Mongolian charity the driving force
Many people would consider driving from England to Mongolia, through some of the world’s roughest terrain, sheer lunacy.
But Ian Wallace and Garth Briden will take up the challenge of driving 16,000km through 18 countries for a good cause in July.
When Mr Wallace heard about the Mongolian Charity Rally last year through a friend, he had no hesitation in signing up.
“You can have a lot of fun doing it and what’s great about it is we’re raising funds for charity.”
They’ll be collecting money for Save The Children, and will gift the vehicle they’re travelling in to the Mongolian-based Children’s Development and Protection Foundation after the rally.
They’ve named their team the Wondering Sailors after they met five years ago on the water.
Mr Wallace, 58, grew up in Zambia and has travelled throughout Asia, South America and Europe.
“In those days there were all dirt roads except for the township. In the rainy season it was nothing for the truck to fly off the road and into the bush.”
While his travelling companion hasn’t travelled quite as widely, that doesn’t phase Mr Briden, 70.
“I have always been an outdoors man and spent a lot of time on a motorbike,” the Royal Oak resident says.
“It’s a good excuse to be tied up in something worthwhile.”
And with 10 hours a day of driving in front of them, the duo say they wouldn’t mind having a third person to share the load, with the cost per person set at around $11,000.
Anyone who wants to sign up for the trip would need a sense of adventure, a lot of patience and a good sense of humour, Mr Wallace says.
“We could be at a border crossing for six hours.
“Some of the roads are pretty awful. We’ll be down to 20kmh for days.”
But the Hillsborough resident says taking it slow throughout parts of the trip will have its benefits.
“The geography up there is astounding. And with the history and the culture, I just love it.”
They’ll also have to buy most of their provisions and the vehicle they’re driving overseas, because of weight restrictions when flying.
To donate money to Save The Children through the pair’s website visit www.just giving. com/ wonderingsail ors.
To inquire about joining the pair on their trip contact Mr Wallace on 021-2165417.
Adventure seekers: Garth Briden, left, and Ian Wallace will travel around 16,000km and through 18 countries during the Mongolian Charity Rally in July.