UK man drives from Norway to southern Chile for a beer

Pub2PubA UK driver last week completed a marathon 20,000-mile journey across three continents in search of beer. Plymouth man Ben Coombs set himself the task of driving from the planet’s northernmost pub to its southernmost and took seven whole months to complete one of the most unique pub crawls of all time.

The trip for the 38-year-old began inside the Arctic Circle at the tiny defunct mining hamlet of Pyramiden. This is on the Svalbard archipelago of Norway. From here, Mr Coombs chronicles the route of Pub2Pub as continuing on to Svalbard’s capital, Longyearbyen, before heading across mainland Europe and back to the UK.

From the UK, the Pub2Pub TVR sportscar was shipped across the Atlantic to New York City. The journey south took the intrepid driver through the US and Central America before the TVR had to be loaded up on a boat again to get around the Darien Gap.

From Colombia to Argentina and Chile passed without mishap and on 12 February the TVR approached the planet’s last public bar. This was at Puerto Williams in Chile. Mr Coombs described the pub as a bit of a dump with highlights limited to bland beer and spirits, cheap furniture and TV entertainment showing boring Chilean dancing.

Commenting on journey’s end, Mr Coombs said that although the last pub was nothing special it was the journey itself which had mattered. The idea for the journey is said to have been hatched unsurprisingly in a pub, but on Dartmoor. Mr Coombs explained that a bit of research was needed to pinpoint which exactly were the world’s most northern and southern public houses.



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