Team Dixie Chickens are driving a school bus around the world!
This crazy idea arose from our plan to participate in the Mongol Rally, July 2013, driving 10,000 miles from England to Mongolia while raising awareness and money for charities. Wander around our site to learn more, donate to charities, and be sure to cheer us on by sporting some Team Dixie Chicken wear!
Besides having tons of fun along the way, we are also raising money for Mongolia’s Lotus Children’s Centre. It is a home and school near the capital city of Ulan Baatar which provides a safe place for poor, abandoned, and abused street children. At Lotus, these vulnerable children are given food, clothing, healthcare, and shelter, as well as education and vocational training.
We are also raising money for the Adventurists’ global charity, Cool Earth/Fauna and Flora. These good folks work alongside indigenous communities to protect the world’s most endangered rainforests.
The bus leaves Charleston, SC in June to arrive in Southampton,England by July 1st. The Mongol Rally UK launch is July 13th from England and we will travel about 10,000 miles over 6 weeks to reach the finish line in Ulan Baatar, Mongolia by August 16th. Our journey will continue another 2500 miles to Vladivostok, Russia by early September, then a ferry ride to Japan, and finally putting the bus aboard a ship bound for Washington state. The tail end of our circumnavigation will continue in 2014 with a cross-country drive back home to Charleston, SC in May 2014.
In 2012 we did our first excursion with the The Adventurists called the Mototaxi Junket. This rally offers teams from all over the world the chance to drive a small, underpowered sofa bike through the worst roads of Peru. It’s a beast of an adventure, and the teams taking part have raised impressive piles of cash for charities. After the fun we had in Peru, plans for our next adventure were in the works immediately!
Check out our 2012 Mototaxi Junket page and see why we had to sign up with these crazy people for another trip!