Day 50 – There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.

5 September 2010

High Point: stretching my legs climbing to a peak overlooking Gorkhi-Terelj. Nice to get a bit of a sweat on and great to lap up the wonderful vista.

Low point: the last few days have been a real struggle. After 7 weeks on the road, momentum and purpose have done a magnificent job of masking the true pain to both body and mind. 3 days in UB and 2 slow days after opened the flood gates to the true agony. I was proper home sick for the first time as London felt an awfully long way away in either direction. Long haul flights, coupled with the digital age, have squashed most people’s perspectives of the size of this wonderful world of ours. Drive just a third of it in a silly red truck and you will feel every inch of its enormity!! A few restless nights and general poorly feeling was massively knocking my motivation. The road has become less desirable. A nice cup of tea and a little sit down sounds simply glorious. It would be nice to pop home for just a few days. I am sure that once we hit the road again in earnest, my enthusiasm will return in earnest.No point: James waking up the rest of the crew up at 3am announcing his bed was uncomfortable

Thanks of the day: Skype.  We made a video Skype call to my mum and Amy from a Ger in Mongolia. Mind blowing stuff. Thanks again Skype.Authors Comments : Cabin Fever. Stuffed in the back of a truck for the best part of 10 hours a day, the crew’s chat / stories / personalities start to blend together. Now let’s take James Morrow as an example. When he first came on the expedition, he was certainity the shy, organised and “nice” guy on the trip. Throw 5 weeks of the fire engine blender at him, and other people’s traits start to rub off, for example:

From Ross : lots of porky pies and half truths to spice up a story or two

From Steve : losing his key and general shouting

From Ben : faffing; the ability to wander aimlessly round the fire engine when there are jobs to be done

From Dave : not really understanding what’s going on

On behalf of the team, I would like to apologise to James’s mum. He is a good boy really, promise.

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3 Responses to “Day 50 – There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.”

  1. Steve et al – thought I’d mention that Ailsa does a great neck/shoulder massage.

  2. Lucy Wakefield (Beanland) September 9, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Hello you lot, thinking of you all and if Ben get really annoying poke him

  3. Hey Steve and crew. Just read that you’ve got to China, absolutely amazing. Following you guys every day. The blogs are great. I am sure that some days are tough but dig deep, if anyone will get round the world in a fire engine it will definitely be you. Take care of yourselves Loux