Russian Drivers Travel All the Way from Moscow to Bali in Soviet Volgas

PHOTO by Expedition "Vostok"

Members of the Russian Sunrise expedition, who left Moscow driving two Soviet GAZ-24 Volga cars, reached the final destination of their route – the Indonesian island of Bali.

This was reported in the travellers’ press release which Lenta.ru received on Friday, Jan. 27.

The group of six young people covered over 22,000 kilometres in 114 days. They crossed over the territories of nine different countries, including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Thailand and others.

Their itinerary included dozens of mountain passes and three ocean crossings. In Bali, the Russians held a concert. In March, they will return to Moscow, where they will also put on a show.

Alexander Kolesnikov, a member of the expedition, said that the Volga cars handled the load surprisingly well. According to him, the preparation of the cars was completed only a few hours before the start of the expedition.

“As a matter of fact, we left on untested cars,” he explained. He added that the gearbox in one of the cars broke during the expedition, but it all ended well.

The Sunrise expedition was launched in early October 2016. The aim of the project was to create a documentary about independent musicians and street artists in South-East Asia.

In December, it was reported that the travellers had conquered one of the world’s highest roads (over 5,000 metres high), located in northwest China.