A person has cycled 1,756 miles throughout Africa, dodging wild elephants and snakes alongside the route of his marathon problem.
Matthew Myerscough, from Cardiff, set off on the coast-to-coast problem in Beira, Mozambique, on 2 April and reached his vacation spot of Swakopmund in Namibia in 28 days.
The 37-year-old civil engineer lined between 50 and 124 miles a day.
“It is positively been very difficult bodily,” Mr Myerscough mentioned.
Crossing an enormous part of the Kalahari desert in in the future, with nowhere to purchase a drink, was a very demanding part of the journey, throughout which he raised cash for charity.
“Doing it on my own has been unbelievable and rewarding… however when you will have the lows… you have to choose your self up and there is no one else to do this,” he mentioned, talking from Windhoek, Namibia, after 26 days of biking.
He confronted many different challenges on his journey from the Indian Ocean throughout Mozambique, into Zimbabwe’s Jap Highlands area, throughout Botswana and into Namibia.
“Each night time… you are in search of someplace protected to remain, attempting to replenish provides,” he mentioned.
He slept in lodges and visitor homes, and camped in a small light-weight tent he carried with him.
In Mozambique, he discovered a toad dwelling in a small pool of water within the nook of his room and, on different events, he noticed cockroaches and scarab beetles in his room and a praying mantis on the mattress.
Regardless of having no-one alongside him for all however the finish of the journey, he was helped alongside the best way.
“I have been met with such kindness,” he mentioned. “Folks exit of their manner to assist.”
He was given free beer and provided a scorching tub by one couple impressed by his endeavour, slept in a vacant classroom after assembly a college trainer and camped exterior a policeman’s home.
Distances between settlements had been huge in Botswana particularly, he mentioned.
He resorted to tenting after a 95-mile journey – though he was aiming for a settlement 125 miles away – and woke to the sounds of elephants crashing within the undergrowth.
“I cycled previous numerous elephant footprints… so I knew there have been elephant within the space.”
After settling down for an “uneasy” night time, he heard the animals round his tent in the course of the night time.
“They by no means got here to the tent however once you’re mendacity in a tiny tent and you’ll hear them round you… it was a spotlight of the journey,” he mentioned.
He cycled alongside principal roads however usually went for half-hour with out seeing a automobile.
On some sections he caught to the center of the street to keep away from shocking elephants, and elsewhere he noticed honey badgers crossing the street.
As soon as, resting on a bench beneath a tree, he felt one thing brush previous his ear after which land at his toes.
“This massive snake had dropped out of the tree and landed within the sand,” he mentioned.
“That was fairly an fascinating second. If it had needed to it might have bitten me.”
Vitamin was additionally difficult.
“Biking lengthy distances between locations, it is exhausting to have correct meals,” mentioned Mr Myerscough.
Some days he simply had biscuits and snacks within the absence of alternatives for a meal.
He accomplished his fundraising problem for Diabetes UK on Saturday, reaching the city of Swakopmund, on the Namibian coast, inside his 30-day goal and in time for his flight residence on Tuesday.