a moment in time - calais / austin mini
where it all began. Pulling off the ferry, en route for Mongolia, during the 2006 Mongol Rally
“There is your car and the open road, the fabled lure of random adventure. You stand at the verge, and you could become anything. Your future shifts and warps with your smallest step, your shitty little whims. The man you will become is at your mercy.” - Dan Chaon, Stay Awake
Daylight flooded the car deck as the ferry doors opened. I sat in my classic Mini, anticipating the long road ahead. Around us on the ferry, other teams were waiting to race off the ferry and attack the long drive to Mongolia. One of the cars started beeping its horn impatiently. Other rally cars joined in. Engines were revved, and the car deck echoed to the sounds of several dozen rally cars signalling their enthusiasm for the adventure which lay ahead.
The hairs on the back of my neck stood up as the noise grew louder, and the imminent adventure became real. I’d never done anything like an adventurous road trip before, and I had no idea where the experience would lead me. The future had arrived, and I knew life would never be the same again...