To travel through the USA and Canada might not
sound like much of a challenge, but when you're faced by plummeting
temperatures of minus 40C and hazardous driving conditions - there's
still plenty of scope for adventure.
Diary update: 07/03/04
It must have been around three
when I crossed the Arizona state line. I pulled into a campsite
just as the sun set, made dinner and had a welcome shower.
So officially this is the end of the line.
Read the latest from Sarah's trip.
35-year-old Sarah Turner from Hingham, plans to
tackle her 10,000 mile drive the hard-way. "I
tried to find something I could do on my own out in the wilds, but
not be silly about it," she said.
"There aren't many places in the world that
are really that safe to take yourself and you know it's not going
to be the rescue parties that will become the hero if you've got
An experienced off-road driver, Sarah will travel
from the frozen wastes of Canada to the searing heat of the Arizona
Desert, without the comfort of a support crew or back-up vehicle.
The main trip will start in Fairbanks, Alaska -
but Sarah must first drive the vehicle from its arrival point in
Seattle - a 1500km drive through the Coastal Mountains of British
Travelling the Alaskan Highway to the Canadian
Border where a detour turns north up the Dempster Highway to join
the frozen Mackenzie River for 200km to the Arctic Ocean.
Returning to the Alaskan Highway the route will
follow the line of the Rockies from Summit Lake, North West Territories,
Canada to Arizona, using as many trails and unsurfaced roads as
possible before turning east to ship home from Galveston, Texas.
"The plan is to drive from dawn to dusk, which
I hope to be about 500 miles a day. Having said that, if I get caught
in a blizzard I might only go three yards," said Turner.
"If all goes to plan it'll take about six
weeks, but if I get snowed in I could be there for sometime!
"I think the Dempster Highway with be the
most challenging part of the trip.
The most northern part of the route is 200km up
the Mackenzie River delta. It freezes and
they turn it into an ice-road. It's not something I have any experience
of driving," she admitted.
Miss Turner is a member of WOMAC (Women On the
Move Against Cancer), an organisation founded by women from the
motor industry. WOMAC's chosen charity for 2004 is Marie Curie Cancer
Care and Sarah hopes to raise around £3000 for the charity
from her roadtrip.
"It will be a steep learning curve,"
"I cannot afford to damage the vehicle due
to driver error. Breaking down in the wilderness
in temperatures of -40C is not an option.
"Doing it on my own does make it difficult,
but at least I can't fall out with anybody." [laughs]
from a roadtrip
Catch up with the latest in Sarah's adventures in her diary.
Hear what she's been saying to BBC Radio Norfolk.
from a roadtrip
Get the feel of life on the road with Sarah
with pictures from her trip sent back via satellite.
- Arizona route map
How is Sarah doing? Watch her progress on
the route map as she drives her 10,000 miles challenge.
Send Sarah your messages of support throughout
her adventures across Canada and the USA.
Enjoy the stunning Canadian photographs
from Sarah's trip as you desktop wallpaper.
Throughout her trip, Sarah Turner is a guest of
BBC Radio Norfolk's Drivelive with Chris Goreham on Tuesday evening's
In Norfolk, UK - you can listen on 95.1 & 104.4