Published on March 6, 2018 | by Alastair Gilmour


Long drive ends up in a dive

An adventurer has completed an epic journey visiting the most northerly to the most southerly pubs in the world. Ben Coombs from Plymouth has finished a 20,000-mile journey across 21 countries driving a 20-year-old TVR Chimaera called Kermit from Devon to southern Chile as part of an epic pub adventure.

He travelled to Pyramiden, a former mining settlement on the Norwegian island of Svalbard which has a total population of four.

“Pyramiden is less than 700 miles from the North Pole and is the northernmost settlement on Earth with a permanent civilian population, and has only one bar,” said Coombs. After buying a pint of Russian beer at the bar on 10 July 2017, he officially began his journey.

To meet his criteria, each pub or bar visited had to be fully licensed and open to the public. While there are bars on Antarctica, Coombs said that these were located on bases and are thus not fully accessible.

He then drove Kermit across Europe to Southampton where it was shipped to New York. From there he drove across America to California before heading south to Mexico, then South America to reach the final destination, the world’s southernmost bar in Puerto Williams in Chile which he admits was “ a bit of a dive”.

He said: “There are probably more appealing places to travel 20,000 miles to get to, but that’s not really the point. It’s the journey that matters, not the destination”.

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