Watch Tractor Girl Reach the South Pole After 1,550 Mile Trek
Her name is Manon Osservoort, but she's become known as Tractor Girl for her successful attempt to drive in a tractor from Novo Base in Russia to the South Pole. She covered 1,550 miles on her journey as a part of the Antarctica2 expedition. She had some company on her trip, which included a mother-daughter team from Canada, a French mechanic, a videographer, a logistics coordinator from the UK, and the drivers of the group's two Toyota pickup service cars. As you'd expect, Osservoort's tractor wasn't what you'd find on a farm but one designed to handle the bitter cold conditions. RELATED: See the 2014 Jeep Polar Edition
Sir Edmund Hillary first completed this trek back in 1958 using Ferguson TE20 tractors. Osservoort used an MF 5610 fitted with several trailers to carry extra fuel and spare tires. There aren't any garages where you can stop and fix a flat on this journey.
It took 16 days to make the drive in what proved to be extreme conditions even for the Antarctic. They started out driving at a brisk 6 mph, but the weather forced them down to a crawl at just .5 mph for much of the trip. After leaving Novo Base on Nov. 22, the engines ran practically non-stop throughout the journey to safely deliver the whole team to the South Pole.
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