One of my favourite things is when a stranger (or sometimes friend) pops me an email or PM on Facebook and says "I am thinking about applying to (or have been accepted to) the Mongol Derby or Race the Wild Coast. Where do I even begin?" I love sharing the spirit of adventure with like-minded, or… Continue reading How to Prepare for an Ultra-Endurance Horse Race
Likely the question I am asked the most... what now? Yes, I do intend on taking another go at the Mongol Derby. Overall I enjoyed it, and I am not satisfied that merely attempting it crosses it off the bucket list. When will I attempt to return? Well that is still TBA. Also, since my… Continue reading So what now?
I woke up on the final day completely gutted. This was it, the final day of riding, and I was not given the opportunity to ride the last leg. This means officially, that I had run out of chances to ride the incredible Mongolian horses, and there was no more hope for an offer. It… Continue reading The final day of Riding, with the back of the Pack
I had a nice sleep in, and this time had a real breakfast (not puree mutton soup) which I think had some sort of eggs, toast, and bacon (though closer to ham than our bacon at home). We heard that there would be riders coming in pretty early, so I decided to take a walk… Continue reading Day 9 – More finish, and more camel riding
We had to be up extra early on day 8, because we had to get to finish camp and help set up the finish line before Sam got there, and she was moving so fast, we risked her passing the finish with nobody to cheer her on! We sped off in the van, skipping the… Continue reading Day 8 – Finish Camp, and an unwelcome passenger.
Eek, its easy to forget about the charity aspects after the race is over! I received an email yesterday reminding me to send the details of my fundraising to the race organizers, and I hate to say it, but while my LongRun campaign was pretty successful, my CoolEarth one is pitiable. I am supposed… Continue reading The goons are knocking!
When we awoke on Day 7, we were told we were going to try and catch up with the leaders – none of whom we had seen since we crossed the start line. It sounded like Sam was still in the front and of course we were cheering her on! We went through another mountain… Continue reading Day 7: Catching the Front-Runners & Jess’s Cat Friend
After seeing the riders off, and Per and Anna off, we hit the “road” again. Thankfully, most people were able to nap through the bucking bronc of the party van. We ended up going through a Soum (small village) and outside a shop… Derby Saddles! We stopped the van and surprised the riders who were… Continue reading Day 6 – Tasty Treats and the Mountain pass
Now excuse some inaccuracy here, I have been going based on the dates of my photos (digitally stamped) which I thought was the best method, but oops! I forgot about the time difference which my camera (and me) was not smart enough to understand. Maybe that’s why day 5 seemed so bland last I wrote… Continue reading Day 5.5 – The Cabin and My Good Sleep
I wasn't interested in staying in the city too long. I had just enough time overnight to shower, sleep and send out a quick email to close friends and family , who had flooded my inbox thinking I had an ankle injury as thats what the official site said my reason for withdrawal was. Having… Continue reading Day 5: Return to the steppes