Man completes 20,000-mile pub adventure

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Image caption Ben Coombs drove throughout 3 continents to finish the difficulty

A male has actually driven a cars throughout 21 nations, beginning at the most northern bar worldwide and completing at the most southerly.

Ben Coombs, 38, from Plymouth in Devon, drove 20,000 miles throughout 3 continents from the Arctic Circle to the southernmost pointer of Chile.

It took him 7 months to finish the obstacle.

Mr Coombs explained the last club as “a dive”, however stated “it’s the journey that matters, not the location”.

The concept for the experience came while he was having a pint in a club on Dartmoor.

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Image caption The journey was finished in a green TVR cars called Kermit

The journey began on the Norwegian island of Svalbard in a deserted mining settlement called Pyramiden, which has a population of 4.

Mr Coombs stated discovering the northern most bar “was a simple investigative procedure”.

“Pyramiden is less than 700 miles from the North Pole, is the northern most settlement in the world with a long-term civilian population, and has just one bar,” he included.

“The locals all reside in the only structure still operating – the town’s old hotel – which takes place to have a still-functioning bar.”

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Image caption The most northern bar worldwide in Pyramiden

To discover the most southerly and northern club, Mr Coombs tried to find certified properties where anyone might stroll in off the street and purchase a beer.

Although there are bars in Antarctica they lie on bases and are not available to members of the general public or are not certified, he stated.

So Mr Coombs searched for the southernmost settlement outside Antarctica, and discovered Puerto Williams in Tierra del Fuego, Chile.

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Image caption In Arizona, Ben Coombs’ vehicle Kermit came in person with a reproduction Herbie, a 1963 VW Beetle
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Image caption The journey included 20,000 miles of driving and a variety of roadway surface areas

From Pyramiden, Mr Coombs drove his green 20-year-old TVR Chimaera, called Kermit, throughout Europe to Southampton from where the vehicle was delivered to New York in August.

He then took a trip throughout the United States to California, prior to heading south to Mexico.

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Image caption The cars and truck had a brand-new clutch suited a garage in Nicaragua, the only significant repair work of the journey

A variety of pals joined him for numerous phases of the journey in the two-seater convertible cars and truck.

“Central America rapidly passed below our wheels, prior to we delivered the automobile around the Darien space from Panama to Colombia,” Mr Coombs stated.

“Then it was simply the little matter of an 8,000-mile drive throughout Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Argentina to obtain to the last bar in the world.”

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Image caption Some of the primary obstacles were making clear borders and preventing rock falls in Colombia
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Image caption The hand-built vehicle dealt well with the journey and will now be delivered back to Devon

The last location was Puerto Williams, where Mr Coombs showed up on 12 February and discovered the southernmost bar.

“It’s a little a dive really,” he stated.

“We’re talking plastic outdoor patio furnishings within, Chilean line dancing on the TELEVISION, and a menu which consists just of lager and low-cost whisky.

“There are most likely more enticing locations to take a trip 20,000 miles to obtain to, however that’s not truly the point. It’s the journey that matters, not the location.”

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