10,000 kilometres. That is the distance ahead of us when the starting shot is fired in Oberstaufen, marking the beginning of our big adventure, the Allgäu-Orient Rally. Our destination: Daylan in Turkey. Our team:six friends from Bavaria, two women and four men. Our pride and joy: three Mercedes-Benz S 124 vehicles. We painted shark jaws on the wings so that no one mistakes us for someone else. We have a journey of almost three weeks ahead of us. At the end of it we achieve fourth place out of 70 teams, entirely without a GPS which, just like expensive or brand-new vehicles, is forbidden on this rally. On our journey we travel through Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Turkey and Georgia, making friends with new people and cultures at the same time as gathering some of the most wonderful memories ever.