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Land Rover convoy does the world in 70 days (V)

  • Convoy led by travel blogger Sergey Dolva
  • Discovery SUVs lead through deserts, rivers and jungles
  • 500 hours’ travel across 22 countries, six continents
HEADING AROUND THE WORLD: The Land Rover expedition on its way across a river in Thailand. Image: Land Rover
HEADING AROUND THE WORLD: The Land Rover expedition on its way across a river in Thailand. Image: Land Rover

PRETORIA, Gauteng – Land Rover Russia has returned to base in Moscow after circumnavigating Earth on an expedition led by travel blogger Sergey Dolya in 70 days and through 22 countries on six continents.

The convoy also passed through 100 cities during the 70 000km trip that was led by a Land Rover Discovery SUV and passed through two antipodes – geographic points on opposite sides of the planet.

The expedition drove across Russia from the start in Moscow and after three weeks and more than 6000km reached the first antipode, the city of Enshi in China, where they planted a Land Rover flag.

11 STATES, NINE CITIES, IN US

The 1000km Asia leg was completed in Laos (Thailand) and finally Singapore, from where the crews flew to Australia. One week and 3000km later they headed for South America, where they reached the second antipode near La Serena city in Chile.

Week eight was spent crossing the USA, coast to coast through 11 states and nine cities, before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Africa. They reached Europe through Morocco and Gibraltar during the final week, reaching the start point on August 15 2018.

WATCH the journey video here

Expedition leader Dolya told Carman’s Corner in a media communication: “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.

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”Some of them gave us gifts, everybody took photos, and it was all made possible by Land Rover. Each member of the team appreciates the extensive experience collected through this journey.”

The Land Rover Discovery was the main vehicle of the project. Sergey said: “Its enhanced off-road capability, versatility, cutting-edge technology and the highest level of comfort helped us cross deserts and rivers, tackle rocky mountain roads, thick jungle and dirt paths – and just enjoy asphalt highways.”

HOW THE DISTANCE RACKED UP…

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

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