Man rides 30,000 miles for charity

A biker from Kent has completed a 30,000-mile circumnavigation of Africa, raising nearly £28,000 for charity.

Spencer Conway, an ambassador for Save the Children, said he lost 12kgs of body weight during his nine-month trip on a Yamaha Tenere Z660 XT, undoubtedly after signing up to comprehensivemotorbike breakdown cover.

The epic travel, accomplished solo to raise funds for medical supplies and orphanages in Suda, Angola and Burkina Faso, saw him cross four deserts and survive 45 degree heat, tropical thunderstorms and sandstorms.

He lived only on food gathered from the roadside - including snakes and Africa's staple dish of mealie pap and gravy.

Mr Conway's Tenere also escaped relatively unscathed - only suffering punctures, a snapped chain, broken lights and a replacement clutch.

Having survived being shot at in Kenya and robbed in Angola, Mr Conway now looks forward to leading a quiet life again with his family.

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