The Journey of Discovery passes the halfway point
Ever onward for the Journey of Discovery as it travelled from Moscow to Kazakhstan and into Uzbekistan, surpassing the halfway point of this remarkable 8,000 mile journey from Birmingham to Beijing. Follow the Journey on our interactive map and read on to find out more about the Journey’s latest highlights.
Moscow to Volgograd, Russia
Leaving the urban sprawl of Moscow behind, the Land Rover Discoverys visited Volgograd. This industrial city in Russia is a special place for Land Rover as it is twinned with Coventry, a town very close to Land Rover’s home. A quick relaxation in a traditional sauna helped invigorate the team at the 5,000 mile point of their journey.
Crossing the border into Kazakhstan
This leg of the journey really demonstrated the Land Rover Discovery’s capabilities on rocky roads and through the remote desert landscape. Check out the pictures below to see what happened as the Journey of Discovery fundraiser team hit the rough stuff.
On the way to Uzbekistan, when faced with lorry queues, the team decided that skipping the queue by going off road would the quickest (and most fun) way to make progress.
Aral Sea and Nukus, Uzbekistan
The off-road driving continued around rusting ships in the receding, dried up Aral Sea giving the Journey of Discovery team an opportunity to spend time with some unique fishermen. Following a stint rolling over rugged desert plains, a comfortable ride on tarmac took the Land Rover Discovery vehicles to Nukus for an insight into Uzbek art.
Muynak to Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Heading through the spectacular fortified mud walls of Khival, the Journey of Discovery continued on its journey towards Beijing. Travelling through Bukhara, along the historic Spice Route, the Land Rover Discovery vehicles got the chance to sample Uzbekistani architecture and culture.
A brief pause from travelling along the Silk Road allows the convoy to take in the view of one of Bukhara’s 300 mosques in all its glory.
From challenging terrain to extreme weather, lightning struck as the four Land Rover Discovery vehicles arrive in Tashkent.
After a traversing the rugged roads through Uzbekistan, the vehicles returned to the tarmac for a stop-off in Tashkent. Similarly, after many days of looking at desert the wide, open grasslands were a welcome backdrop for the Journey of Discovery.
As the vehicles reached the border of Kazakhstan, they were subjected to an unlikely to be repeated x-ray – of all four Land Rover Discoverys!
Watch the Journey of Discovery team as they travel off road near the border of Uzbekistan in the video below:
With over 6,000 miles under their belts and more than 25 days between their current location and their Birmingham starting point, the Journey of Discovery is now blazing a trail towards their final destination of Beijing.
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