank of petrol.  Turns out, two thirds of their fuel had been syphoned out, whoever did it was good, absolutely no sign of tampering what so ever.  Luckily they found a small place where they could fill up again and all was well.

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