Amazing Flow Toys Donation

I got to work today and there was a package waiting on my desk, all the way from America!

Amazing Package

Amazing Package

Unwrapping it was a lot of fun, double wrapped super strong white magical fabric paper, my tiger strength wasn’t working so I actually had to resort to scissors. Foiled by fabric!

Argh super strong white fabric material of the Gods!

The amazing people at flowtoys have donated us some glow staffs and glow poi! Legends. The plan is to take them with us on the trip and busk our way around half the planet to raise money for orphans.

Flowtoys staffs, poi and handles!!

Flowtoys staffs, poi and handles!!

As soon as it gets dark we’re going to take these babies out for a spin! 😀

Team Ronin would like to say a very big thank you to Prisna and all the fantastic people at flowtoys!

Fire Busking

Rus Poi

Rus is a local fire performer from Brighton and as such will be busking his way to Mongolia, stopping off in every country to spin with either his contact poi or fire poi he intends to raise money for both charities along the way as well as entertain the locals, many of whom may never have seen fire dancing before! Over the 4-6 weeks the trip takes Rus intends to swamp this blog with videos of him performing as well as the reactions from the locals!

Having performed for the past 4 years at many of the UK festivals with Poi Passion, including the Brighton Festival, Out Of The Ordinary Festival and Brighton Fringe Festival Rus isn’t afraid of being shoved out by himself in front of an audience and with his charming grin the language barriers shouldn’t be a problem at all!

Explosive Poi Pyrotechnics

Explosive Poi Pyrotechnics

Leading the wave in pyrotechnics in Brighton, Rus is slowly stepping up his poi game, strapping pyros to anyone and everyone that will let him. Whilst he won’t be taking any to Mongolia with him, you might have seen some of his pyro work with his Poi Passion performance for the Brighton Fringe Festival in May 2012!

Extremely Talented

The Non Route

10,000 miles, 20 countries, harsh deserts, treacherous mountains, bandits, bad roads and no roads. The Mongol Rally is about getting yourself in a ton of trouble then trying to get out of it. If nothing goes wrong, we’ve done it wrong!

Team Ronin Mongol Rally Non Route

Team Ronin Mongol Rally Non Route

There’s no set route for the Mongol Rally, it starts in Goodwood in the UK on Saturday 14th July 2012 as part of the Festival of Slow then there’s a party in Prague 2 days later, then we are on our own until we get to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, hopefully 4-5 weeks later!

Our plan is to take a southern route, a ferry to France, with a quick visit to Paris and the Eiffel Tower followed by Luxembourg then Germany where we will abuse their autobahns to the fullest to make as much time as possible before we then enter the Czech Republic and Prague for the Mongol Rally party!

From there we are on our own and intend to visit the beautiful Vienna in Austria, followed by Budapest in Hungary and Zagreb in Croatia, after a tour of the Croatian coast we will cross over Bosnia and Herzegovia, Montenegro and Serbia before we enter Bulgaria and cross over to the Black Sea!

After a quick dip in the Black Sea it’s in to Greece then Turkey and Istanbul! Heading along the south coast of the Black Sea its across to Georgia and the capital Tbilisi, before we enter Russia and visit Volgograd then Astrakhan before we cross the Kazakhstan border!

Heading along the North of the Caspian sea we will then visit Atyrau before seeing the fantastic Baikonur Cosmodrome on the coast of the Aral Sea! We will then make our way across the center of the country towards Astana before crossing the border at Pavlodar back in to Russia!

During our 2nd time in Russia we’ll be hitting up the city of Novosibirsk before crossing back down in to Mongolia and taking in some beautiful lakes and the amazing Khangai Nurru National park!

Then it’s a tiny hop to the capital, Ulaanbaatar and the Gorkhi Terelj National park for a few days of rest and relaxation, before we donate the car to charity, give the country a final wave, and fly back to the UK.

Where no doubt we will need another holiday to recover … 😉

The Route!

  1. England
  2. France
  3. Luxembourg
  4. Germany
  5. Czech Republic
  6. Slovakia
  7. Hungary
  8. Austria
  9. Slovenia
  10. Croatia
  11. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  12. Montenegro
  13. Kosovo
  14. Serbia
  15. Macedonia
  16. Bulgaria
  17. Turkey
  18. Georgia
  19. Russia
  20. Kazakhstan
  21. Russia
  22. Mongolia

21 countries in total as we enter Russia twice!

Rus Just Passed His Driving Test

Astrakhan To Kazakhstan Border pontoon

Astrakhan To Kazakhstan Border pontoon

Ok, it’s Monday 23rd April and with just under 12 weeks to go before Team Ronin leaves Goodwood, Rus has just passed his driving test! VISA applications are being posted today, we’re so close I can taste it!


With the Kazakhstan VISA we had to mention where we were entering the country. After looking at our route, having a ganders at near by Russian cities and a bit of Google power we discovered this amazing bridge :

There’s a river to cross in the no mans land between the Russian city of Astrakhan and the Kazakhstan town of Zhana’Aul.

Which looks fantastic in it’s own right! I’m pretty sure we’re all going to be playing Rock/Paper/Scissors to cross this bad boy!

The Car

Here it is, our beauty of a car!

1ltr 2003 Suzuki Swift

brighton mongol rally team 2012

Isn’t she beautiful 🙂

We lucked out a bit in finding this car, as it’s only got 57,000 miles on the clock! It’s not in bad shape either, so something we can certainly put our faith in to do another 10,000 miles hassle free…. famous last words!

We’ll update this page as the sponsorship logos, graphics and rally mods get added to the car!

Now we just need to have a think on what to name her.