From Here to Mongolia, Blue Hill Potter Preparing for 10,000-mile Europe-to-Asia Trek



BLUE HILL — It’s not your typical summer getaway, but Blue Hill potter Keith Herklotz is eagerly anticipating his drive from London to the capital of Mongolia next month.

Blue Hill potter Keith Herklotz poses with the 2000 Hyundai Accent that he and Beth Whalon of Litchfield will drive from London to Ulan Bator in Mongolia as they raise money for charity in next month’s Mongol Rally 2009. JAMES STRAUB PHOTO

BLUE HILL — It’s not your typical summer getaway, but Blue Hill potter Keith Herklotz is eagerly anticipating his drive from London to the capital of Mongolia next month.

“It’s like driving from Maine to California and back, and then back to California,” Herklotz said of Mongol Rally 2009, a 10,000-mile trek that he and Beth Whalon of Litchfield are preparing to take in a 2000 Hyundai Accent.

Self-dubbed the Maniacs, Herklotz and Whalon will join more than 450 other two-person teams from around the globe in the sixth annual Mongol Rally, which was started by two bored British guys who decided to drive a wee car to Mongolia for the fun of it.

Herklotz said the lads failed to accomplish the initial trek, but their effort caught the attention of friends who thought it was a great idea and challenged them to a race across the same route the following year. At stake was a wager of 1,000 British pounds. The money would be given to charity.

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