July 2011 was where it all began. The 6 week Mongol Rally, driving from London to Ulaanbaatar in a 1.1L Citroen Saxo - christened 'Mitch'.
Team Mongol Hair weaved, crawled, pushed, slid & hiccuped its way through some of the most ridiculous roads the world could throw up. However, after a total of 36 days on the road, Mitch limped
his way to the finish line (with only 1 gear left). Check out the story of the Rally here - www.MongolHair.com
After a couple of months (well, weeks) back into reality, and normal day to day life did not appeal. The next adventure to sign up to was the Mototaxi Junket. 2 weeks driving the length of Peru in 'Miguel' - who can only really be described as a motorbike with a sofa strapped on the back. However, the terrain could not defeat Team QuecHair - www.QuecHair.com
The last trip came in the form of the Zhonghua Jam. A 2 week escapade across the 'road less travelled' parts of China. This time in the worst hire car that was possible (& another unreliable Citroen) - 'Ma Xi Bu' or 'Marshall'. There was a bonus member to the ShaoHair team in the form of Anne-meike (AM) - an honourary, and now lifetime Hair - www.ShaoHair.com
And here we are now. Still not even 12 months since the first Hair'venture, but now into our fourth trip.
There are only a few rules:
- The vehicle must be unreliable, and generally unsuitable for the trip
- No real set route or agenda, and as off the beaten track as possible
- Jonathan must have no idea where we are going from one day to the next
- Completely under-prepared for the journey ahead
Pretty much a couple of random strangers met in Shanghai, and decided to cross a third of the planet in a god awful motor vehicle.
Once that was completed, there was basically no stopping the 'Hairs'.