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You Want Breakfast Now? A Mongol Rally Team Experience [Kindle Edition]

James Druce
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The Mongol Rally - a 10,000 mile adventure, driving a pathetically underpowered car from the UK to Mongolia - all for charity.

"You Want Breakfast Now? A Mongol Rally Experience" is the story of 3 young men from a tiny island in the Isles of Scilly who undertook this challenge in 2010. Despite living on a 2 square mile island, and 2/3rds of the team not having driving licenses, The Islanders obtained a place on the rally and undertook what is possibly the greatest challenge on Earth.

Through cities and villages, mountains and deserts, the Mongol Rally is a true test of character and perseverance. In a challenge where the use of GPS is banned, instead a compass is the chief source of guidance, The Islanders find themselves often up against almost insurmountable problems - but find a way to the finish line.

This story was written on the road, as it happened.

The Scilly Mission raised £15,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. This is the 8th year The Islanders have raised money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 830 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: (1 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,781 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for potential ralliers. 29 Aug. 2014
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This is a brilliant account of a trek to Mongolia. The scene which lends itself to the title "You want breakfast NOW?" describes in excellent humour the tribulations involved in communicating abroad across a language barrier. My favourite scene had to be the group's days in Ukraine, and the friends they made there. The whole story from start to finish is inspiring and has made me want to take the Mongol Rally in the future, it gives an excellent insight into the challenges involved, areas of preparation needed, the fun that can be had along the way and the experiences that can be gained. Following reading this book, I got in touch with the author to ask for advice about the rally, and he very kindly replied with some further tips. Good book, easy to read, written in a positive and friendly way and full of exciting, interesting and interpid tales. Must read if you're at all interested in doing the rally.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy-to-read adventure travel book 9 Jun. 2013
By James
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I came across this book whilst searching for information about the Mongol Rally. By a sheer magic stroke of luck I managed to come across the book when it was being discounted; and available to download on my kindle for FREE! It had received moderately good reviews and there was nothing to lose so I thought I would give it a read. I am glad I did. It was everything I was looking for in a story about the Mongol Rally. However I also thought it was a great adventure story as well, appealing to people who like reading adventure travel books. It is extremely easy to read as Druce has just taken each day from his daily blog posts which he made on the road during his trip.

The book is about a team of three young men `The Scilly Mission', from (yes you guessed it) the Isles of Scilly. They entered the 2010 Mongol Rally in their trusty little car `Pete the Saxo'. Their aim was to drive 1/3 of the way around the planet hopefully ending up in Ulaanbaatar. Quite quickly they leave the security and familiarity of Western Europe as they head onto worsening roads and toughening conditions. They experience 45°C heat one week and snow the next. They are pushed to the limit and the Mongol Rally shows its true test of character and perseverance. With GPS units banned they find themselves with a small cheap compass to guide the way. They face many challenges along their route but all that just adds to the compelling story.

The book not only features their story but at the end there is a more detailed description of the logistics, what they took, how much sponsorship they received, how much it cost etc. It is therefore a great tool for those people who are looking to take part in future Mongol Rallies. I found it a very easy book to dip in and out of and an enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Epic Journey 1 July 2014
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Well this took some reading... the book was quite a bit longer than most I have read lately.. I dont know how one reviewer read it in a day ! Its a great travel book about 3 lads who take part in the Mongol Rally. Its not an easy trip.. no one said it would be but it certainly was an eye opener to just how dangerous taking part in something the Mongol Rally can be . Well worth reading , made a change from the usual travel books Ive read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed 13 Jun. 2013
By pamela
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Ok so it has the odd grammatical error but so what, it's enthusiasm, honesty and bare bones of a story is excellent. I still love the sound of the ralley but know I never want to do it, just thank heavens for the boys that did and also Pete the saxo
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5.0 out of 5 stars Humorous account of the journey of a lifetime. 10 April 2012
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Enjoyable light read of a lads' journey across a good chunk of the globe. I'll forgive the spattering of spelling mistakes as it was free :P I hope you have more adventures in the pipeline (if work will let you!)as I'd happily pay for another account of your journeys.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it 9 April 2012
By Daniel
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Got this book on the kindle when it was free. Saw it advertised on a certain audio\visual forum.

Finished the book in a day. I actually quite enjoyed it. I'd never heard of the Mongol Rally before.

For me the border crossings and getting frequently stopped by the police were some of the funniest parts.

There were a few spelling mistakes and some private jokes which were about the only minor negative points for me.

The book was just about perfect length and the action moved along pretty quickly. Worth reading if you're interested in the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 26 May 2014
By Crafter
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For a first time piece of writing this is a great piece of work. A mad cap adventure across Europe in aid of charity with a new challenge every day. I had trouble putting this down - a keeper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed this book 22 Aug. 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. James Drucey has a gift for this type of writing. I was there with them on their journey to Mongolia.
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