08/14/2013 11:04 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Long Drop of Hell: Adventures in Mongol Rally Land, Episode 4


Travelers undertaking the Mongol Rally have to be super resourceful and open to new ideas on the road. In the fourth episode of "Adventures in Mongol Rally Land," my rally partner Steve and I finally reach the Mongolian border. Almost to our destination of Ulaanbaatar, we must first spend a night in a cow pen, complete with toilet facilities nicknamed the "long drop of hell." Respite comes in the form of Russian vodka made from mushrooms.

After dealing with the border crossing, we encounter a group of local children who enjoy some of our supplies as we make our way to Hovd. After getting turned around, we are led in the right direction by a friendly local, known only as "9989."