We got proper stuck by a salt lake in Iran. A local tried to pull us out, only to get his car stuck as well. First tractor could get him out, but not us. Ended up getting a bigger tractor which essentially lifted us out.. Took about 4 hours in total.
Here's a pic:
Any chance you got more to put in an album?
Here's  a mish-mash of my favourite pictures from the rally, roughly in chronological order - from prep all the way to the finish. And here's the map of the route we did . Nearly a year after finish, I still haven't finished writing up the whole trip though.
TIL it isn't always true that "К Жигулям — литые диски!" What was the truck with the jet-like thing on the bed? Did you ever see the mongolian stick/rope thing being used to catch cattle, or just to drive them?
A storm was approaching from the direction that we came. I was counting the time between the rumbles of thunder and the strikes of lightning. It was about 5-10 seconds, which was close enough for me to rush back into the car after getting a couple of nice pictures.
My girlfriend and I parked our car toward the storm and watched for about 10 minutes. About half a mile back the way we came, we saw lightning strike the middle of the flats. It must have vaporized some of the mud / salt on the ground because there was a clear line of smoke coming up from that part of the ground. I was surprised that it struck a completely flat part, rather than our metal SUV, since we were definitely the tallest things around.
I insisted that we drive back, because despite knowing that we'd be relatively safe in a car, I wasn't looking to experience an electrical fire or, at a minimum, the worst jump-scare of my life. As I drove back to the parking lot, what shocked me the most was seeing people still out taking pictures back near the parking lot from which we came. The lightning strike occurred between our car and the people out taking photos, which means they were easily in striking distance. I was honestly scared I would witness someone get struck - these are salt _flats_ - anyone out taking photos is the tallest thing in the area for several miles.
Given that a lightning bolt is anywhere from about 1-20km long, the ~1.5 - 2m height differential of your vehicle is background noise.
I wouldn't bet my life against those natural shortest path algorithms ...
Perhaps my favorite story was of the motorcycle he used to break 200mph on the saltflats. Some called it the high speed ditch witch.
It had no fairing, making drag a night insurmountable obstacle. Adding more power just meant it would start digging deeper into the salt, and leave a ditch behind it as it went.
My mom's favorite story was about the time a powerful wind blew over a portapotty, knocking it onto the door, trapping the occupant inside.
Awesome movie and still speaks to me about the real reason why I thought motorsports was the best thin back then in my Life.
As we were leaving I decided to drive around it a bit where I saw a bunch of other tracks had made circles in the salt. My mother got nervous when she saw what I was doing and started yelling "STOP! STOP!", so I did... Wrong move! While I had been moving, our speed and fresh salt had been holding us up, and when I stopped we immediately sank up to our axles like the motorhome here.
When the wrecker came they didn't want to come off the road at all. They had to leave and come back with a much longer cable. It took a few hours, but we managed to escape and finish our trip with no other major problems :)
What was the outcome? Were all the vehicles able to be pulled out?
Usually this kind of thing turns into lots of work with beer and shovels or someone rents a tracked skid steer (depending on the financial inclination of those involved).
In this case tow company added a 3rd wrecker to the mix since they had to get their own trucks out.
I just recall reading that at Burning Man for example, lighting a fire on the playa gets you a fine for permanently scarring the landscape. So, in this case, a truck leaving a 2 foot gash in the salt -- is that not something that carries a penalty?