Doc­tor’s ride raises £6,500

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By KEN MCER­LAIN ken.mcer­lain@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Etken­m­cer­lain

AN IN­TREPID doc­tor can look for­ward to putting his feet up af­ter com­plet­ing a 20,000-mile mo­tor­bike trip across South Amer­ica for char­ity.

It took Dr Chris “Tig­ger” Tar­gett 84 days to travel solo from Brazil to Ar­gentina via 13 dif­fer­ent coun­tries dur­ing which he cheated death, broke two ribs, was robbed three times and fell sick af­ter be­ing bit­ten by ants.

But the 34-year-old, who raised £6,500 for air am­bu­lance char­ity Mag­pas by do­ing the trip, also saw some of the world’s most spec­tac­u­lar scenery in­clud­ing plung­ing wa­ter­falls and breath­tak­ing moun­tains.

Speak­ing from his home in Sawtry, Dr Tar­gett said: “It was an in­cred­i­ble jour­ney and one which I’ll never for­get.

“I saw some in­cred­i­ble sights and the friend­li­ness of peo­ple in Brazil, Columbia and Venezuela amazed me.

“But I also drove along some of the worst roads I’ve ever seen and at one point was knocked off my bike by a Bo­li­vian taxi driver on a route known as the “road of death”.

“It’s called that be­cause it over­looks a 400-foot cliff and I ended up on the floor with my head look­ing over this 400-foot drop.

“I also fell off my bike and broke two ribs and got bit­ten by ants while I slept in my tent mak­ing me vomit.

“I got lost sev­eral times and was robbed on three oc­ca­sions. But over­all the good points cer­tainly out­weighed the bad.”

Dr Tar­gett’s ad­ven­ture got off to a dream start. As he pre­pared to board his flight at Heathrow back in Jan­uary he pro­posed to his part­ner Sa­man­tha Lyon (32) and she ac­cepted.

He de­cided to take on the chal­lenge to help Mag­pas af­ter the char­ity came to the res­cue of Miss Lyon when she was a young girl.

He said: “Sam was in­volved in a car crash and was res­cued by Mag- pas, but she was so young she can’t ac­tu­ally re­mem­ber.

“Mag­pas saved her life and I wanted to give some­thing back to them. One of my dreams is to work as a doc­tor for Mag­pas. These two rea­sons in­spired me to do some­thing to help. I’ve al­ways wanted to have an ad­ven­ture like this.

“Mag­pas is a re­ally wor­thy cause that re­lies on public fund­ing to carry out their jobs and when you con­sider that they are reg­u­larly sav­ing lives it’s def­i­nitely a char­ity worth re­port­ing.

“The trip took a lot of plan­ning and I had to leave my job as an A&E doc­tor to go. But it was all worth it.

“I’m not sure whether I’ll ever at­tempt any­thing like it again be­cause it was so drain­ing, both phys­i­cally and men­tally. There were points when I re­ally did think I wouldn’t make it and giv­ing up would have seemed like the log­i­cal thing but I’m proud that I com­pleted it.

“I now have some in­cred­i­ble mem­o­ries of scenery, peo­ple and cul­tures that are very dif­fer­ent from our own.”

ad­ven­ture: Dr Chris “Tig­ger” Tar­gett while on his trav­els across South Amer­ica for Mag­pas.

breath-tak­ing: The scenery along the way and Dr Tar­gett’s trusty bike “Sir Michael Bikel­bey”.

re­united: Dr Tar­gett and Sa­man­tha Lyon.

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