Around The World in 70 Days

Land Rover Rus­sia’s 70,000km round-the-world ex­pe­di­tion ends back in Moscow

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Led by travel blog­ger Sergey Dolya, the un­for­get­table trip lasted 70 days tak­ing in 22 coun­tries on six con­ti­nents. In to­tal the crews passed through 100 ci­ties, trav­el­ling 70,000km across the globe in a con­voy led by Land Rover Dis­cov­ery SUVS. The route met the in­ter­na­tional stan­dards of a com­plete cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion: it started and ended in the same place and passed two an­tipodes – ge­o­graphic points on ex­actly op­po­site sides of the globe.

Start­ing in Moscow, the ex­pe­di­tion drove across Rus­sia. The crews vis­ited Che­bok­sary, Ufa, Kur­gan, Omsk, Novosi­birsk, Kras­no­yarsk, Irkutsk and Ulan-ude, and then, more than 6,000km later, turned to­wards Mon­go­lia. Af­ter three weeks they reached the first an­tipode, the city of En­shi in China, where they planted a Land Rover flag.

The 11,000km Asia leg was com­pleted in Laos, Thai­land and fi­nally Sin­ga­pore,

from where the crew flew to Aus­tralia. One week and 3,000km later, they headed for South Amer­ica, where they reached the sec­ond an­tipode near the city of La Ser­ena in Chile. Week eight was spent in the USA, driv­ing from coast to coast through 11 states and nine ci­ties, be­fore cross­ing the At­lantic Ocean to Africa. They reached Europe through Morocco and Gi­bral­tar for the fi­nal week. They re­turned to their start­ing point in Moscow on 15th Au­gust af­ter 70,000km.

Sergey Dolya, leader of the ex­pe­di­tion said, “Dur­ing the 70 days we tried de­li­cious lo­cal cui­sine from all over the planet, swam in two oceans, en­coun­tered ele­phants, mon­keys and kan­ga­roos, and met lots of Land Rover fans. Some of them gave us gifts and ev­ery­one took pho­tos. All this was made pos­si­ble by Land Rover, and each mem­ber of our team ap­pre­ci­ates that ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence we've col­lected through this jour­ney.”

The Land Rover Dis­cov­ery was the main ve­hi­cle of the project. Sergey added, “The Dis­cov­ery's en­hanced off-road ca­pa­bil­i­ties, ver­sa­til­ity, cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies and the high­est level of com­fort helped us cross deserts and rivers, tackle rocky moun­tain roads, thick jun­gles and dirt paths – and just en­joy as­phalt high­ways.”

The 70,000km jour­ney com­prised 36,000km of driv­ing and 34,000km in the air. The crews made 169 fuel stops in 500 hours be­hind the wheel. Fuel for the crews in­cluded 500 litres of cof­fee, 360 burg­ers and 130 milk­shakes.

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