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Epic journey ends in Mongolia after a 10,250-mile drive across 19 countries
Three men who tackled a 10,250-mile adventure across 19 countries in a 4x4 have reached their final destination.
Originally there were four members of team 4 Men7 Brows, but losing one along the way was one challenge the men faced on their epic seven-week trip.
Bob Jackson, 25, Josh Chittenden, 24, and Oli Keighley, 22, from Oakworth, plus Matthew Smith from Long Lee, have so far raised £3,000, which will go to Sue Ryder, Macmillan Cancer Support and rainforest charity Cool Earth.
Josh had to return to the UK from Tbilisi, Georgia, a month into the trip, but the remaining trio were determined to continue and reached the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, on Saturday.
The quartet began their gruelling drive on July 15, leaving the UK with other teams on the Mongol Rally 2013.
Matthew’s dad, Brian Smith, said in seven weeks the men had reached altitudes of 4,655m, broken one windscreen, one spring and one back window – which was fixed with tape – and had the experience of a lifetime, making new friends across the world.
Matthew, 24, said: “So after seven weeks and over 10,000 miles we have made it to Ulaanbaatar – Mongolia. It all feels a bit surreal at the moment sat in a hotel lobby listening to the standard lobby music, knowing I won’t be getting up tomorrow in the middle of nowhere and driving the Orange Beast another 400-500km. Mongol Rally – you’ve been a blast!”
Along the way the men spent four hours getting through customs in Turkmenistan after spending four days on a ferry – for a crossing due to take 13 hours – because of a broken winch.
They tackled high roads through the Pamir Mountain Range, one of the highest in the world; battled illness and helped tow competitors in their 2004 Daihatsu Terios.
At the start of the rally, the team won a prize for having the most prepared car and they had to carry a golden television on top of the car for the entire journey. The honour is also known as the ‘pink fairy’ prize.
The men, who finished 168th out of 263 cars, return to England on Thursday. Their car and equipment will be sold in Mongolia to support a local children’s charity.
Matthew, an educational IT consultant, said: “The trip was totally insane and the best thing we’ve ever done. It’s going to be hard, if not impossible, to top. Anyone thinking about a trip like this, stop thinking and just do it.”