AS WE FLEW OVER GREENLAND AND THE ARCTIC ON OUR WAY TO PORTLAND, OREGON, WE WERE CAPTIVATED BY THE ICE FLOES AND ICEBERGS BELOW. IT WAS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT IN A FEW HOURS WE WOULD BEGIN A 3,000-MILE-LONG ADVENTURE THAT WOULD TAKE US RIGHT BACK TO THIS VERY SPOT – THE FROZEN EDGE OF NORTH AMERICA. ONLY THE NEXT TIME WE WOULD SEE THESE ICE MASSES, WE WOULD BE IN A CAR.
I was traveling with my partner Kate Seaver and, upon arrival in Portland, we met with Brian Scotto, the editor of 0-60 magazine and the third member of our four-person team. Brian had arranged for us to use two vehicles from the Subaru press fleet – a WRX Sedan and WRX STI – for an unbelievable 6,000-mile road trip to the edge of the earth.
Brian informed us the cars were still being prepped at Paul Eklund’s shop in Tigard, Oregon, where Paul was assisting with the installation of Hella 4000 Motorsport High Intensity Discharge (HID) driving lights – an absolute necessity for this trip. The Arctic in the winter is a dark place with no shortage of lurking dangers, and good driving lights are essential for avoiding peril. Snow tires and full-size spares also had been arranged, and we had with us what seemed to be an endless supply of survival gear: axes, saws, fuel cans, bright LED flashlights, radios, air compressors, camping gear, a huge aluminum grain shovel, plus delicious Norwegian candy!
As daylight faded, we finally started north toward Seattle, Washington, where we met up with Brian’s co-driver and buddy Mark Williams. Brian and Mark would drive the WRX STI, and “Snack-master Kate” and I would steer the WRX. I could barely see past my smile as we merged onto I-5 North.