McGregor ends 15,000-mile charity challenge

By Adam ForrestIT WAS a trek featuring some of the most inhospitable terrain on earth, but two men on motorbikes have finally reached their journey’s end.After spending three months travelling through Europe and Africa, Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman concluded their 15,000-mile adventure from Scotland to South Africa, celebrating in Cape Town yesterday against the spectacular backdrop of Table mountain.Since they began in May in John O’Groats, the intrepid duo have ridden through 18 countries, including Libya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Rwanda. Along the way they encountered blinding sandstorms, searing temperatures, dodgy border crossings and armies of ants.advertisementBut, despite the extreme riding conditions, McGregor insisted the trip, the successor to their BBC series Long Way Round, had been well worthwhile. “Long Way Down has been an amazing journey and it has been a real privilege to be able to experience these diverse and beautiful places,” he said.”We’ve had the opportunity to see such different ways of life to ours and have travelled to remote places very few people have access to. The sense of freedom and exploration has been incredible.”Boorman admitted the gruelling odyssey had involved some difficult moments. “There have been times when it has been unbelievably hard-going,” he said. “But that has been countered by amazing riding and extraordinary people.Source: