21 September 2013

Last updated 18:00 BST.

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NEWS: More pictures from the Range Rover Hybrid Silk Trail expedition: Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

Channel delays: P&O 18:50 Calais-Dover delayed by 25min due to earlier tech issue. Dry dock 20-21.9 for Stena Britannica.

Weather alerts: Amber alert for fog Montenegro.

Weather: cloud/rain in the north but increasingly fine further south.

Traffic: see @DE_Traffic from 08:00 BST.

See Travel/Traffic/Weather for more.

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Range Rover Hybrid Silk Trail expedition. If we thought the pictures so far were pretty good,

Range Rover Hybrid Silk Trail expedition. The pictures so far have been pretty good, but as they pass the half way mark, travelling this week through Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, they are getting truly epic. We’ll post more through the day.

Temperatures have ranged from 17 to 43 degrees centigrade.

Temperatures have ranged from 17 to 43 degrees centigrade.

Range Rover says its Hybrid - which mates a three litre V6 diesel engine with a 35KW (47bhp) electric motor in parallel - has achieved over 40mpg on the highway sections.

Range Rover says its new Hybrid – which mates a three litre V6 diesel engine with a 35KW (47bhp) electric motor – has achieved over 40mpg on the highway sections.

To something more possibly like 40,000 gallons a mile.

To something probably more like 40,000 gallons a mile on the river sections.

The landscape of Kazakhstan (the same size as Western Europe) and Uzbekistan varies enormously. From over 400ft below sea level in the east to well over 20,000ft in the west, with desert, lowland and plateaus in between. And they are not even at the Himalayas yet.

The landscape of Kazakhstan (the same size as Western Europe) and Uzbekistan varies enormously. From over 400ft below sea level in the east to well over 20,000ft in the west, with desert, lowland and plateaus in between. And they are not even at the Himalayas yet.

The route takes them in an iverted S shape through south east Kazakhstan, between the Caspian and Aral Sea, before driving virtually the full length of Uzbekistan to Tashkent near the Kyrgyz border.

The route takes them in an inverted S through south east Kazakhstan, between the Caspian and Aral Seas, before driving virtually the full length of Uzbekistan. The final stop before the Kyrgyz border is Tashkent, a modern, industrial city of nearly 2m people.

Possibly the hardest part of the expedition is stepping out of the cosseting luxury of a Range Rover to spend the night in a tent.

Possibly the hardest part of the expedition is stepping out of the cosseting luxury of a Range Rover to spend the night in a tent.

For more on the Silk Trail expedition click here.

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