The Mission

The Peking to Paris Rally is a recreation of the 1907 challenge issued by Le Matin, "Is there anyone who will undertake to travel this summer from Peking to Paris by automobile?"
The 2016 version will follow a route of 13,695 Km (8,510 miles) and take 35 days. We are travelling in Rhubarb and Custard, a 1936 Buick. We know nothing about cars or rallying.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Mongolia - A Preview

We already know where the overnight stops are in Mongolia but of course we don't know the exact route we will be following.  In general the rally organisers try to find interesting and beautiful routes that will also stretch the cars and the teams.

I've plotted on Google Earth the stopovers through Mongolia and into the first camp in Russia.

The red line is the route we would take as the crow flies - which obviously we won't be doing.

The map below is from the website 'Dangerous Roads' and the pins show some of the World's most dangerous roads that we might take if that's what the organisers have in mind.  At least one of them is 4x4 only and has a gradient of 35% so I don't think we will be doing that.

I thought if I looked carefully at Google Earth I could second guess the route but it's completely impossible. The various pictures postyed onto Google Earth make Mongolia look rather lush, green and rolling. But I gather the rally organisers are capable of finding dry, dusty and hilly parts as well!

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