Charity biker rides around Africa

A man from Kent has become the first person to travel round the edge of Africa solo on two wheels.

Starting in Tunisia and setting off to Libya, 42-year-old Spencer Conway travelled the length of the continent's eastern coast to the South African tip before returning via the western coast. His journey was a distance of 37,000 miles, all done on a Yamaha XT600 motorbike.

He said he was hit by stones in Egypt, shot at in Kenya and was robbed leaving Namibia while going into Angola at the south-western countries' border, showing that havingmotorcycle breakdown cover was the least of his worries.

His journey allowed him to experience 34 nations and took nine months to complete, while raising £26,000 for the Save the Children charity.

Arriving home in the Ashford village of Biddenden, reuniting with his partner and two teenage daughters, Mr Conway said: "It's amazing to be back, although I think I'm experiencing something like reverse culture shock. I went 2,000km without seeing another person at one point so it's quite hard to adjust.

"It's absolutely wonderful to be back though. As I neared home a whole load of bikers met me and drove me back to the village, where a crowd had gathered to welcome me."

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