Man completes 20,000-mile pub adventure

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Image caption Ben Coombs drove across 3 continents to complete the challenge

A man offers driven a sports car across twenty one countries, starting at the most northerly bar in the world and finishing at the most southerly.

Ben Coombs, 37, from Plymouth in Devon, went 20, 000 miles across 3 continents from the Arctic Circle towards the southernmost tip of Chile.

It took him 7 months to complete the challenge.

Mr Coombs described the final bar as “a dive”, but stated “it’s the journey that issues, not the destination”.

The idea for your adventure came whilst he was having a pint in the pub on Dartmoor.

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Image caption The particular trip was completed in a eco-friendly TVR sports car called Kermit

The trip started on the Norwegian island associated with Svalbard in an abandoned mining negotiation called Pyramiden, which has a population associated with four.

Mr Coombs said finding the northernmost bar “was an easy investigative process”.

“Pyramiden is less than 700 mls from the North Pole, is the northernmost settlement on earth with a permanent civilian population, and has only one bar, inch he added.

“The residents all live in the only constructing still functioning – the town’s old hotel – which occurs have a still-functioning bar. ”

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Image caption The most northerly pub in the world within Pyramiden

To find the most northerly and southerly pub, Mr Coombs looked just for licensed premises where anybody can walk in off the street and purchase a beer.

However are bars in Antarctica these are located on bases and are not available to members of the public or are not certified, he said.

So Mr Coombs looked for that southernmost settlement outside Antarctica, plus came across Puerto Williams in Tierra del Fuego, Chile.

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Image caption Within Arizona, Ben Coombs’ car Kermit came face-to-face with a replica Herbie, a 1963 VW Beetle
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Picture caption The journey included 20, 000 miles of traveling and a range of road surfaces

From Pyramiden, Mr Coombs drove his eco-friendly 20-year-old TVR Chimaera, called Kermit, across Europe to Southampton through where the car was shipped in order to New York in August.

He then travelled across the United States in order to California, before heading south in order to Mexico.

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Picture caption The car had a brand new clutch fitted in a garage within Nicaragua, the only major repair from the trip

A number of friends joined him regarding various stages of the journey within the two-seater convertible car.

“Central America quickly passed under our wheels, before we delivered the car around the Darien gap through Panama to Colombia, ” Mister Coombs said.

“Then it was just the small issue of an 8, 000-mile drive throughout Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile plus Argentina to get to the last bar on the planet. ”

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Picture caption Some of the main difficulties were getting across borders plus avoiding rock falls in Colombia
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Image caption The hand-built car dealt well with the trip and will now be shipped back to Devon

The ultimate destination was Puerto Williams, exactly where Mr Coombs arrived on twelve February and found the southernmost bar.

“It’s a dive actually, ” he stated.

“We’re speaking plastic patio furniture inside, Chilean collection dancing on the TV, and a menus which consists only of beer and cheap whisky.

“There are probably more appealing locations to travel 20, 000 miles to get at, but that’s not really the point. It is the journey that matters, not the particular destination. ”