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08/18/2005 Send-off ceremony hosted by Kia Motors Sweden
08/18/2005 Send-off ceremony hosted by Kia Motors Sweden
Following a send-off ceremony hosted by Kia Motors Sweden, during which Mr. Gerlach met with major Kia dealers in Stockholm and was presented with a symbolic good luck gift (a compass set for Korea - the midway point of the journey), Mr. Gerlach bid farewell in front of Stockholm Royal Palace. Mr. Gerlach left Sweden on Thursday morning (8/18) and is now on the ferry to Germany.


08/22/2005 Eastern Poland and Ukraine
08/22/2005 Eastern Poland and Ukraine
Continuing on after a stopover in Germany, Mr. Gerlach passed through Zabrze, eastern Poland;, Lviv, eastern Ukraine; and Kiev, Ukraine.
In the Ukraine Christer met Jura, Igor and Oxana who work for the Swedish company Q8, and got help from them at the border. It took only 3.5 hours instead of the normal 6 hours to pass the border.
In Kiev, he describes his route as a mixture of primitive highway and village street, and send us this photo of an enormous monument that is a remnant from the Soviet Union days.

08/24/2005 En route to Poltava
08/24/2005 En route to Poltava
Ukraine
Largest tv-station, channel 5 in Kiev, ran several items at prime time with good exposure of the car.
Largest motoring magazine, Auto-Center, carried out extended interview and is planning to publish this in two parts.
Sweden
So far, three Swedish radio stations and one motoring magazine have conducted interviews.

Way ahead¡¦
Christer is on his way to Poltava and plans to cross the border into Russia at Volgograd on Friday. The photo shows car/driver in front of the cathedral of St Sofia in Kiev.


08/26/2005 Remembering Peter the Great in Poltova
08/26/2005 Remembering Peter the Great in Poltova
From Kiev, Christer drove to Poltava and set his feet on the ground where Tsar Peter the Great fought the historic nine-year battle 300 years ago and the Swedish king Karl XII died. The loss represented the end of Sweden's great power era for the period. Following a bit of a nostalgic climb onto the battlefield were his ancestors rest, Christer and the Sorento met a "Swedish" elk nearby (see photo).



09/01/2005 The road conditions are very bad
09/01/2005 The road conditions are very bad
Despite extremely poor road conditions, Christer reports that the Sorento is managing very well. Driving time is double; in fact, one 47-mile stretch of the route took 11 hours. The Sorento's big wheels are a must for successful climbing down and up from road holes. Most of the time the car is complete white of dust. But, Christer says that the holes are perfect when it's raining since the car benefits from a much needed car wash.
Given these circumstances, Christer thinks it will take him 4-6 days to reach Alma Ata in Kazakhstan.

But there is one thing for sure -- the big adventure has started!

The photo is of an almost clean Sorento and a local woman in the village Zhumpity in western Kazakhstan.

Christer and the Sorento have now covered 5,300 km and he reports overall fuel consumption of 1.1 litres per 10 kilometres (25.87 mpg).


09/09/2005 Halfway to Korea and only one minor setback!
09/09/2005 Halfway to Korea and only one minor setback!
Christer Gerlach and the Sorento are now half way to Korea and are in Almata, southern Kazakhstan. The car is functioning very well despite the fact that the roads are still in very, very bad condition.
There was, however, one little mishap - a tire puncture. The tire was repaired in Qyzylorda for the enormous amount of 3.71 Euro, which was probably double the local cost.

On the road outside Chimkent a camel crowd blocked the road. It took some time to pass but he and the car succeeded and later showed up on Chimkent TV.

The photos are of a coffee bar along the road in western Kazakhstan, the repair shop, and the camel crowd.







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