The ROAD to VLADIVOSTOK (Where ?): From Hamburg via the Balkans, Turkey, over the Caspian Sea through a few Stans, Mongolia and Russia.

Departure date : POSTPONED til 17 JULY 2021 Return : Perhaps ! but should be end of September by plane either in a seat or a coffin.

Where are we going to go ? This we do not really know, but our initial planning is to start from Hamburg with every one else cos that’s where they give out the roadbook and various other bits of information including most importantly the whereabouts of the parties along the road. We will then go down through Germany (obviously), Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria (We are banking on the « Leaving Europe » party being in Bulgaria overlooking the Black Sea). Then over the Bosphorus by ferry, no bridges for us, then Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and then another ferry across the Caspian Sea from Baku to Turkmenbashi. Apparently it is impossible to know when and where the ferry leaves or even how long it takes, so that is a big unknown, amongst others.

We are not going through Iran as they will not let us in with a luxury car and also we have a 6 litre engine and they put a limit of 2.5 litres. And they don’t like former Britons too much. This is extremely unsporting of them.

If our ferry manages to get across the Caspian Sea we should arrive in Turkmenistan and onward through Uzbekistan (Tashkent and Samarkand), Kazakstan, Russia, Mongolia and Russia (Siberia) again. These last few countries actually represent the longest part of the trip and will really test the Bentley’s suspension but no doubt there will be some likely lad around who will know what to do about it.

We will probably buy a tent and some of the necessities of camping, but our intention is to use hotels along the way. This should then be the the subject of a separate report or possibly series of complaints !

The whole trip should take about 2 months or less. It is not a race but we are supposed to arrive before the end of September. If we are having too much of a good time we may take longer.