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They Drove To Alaska On 1950 Deere "A"
It took 126 days altogether, but a Dalton, Ohio, couple last fall returned safely to their farm after driving their 1950 Deere "A" 9,500 miles to Alaska and back.
  Glen and Betty Martin made the arduous trip to raise money for worldwide missions.
  To prepare the tractor for the trip, they went over the engine, installed a home-built cab, and gave the tractor a fresh coat of paint.
  The Martins started their trip last June 5, traveling through Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and the Dakotas, and then headed up through the Canadian provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon Territories. Traveling at 13 mph and averaging about 100 miles per day, the couple arrived in Alaska on Aug. 1.
  After spending six days at King Jesus North Pole (KJNP) AM-FM and TV, the Martins moved on to the state fairgrounds in Fairbanks where they stayed for three days.
  On Aug. 10, the couple started the 4,502-mile trip home. They arrived at on Oct. 8, just in time for the birth of a new grandchild.
  The "A" pulled a camping trailer, which the Martins used as living quarters.   Of their 126 days on the road, only 30 were spent visiting relatives, new friends and doing tractor maintenance, which included replacing the "A"'s front tires at 1,900 miles.
  As the trip progressed, donations to the Miles for Missions trickled in slowly. Betty says they're still praying for more.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Glen and Betty Martin, 18029 Jericho Road, Dalton, Ohio 44618 (ph 330 833-2451). Or visit the Miles for Missions Website at: www.milesformissions.org.

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1999 - Volume #23, Issue #2