Cyclist’s amazing 35,000km solo adventure

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CYCLIST Simon Perry has reached the end of his epic solo and unsupported cycle journey along the length of the American continent.

Simon, from Colsterworth, set off from Fairbanks, Alaska, in July and arrived in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, last week.

Writing in his blog, he said: “I am sitting in Ushuaia with the world’s largest smile on my face having just completed a 35,000km bicycle journey from Alaska to the bottom of the world! I DID IT!”

Simon was doing the ride as a personal challenge but also to raise money for armed forces charity Help for Heroes.

So far he has been pledged £1,195 but hopes to hit a target of £2,500.

Simon’s route led him from the mountains of Aalska, through the plains of the central USA and into Central America.

He chose the risky route of riding through Colombia and struggled with the huge mountain passes of South America to rech his destination.

He said: “I am not able to put into words the emotions I feel but to sum it up I am both ecstatic for having finished but also a little sad that it’s all over and it’s back to the real world from here!

“The main feeling I have is relief that I didn’t let anyone down. I was terrified of failuire and it proved my biggest driving force.”

To donate to Simon’s cause or read his blog, visit www.simonintheamericas.kk5.org/