According to Russian Railways President Vladimir Yakunin, the dream of a massive highway connecting Alaska’s westernmost border with Russia’s easternmost could soon be a reality. As of March, the project has officially been named the “Trans-Eurasian Belt Development” (TEPR). We’re talking 12,519 miles of road. Let’s just hope gas prices stay reasonable.
The proposed mega-road trip route would begin in New York City and cross the U.S. with stops at Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania, Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio, Lake Michigan in Indiana, Chicago, Minneapolis and then through North Dakota where it will cross over into Saskatchewan and then hit Calgary, Banff National Park, and Edmonton in Alberta, Northern Rocky Mountains Provincial park in British Columbia and Kluane National Park in the Yukon. Then the route would enter Alaska. At this point, your road trip would have already racked up over 4,000 miles, and would take about 3 days of straight driving. But, c’mon how could you NOT stop at Banff National Park?!
Once the route hits Alaska, this is where the proposed road construction would begin. The TEPR would need to build 520 miles of road through Alaska, which would take a road tripper about 8 hours to drive across. You would then drive through a 55-mile long tunnel, which would take about an hour to go through. Then, you enter Russia. And that’s where the real fun starts.
According to The Plaid Zebra:
“Once in Russia, the longest stretch of the road trip is still ahead. Russia, being the largest country in the world, stretches about 6,200 miles. The route goes through the popular cities in Russia including its capitol, Moscow, taking a little over four days to complete. The rest of the European countries are significantly shorter than Russia, with only about 1,500 miles left which would be approximately one full day of driving. The route passes through the following six European countries: Belarus, Poland, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Finally, after reaching the English Channel at the northwest corner of France, the route crosses over into the UK and reaches the final destination of London. That’s a grand total of 12,519 miles and almost nine days of driving straight, not to mention all of the incredible stops along the way.”
So, there you have it, Planet Earth’s most epic mega-road trip. Allegedly the plan will cost upwards in the trillions of dollars range. But, what makes this so appealing to Russia is the prospect of a major mega-highway, which will connect America with Russia. Think about all the McDonalds and gas stations, and tourist dollars! In other news, I’m not going to go watch Rocky IV, and daydream once more about a boxing match between Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren (swoon!). So much sweat. So much Eye of the Tiger. But, I digress…
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