The Mongol Rally is a UK-to-Mongolia, no back-up, no support, no set route adventure for charity - involving 15 countries and 10,000 miles' worth of mountains, deserts, bad roads, no roads, bandits, and various other pickles in comically unsuitable 1-litre cars.
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Freedom costs a buck-oh-five. But we've heard that in Mongolia $1.05 also gets you a 3-story yurt mansion on the shores of Ögii Lake.
So off we go in our Fiat Panda. And since terrorism is officially over, Team America is now all about charity and liberation! Viva la Facebook!
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Facts about Mongolia
19th largest and the most sparsely populated independent country in the world
2.9 million people
30% of the population are nomadic or semi-nomadic
predominant religion is Tibetan Buddhism
20% of the population live on less than US$1.25 per day
economy is centered on agriculture and mining(like copper, coal, molybdenum, tin, tungsten, and gold)
Fun Facts about 2009 Rally
Number of Teams started: 359
Number of Teams to Finish: 281 (78%)
Number of Teams to Retire: 65 (18%)
Number of Teams M.I.A.: 13 (4%)
Number of Teams Retired before Mongolia (or M.I.A): 34 (9% – 44% all retirees)
Number of Teams Retired in Mongolia: 44 (12% – 56% all retirees)