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Paul McLoone

10,000 miles to Mongolia


by Today FM  17th Jul 2014  10:34
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Paddy Thunder, Diarmuid Keane and Lorcan Smith are setting off on a big challenge

They’re decided to drive 10,000 miles to Mongolia in the smallest car they can find: a 15 year old Nissan Micra. It’s all in aid of The Peter Verry Trust.

They are 3 of the 760 participants taking part in the 11th annual MONGOL RALLY that involves driving 15,000+ kilometres across 18 countries over four weeks. There are no support vehicles, no GPS, and, for a third of the trip, no roads… They are the only Irish team taking part and the furthest journey they’ve taken together so far was a weekend in London – they got stuck there for 9 days due to the ash cloud!

Good luck Team Micra Management!

Listen back:

THE CAR

They bought the 1999 blue Micra on DoneDeal from a Lithuanian mechanic who offered to put in 60 hours of his time free-of-charge to help them make the modifications. The car now has an engine guard, a re-routed exhaust so that it can drive through water, a roof rack with 2 big spotlights for light when camping and a safe welded into the boot for their camera gear.

PACKING

Kit includes: 3 tents, 2 jerry cans, 2 spare wheels, all the camera gear, first aid kit, tool kits.

They’ve admitted they know nothing about fixing cars and have downloaded YouTube videos of how to fix the car! They also have the TV box-set of THE LONG WAY ROUND – Charlie Boorman and Ewan McGregor did this trip on motorbikes.

THE ROUTE

They start at Battersea Park, London this Sunday. The finish line in UlaanBaatar opens from 9th to 30th August. There’s a ‘Leave No Car Behind’ policy – you either have to sell it on, or drive it home.

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