From Magadan to Lisbon
With the Touareg Eurasia Tour, Rainer Zietlow set his fourth long-distance world record together with his long-term team mate, photographer and cameraman Marius Biela, and the Russian journalist from Auto Mail.Ru, Petr Bakanov.
For this great transcontinental trip from Magadan, the easternmost city in Russia that can be reached by car, to Lisbon, the westernmost city in continental Europe, Rainer Zietlow once again chose the Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI. The car was equipped with a rollover cage, additional tanks, bigger tyres and stronger headlights.
The journey began in Magadan on July 1, 2016. The most difficult part were the first 3,000 kilometers, also known as the Road of Bones which is a bumpy gravel road, a challenge for man and machine – and only passable in the right weather conditions. The region around Moscow was another bottleneck with heavy traffic and lots of road work. After crossing Russia in less than five days, the team passed through Belarus, Poland, Germany, France and Spain.
After 6 days, 9 hours and a distance of 15145 kilometers through eleven time zones, Rainer Zietlow and his fellow drivers finally reached Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, on July 6.
Since 2005 Rainer Zietlow supports the aid organziation SOS Children’s Villages with each of his projects. This time he visited a Children’s Village close to Minsk, Belarus, and presented a donation of 10 euro cents for every kilometer driven.