A pair of adventurers are readying themselves for the return home after covering 30,000 miles overland in a Land Rover in their journey known as 'to Hel and back'. Tom Picton, from Beaconsfield and Carl James, from Chalfont St Peter have crossed the Congo, endured 50 degree heat in Mali and numerous other experiences.
The duo started their journey to South Africa in April last year in a P-Reg Land Rover Defender to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research and Link Ethiopia.
Carl said, 'It's been a tough last couple of months with a couple of small car accidents, far too many bribes and a lot of sickness.'
He considered that the hardest part of the trip was when they crossed the Congo and the Defender got stuck in mud and water so deep the doors would not open up to five times in one day.
In six days they only covered 100km, whereas normally they cover up to 600km a day. Carl added, 'On more than one occasion we were left in the middle of nowhere digging our car out, relying on the help of locals, until late in the night.'
The pair are hoping to raise £10,000. Go to www.tohelandback.org.uk to sponsor them. click here for To Hel and Back