Last we knew, the German Jeep Expedition from Paris to NY (the long way) had gotten slowed to halt by this year’s particularly ferocious Siberian Winter. Now it looks like, by the time they reach it, they will be unable to cross the frozen Bering Straight between Russia and Alaska. From Off-Road.com:
“Off-Road.com picked up the Paris-New York Expedition in late February when they had just reached Russia. We were anticipating that the team would be crossing into Alaska in early April. On paper it looked good, but as the days progressed and Mother Nature took her toll—the journey proved to be much more challenging than imagined. Our dreams to greet the team in Alaska soon slipped through the sands of time. Due to extreme snowstorms and numerous mechanical failures in Siberia, the team was delayed over one month. This decreased the chances of them crossing the frozen Bering Strait and the western coast of Alaska during winter. The team will now have to wait until fall/ winter 2009/2010 to pick up in Egvekinot, Russia where the team made its last stop.”
Hats off to Matthias Jeschke and the crew from Extrem Events for chasing down such a great adventure in an age where there isn’t much of that kind of thing left. (Not to mention in a Jeep). Good on ‘ya boys.