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Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman reach Cape Town

Published: 05 August 2007

Updated: 19 November 2014

Eighty-five days after setting off from John O’Groats, actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman have completed their Long Way Down voyage by reaching Cape Town, South Africa.

Three months and 18 countries had gone by when the duo crossed the finish line on Saturday afternoon against the spectacular backdrop of Table Mountain.

When asked about the 15,000 mile journey Ewan McGregor said, “It’s been incredible. It feels like a real privilege.

“You just don’t see some of the remote villages that we have ridden through unless you are an aid worker – these are real mud-hut, thatched roof-villages, not really places tourists get to go.

”We have had our ups and downs though, as you would expect.”

Charley Boorman agreed with his riding compatriot. He said, “It’s been great, but I’m, starting to worry about stopping it, you know, because our life for the last twelve weeks has been just been riding the bikes, watching the landscape change around us, and meeting people, and doing amazing things, and it’s going to stop.

”And I’m really sensing that, and I’m starting to worry a little about that, you know, the idea of it ending is kind of sad. But it’s good, we’re here and we’ve done it.”

To find out even more about the journey check out the August 8 issue of MCN where we speak exclusively to the Long Way Down pair.

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