January 1st, 2007

This article reminds me of Team Ramrod and the Mongolia Rally, which rmd mentioned.

From http://www.exile.ru/2006-December-15/federal_ministry_of_transportation.html:
The National Project Programs of the Russian Federation presents the fruits of the development of the most recent project to build modern overland transportation road link, upgrading highway that leads from Lisbon to Vladivostok.

We are proud to say our upgraded highway is using all newest engineering technology to ensure fast overland accesibility and safety.

After expenditures of US $3 billion dollars, Europe and Asia are linked as never before.
The photos are priceless. For example:

Yes, the traffic looks bad now. But thanks to hi-technology mud, the Trans-Siberian Magistral cut traffic from 9 months to 8-1/2 months.