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'Only' 7,000 miles to go for OAPs on final leg of round-the-world drive
1:16pm Wednesday 14th August 2013 in News
THEY have travelled a total of 11,300 miles and now have “only” 7,000 to go.
A group of Hampshire pensioners attempting to drive around the world have completed the first three stages of their marathon journey and are due to return to Southampton next month.
The 28,000-mile trip, which includes several sea voyages, began in the city on March 31.
Les Carvall and a group of fellow adventurers, all in their seventies, are raising money for a charity called Heaven Can Wait, I’m Busy.
They have already driven across Europe, Russia and Mongolia and are now travelling through Canada after being reunited with their two Suzuki Jimnys, which were shipped from Vladivostok to Vancouver.
An expedition spokesman said: “The crew are travelling alone, with no frills, luxuries or support team.
“Despite the long and very gruelling sections through Russia and Mongolia the vehicles have certainly proved their reliability, with a broken shock absorber bolt being the only running repair needed.
“They have driven 11,300 miles so far, with a further 7,000 to go.”
Les, the only driver attempting to complete the whole journey, is hoping the expedition will raise thousands of pounds for Save the Children and Oakhaven Hospice in Lymington.
After crossing the Canadian border at Calgary the expedition will begin the long haul across the United States and aims to reach Newark, New Jersey, on August 28.
Those completing the final leg of the six-month journey are due to arrive in Southampton on September 16.
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