After nearly 40,000 km (25,855 miles) of driving from her home town in Holland in a tractor, a Dutch actress is just days away from reaching the South Pole. Tara Cleary reports.
Dutch actress Manon Ossevoort is driving to the South Pole … in a tractor. An ambitious endeavour...but a puzzling choice of vehicle,... which has everyone asking: 'Why?' SOUNDBITE: Manon Ossevoort, main expedition driver, saying (English): "The tractor really symbolizes this down-to-earth farmer's fact and wisdom that if you really want to do something, maybe you're not so fast but if you keep going you'll get there and keep your sense of humor alive." The final leg of Ossevoort's trip, from a Russian airbase to the Pole and back, is the most treacherous: there are large cracks in the ice, often hidden from view by snow, frozen ice "waves" and temperatures as low as minus 56 degrees Celsius, or minus 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Reaching the South Pole will conclude the former stage actress' odyssey. The first leg of the trip saw her successfully drive from the Netherlands to the southern tip of Africa. SOUNDBITE: Manon Ossevoort, main expedition driver, saying (English): "It's always been my hope that people could follow this adventure of a girl on a tractor through Europe, Africa, and then all the way to the South Pole, and maybe at some point be inspired by it." Ossevoort is still about three thousand miles away from completing her expedition.