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Hey, U.K to America with a car, is it possible?

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1. Posted by endorphin (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Hi, i'm looking to purchase some recording equipment for my band. If i get it from america it saves me a few 'bucks' as such hehe. Is it
possible? I dont think there are ferrys as it would take days, i dont think you can take cars on planes ( im not very well travelled as you can tell! ) plus i'd rather not go on a plane as im terrified. So by road? whats the best way to do it? Ideally i'd like to go to new york. Thanks, Steve x

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 9y

You can ship your car between the UK and US, although it will cost you money.
And for the 'by road' question: are you serious? Have you ever looked at a world map? But if you really want it: wait untill winter when the Bering Strait is frozen, I am sure it's as easy as driving the M1;)

3. Posted by O-Stalker (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

I agree with Utrecht: You can't be serious about going to the States by car - at least not in order to save money on shipping costs. Basically, go through the tunnel to mainland Europe and then head east. After that, head further east and then some. :-p Then after crossing all of Russia, ferry across the Bering Straight to Alaska. Then go a few thousand miles south until you hit the U.S. border. Then another few thousand miles east and voilà: you're in the big apple already! ;-)

You should plan for at least one month each way - and that's without taking any rests along the way. Of course, then you'll have to make the same way back. Might as well take the South-East Asian route for a change of scenery. I recently spoke with someone who frequently goes to Pakistan by car (via Iran). Not sure I'd want to do that myself though....

4. Posted by FraserM (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

Why don't you fly?

Flights to the US from the UK are so cheap these days. Especially New York. You can fly to New York from Edinburgh for £179 Return!!!

As for driving to the US...........

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 9y

O-stalker, is there a ferry across the Bering Strait?

6. Posted by O-Stalker (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

:) Utrecht, actually, as far as I know, there isn't a regular ferry service. :-p You might be able to put the car in a container in Anadyr and then ship it over to some northern American city. But I don't want to even think about the costs associated with that...

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 30, 2007, at 1:43 AM by O-Stalker ]

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 9y

Thanks O-stalker. Pitty, it would be some kinda challenge to complete that route. I've seen a docu some years ago about plans of building a bridge over there. But it still seems almost impossible because of the ice which is present over 9 months of the year. And then again: who needs a bridge when there are almost no cars between russia and alaska.
Nice part of the world!

8. Posted by O-Stalker (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

There were even some (wild) thoughts about building a tunnel. But you are absolutely right: there are hardly any roads connecting that part of the world. It would be a bridge into nothing.

I've been dreaming about this for a while: Buy a Land Rover Defender, get the essentials packed in the back and then drive east around the world. But there are still some hurdles like the one above to be overcome. ;-)

9. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 9y

A knotty problem but not insurmountable.
Ferry the car from England to Norway.
Drive north to Tromso.
Ferry the car from Tromso to Svalbard.
Have caterpillar tracks put on the car.
Strip out all the useless weight and have it warmly insulated.
Insert GPS system, radio, homing device and large fuel tank filled to the gunwales.
Wait for winter then drive WNW over the Arctic ice to far northern Greenland.
Have helo drop fuel bladder at your location.
Pump fuel from bladder to internal fuel tank and REST!!!
Head WSW for 30 days till GPS show you due north of Victoria Island (fuel drops mandatory).
Point the old girl due south and keep going for 30 days till you reach Churchill.
Now comes the hard part.
Is there a sealed road out of Churchill leading to civilisation?

Actually, take a video camera and film the while thing then flog it to the Discovery Channel and write a best-selling book about the trip.

Eccentric Brits have done stranger things. What about Tony Bullimore and his disaster in the Southern Ocean south of Perth?

10. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 9y

Is there a sealed road out of Churchill leading to civilisation?

Unfortunately not. It's still very expensive to visit the polar bears around october in Churchill and surroundings, mainly because you need to use the train or plane. Probably will stay that way, otherwise anyone without money can visit Churchill.

[ Edit: Edited on May 2, 2007, at 12:26 AM by Utrecht ]