Tri-Region seniors to drive from United Kingdom to Mongolia

Their journey will take them to 23 countries over 55 days. Stops on the list include Russia, Turkey, Iran, Germany, and Serbia. They will be going in two 2003 Suzuki Wagon R’s.

David and Corinne Lamoureux will be joining Lee Speer and Marty Cender on the Mongol Rally road trip that will see the group drive from the United Kingdom to Mongolia. Evan J. Pretzer

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Corinne Lamoureux hopes to end her next road trip alive and intact.

The Tri-Region senior and her husband David will be joining their friends Lee Speer and Marty Cender on a journey from the United Kingdom to Mongolia via car. The fully-funded trip begins July 3 and is run through a U.K.-based company called The Adventurists. Along the way they will raise money for the Cool Earth climate charity and Edmonton’s Elves Special Needs Society. They will be going through regions where tensions are high and near war.

“We hope a lot,” Lamoureux said. “I do not want Trump to bomb Iran while we are there. We just have to have a lot of faith it will all work out.”

The voyage has its roots in the friendship between David Lamoureux and Speer. In 2017 they went on the Rickshaw Run adventure offered by the company doing the Mongol Rally. This experience saw them drive a three-wheeled taxi with the power of a lawnmower across India to the Pakistani border. They journeyed more than 3,000 km and did not actually win any prizes.

Lee Speer and Marty Cender will be joining David and Corinne Lamoureux on a road trip from the United Kingdom to Mongolia. The trip beings July 3 and will see the group drive across two continents. Evan J. Pretzer

“The first person who reaches the end loses,” Speer said. “The idea is to be out for as long as possible and have as much fun as you can. You start with a party and end with a party, but in between you are strictly on your own.”

Speer and Cender looked into the Mongol Rally after his experience in India and were anxious to have another couple do it with them. They turned to the Lamoureux’s and worked to get their interest. The pair was not keen at first, but eventually, everyone got on the same page and trip planning started.

Their journey will take them to 23 countries over 55 days. Stops on the list include Russia, Turkey, Germany, and Serbia. They will be going in two 2003 Suzuki Wagon R’s. The rules are the cars have to have an engine size of 1.2 litres or less and be what the group has called “basically crap.”

Along the way they anticipate a number of repairs will have to be made. David Lamoureux is prepared for some, but cannot handle everything.

“I can do basic repairs,” he said. “Anything beyond that I don’t know.”

The cars the group will be taking on their journey in the Mongol Rally will be two 2003 Suzuki Wagon R’s. Supplied photo

People have died during the event. A British driver was killed driving through Iran in 2010 and others have chronicled their near-fatal accidents.

The Lamoureux’s and Cender and Speer know anything can happen, but are not focusing on fear. Instead, they are excited to see people, places and landscapes unfamiliar to them and outside of normal tourism.

“Europe we will flow through quickly,” Speer said. “I am excited to get into the more rugged roads, the rougher roads, the third world type of idea.”

And Corinne Lamoureux looks forward to Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

“Mongolia and Siberia are not interesting to me,” she said. “It is like going through Saskatchewan to the east, there is a lot of barren area. The more remote countries are exciting for me.”

The team will be documenting their journey on Facebook and through their Where on “Yurt” Are We? Tripcast page. Donations for the charities can be given through Cool Earth’s website and canadahelps.org/en/dn/41990.

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