Brothers taking the long way in Mongol Rally

One hell of a journey… Former Taieri College pupils Nick Bathgate (left) and Mike Bathgate are preparing to tackle the Mongol Rally in July. PHOTO: JOSHUA RIDDIFORD

Supposedly, men are not great at asking for directions.
Two former Taieri College pupils preparing to drive the 20,000km Mongol Rally in July do not expect their navigational skills to help them buck the stereotype.
“We’ll probably be good at getting lost,” Mike Bathgate said.
Mike will drive the rally along with brother Nick and friends Taygen Hughes and Debbie Knuvers.
The women would probably be better at asking for directions, Mike said. The rally begins in London on July 16 with rallyers travelling through Europe then Mongolia before ultimately finishing at Ulan Ulde in Siberia.
Mike has lived and worked in Australia for the last three years and said his experience working on a cattle station with regular vehicle breakdowns in the outback was good preparation.
Brother Nick lives in Outram and works as a mechanic which Mike said could be “quite helpful”.
The event is run by British organisation “the adventurers” and contains strict rules. Rule two says rallyers are on their own with no road backup or support.
The team was in “no hurry” and would take their time, Mike said.
“It’s not a race. The finish line’s open for a whole month. We’re planning to take one of the more difficult routes which goes through a lot more countries and take our time and see as much as we can.”
Each team must raise 1000 ($NZ1724) for charity.
The organisation running the rally has a chosen charity for which 500 must be raised and then each team can raise money for the charity or charities of their choice. Mike, Nick, Taygen and Debbie have chosen Parkinson’s New Zealand and Arohanui Hospice to support. To pledge donations in support
of them, go to their Givealittle page You can follow their journey via their Facebook page Kiwis Crossing Mongol Rally 2017.