Travel From New York To London —- The Long Way Round

I would like to go from New York City to London. By car. Before the end of my life, I would like to drive from New York City to Alaska and go through the AmerAsian Peace Tunnel across the Bering Strait, connecting the United States with Russia. From there, I plan to drive south along the trans Siberia highway and cross under the bay from Siberia to the Sakhalin Island (Russia), which is known for its natural beauty and enormous mineral and gas reserves. From Sakhalin, I will drive to Japan, via the Sakhalin-Hokkaido Friendship Tunnel and then to the main Japanese island of Honshu through the 33.5 mile / 50km long Seikan ocean tunnel (built in 1988), and on to Tokyo. From there I plan to go to southern Honshu and cross over the (existing) bridge to the southern Japanese island of Kyushu and from there, through the Korean-Japan Friendship Tunnel. Going through the open borders of the Korea’s, I plan to than drive through China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Israel, Egypt and all of north Africa to Morocco, where I plan to drive through the EurAfrican Friendship Tunnel, ending in the southern tip of Spain, just south of Gibraltar. From there, I plan drive north to France and finally to England, via the 31.3 mile long “Chunnel”, which has a special train to carry automobiles under the English Channel. I want to do this, in complete safety, through limited or open borders”. I admit that in today’s world, what I have just described seems utterly inconceivable; perhaps the unattainable dream of an idealist. On the other hand, consider that in 1939, the thought of a completely open Europe, without borders, would also have seemed totally impossible. In August, 1989, who would have dreamed that in just one month, the borders between “east” and “west” Germany would be gone forever? Yet what seemed impossible is reality today. The Trans Global Highway can and will eventually be constructed, in one form or the other. Hopes for Bering Strait tunnel linking Russia and Alaska revived. An idea first mulled in the czarist era – a tunnel under the Bering Strait – is being revived as part of an ambitious project to build a 3,700-mile transport corridor linking Russia with Alaska. Billed by backers as the key to developing Russia’s Far East – remote and sparsely populated but rich in energy and minerals – the $65 billion project will be the focus of a conference in Moscow on Tuesday, organizers said in a statement this week. “The project would give Russia’s East the chance to become a leading industrial region of the country and one of the most important transit hubs of the world economy,” said the statement, which bore the logos of Russia’s pipeline monopoly Transneft, electricity utility RAO United Energy Systems and the Trade Ministry, among others. In addition to a rail and road link from Yakutsk in Siberia through Anadyr in extreme northeastern Russia and across the strait to Alaska, the transport corridor would include oil-and-gas pipelines, power lines and fiberoptic cables. The tunnel, which would take 15-20 years to build, would be the longest in the world, it said. The Bering Strait is about 50 miles wide at its narrowest; it was unclear where the tunnel might be located. Awash with cash from its oil and gas exports, the Russian government is starting to pump money into projects aimed at overhauling the country’s rusting and underdeveloped infrastructure, which is holding back further economic growth. There is some sign that the link has a degree of traction with Russia’s government. Due to speak at Tuesday’s conference – titled “Megaprojects of Russia’s East” – are presidential economic adviser Arkady Dvorkovich and the head of Russia’s rail monopoly, Vladimir Yakunin, considered to be close to President Vladimir Putin. Former Alaska Governor Walter Hickel will also be participating. The organizers plan to sign a letter to the heads of government in Russia, the U.S. and Canada calling for an intergovernmental agreement to implement the project. “Russia needs a breakthrough national project capable of taking the country to the same level of geopolitical influence and might as the world leaders,” the statement said. Russia Plans to Create A Bering Strait Tunnel. It was more than a century ago that a French engineer first came up with the idea of building a tunnel under the Bering Strait. Russian officials expressed optimism Wednesday that the task could be accomplished in just two decades. The building of a railroad link from Russia to North America may cost $55 billion to $67 billion, Viktor Razbegin, deputy head of industrial research at the Economic Development and Trade Ministry, said at a news conference Wednesday. Tunnel Between Russia And America. For more than a century, entrepreneurs and engineers have dreamed of building a tunnel connecting the eastern and western hemispheres under the Bering Strait – only to be brought up short by war, revolution and politics. Now die-hard supporters are renewing their push for the audacious plan – a $65 billion highway project that would link two of the world’s most inhospitable regions by burrowing under a stretch of water connecting the Pacific with the Arctic ocean. Russians and Americans alike made their pitch for the project at a conference titled “Megaprojects of Russia’s East,” held April 24 in Moscow. “It’s time to the rewrite the old slogan ‘Workers of the world unite!'” said Walter Hickel, a former Alaska governor and interior secretary under President Richard Nixon. “It’s time to proclaim, ‘Workers – Unite the world!'” A Russian economics ministry official tossed cold water on the idea, saying he wanted to know who planned to pay the mammoth bill for the project before seriously discussing it. But Hickel was unfazed in his speech, saying the route would unlock hitherto untapped natural resources – and bolster the economies of both Alaska and Russia’s Far East. The proposed 68-mi. (109 km) tunnel would be the longest in the world. It would also be the linchpin for a 3,700-mi. (5,954 km) railroad line stretching from Yakutsk – the capital of a gold- and mineral-rich Siberian region roughly the size of India – through extreme northeastern Russia, in waters up to 180 ft. deep and into the western coast of Alaska. Winter temperatures there routinely hit minus 94 F. By comparison, the undersea tunnel that is currently the world’s longest – the Chunnel, linking Britain and France – is only 30 mi. long. That raises the prospect of some tantalizingly exotic routes – train riders could catch the London-Moscow-Washington express, conference organizers suggested. Lobbyists claimed the project is guaranteed to turn a profit after 30 years. As crews construct the road and rail link, they said, the workers would also build oil and gas pipelines and lay electricity and fiber-optic cables. Trains would whisk cargos at up to 60 mph 260 ft. (79 m) beneath the seabed. Hopes for Bering Strait tunnel linking Russia and Alaska revived. An idea first mulled in the czarist era – a tunnel under the Bering Strait – is being revived as part of an ambitious project to build a 3,700-mile transport corridor linking Russia with Alaska. Billed by backers as the key to developing Russia’s Far East – remote and sparsely populated but rich in energy and minerals – the $65 billion project will be the focus of a conference in Moscow on Tuesday, organizers said in a statement this week. “The project would give Russia’s East the chance to become a leading industrial region of the country and one of the most important transit hubs of the world economy,” said the statement, which bore the logos of Russia’s pipeline monopoly Transneft, electricity utility RAO United Energy Systems and the Trade Ministry, among others. In addition to a rail and road link from Yakutsk in Siberia through Anadyr in extreme northeastern Russia and across the strait to Alaska, the transport corridor would include oil-and-gas pipelines, power lines and fiberoptic cables. The tunnel, which would take 15-20 years to build, would be the longest in the world, it said. The Bering Strait is about 50 miles wide at its narrowest; it was unclear where the tunnel might be located. Awash with cash from its oil and gas exports, the Russian government is starting to pump money into projects aimed at overhauling the country’s rusting and underdeveloped infrastructure, which is holding back further economic growth. There is some sign that the link has a degree of traction with Russia’s government. Due to speak at Tuesday’s conference – titled “Megaprojects of Russia’s East” – are presidential economic adviser Arkady Dvorkovich and the head of Russia’s rail monopoly, Vladimir Yakunin, considered to be close to President Vladimir Putin. Former Alaska Governor Walter Hickel will also be participating. The organizers plan to sign a letter to the heads of government in Russia, the U.S. and Canada calling for an intergovernmental agreement to implement the project. “Russia needs a breakthrough national project capable of taking the country to the same level of geopolitical influence and might as the world leaders,” the statement said. (())

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