She refused to hitchhike so she walked across the U.S. on her own. She was seen on the Yukon Trail in the northern part of British Columbia, Canada with a small backpack and an iron pipe in her hand for protection, heading towards Alaska. She was detained for her own good, by Canadian Mounties in order to prevent her from travelling through upper-Canada during the winter. They released her in the Spring.
Starting out again, she hiked along the Yukon Trail over wild mountain passes, finally reaching a small town in Alaska where she worked as a cook, purchased and repaired an old boat, and in the spring of 1929, launched it on to the Yukon River right behind the outgoing ice. The terrain was virtually impassable in this area so this is why she used a boat during this portion of her travels. She abandoned the boat eventually for overland travel, reaching Nome, Alaska and later the Bering Strait which separates the U.S. from Russia (around 55 miles across). We don't know if she made it back to her motherland as she was last seen bartering with the Eskimos for boat passage.
The moral to this story...I think a strong case could be made that women are stronger than men.