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Long way down for Africa-bound pals

PUBLISHED: 10:56 20 May 2010 | UPDATED: 10:13 12 August 2010

A PAIR of school friends are to follow in the tyre tracks of Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman as they ride across Africa to fulfil a lifelong ambition. Erich Rettermayer, from Bromley, and friend Dean Fielden will travel by motorbike from London to Cape

A PAIR of school friends are to follow in the tyre tracks of Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman as they ride across Africa to fulfil a lifelong ambition.

Erich Rettermayer, from Bromley, and friend Dean Fielden will travel by motorbike from London to Cape Town, travelling 24,000km through some of the most dangerous territories in the world.

They will raise money for charity Born Free throughout the arduous trip across 22 countries, which will take them six months.

Mr Rettermayer said: "Looking at the trip ahead, Dean and I realise there are many dangers we could face. Landmines and the threat of terrorists are very real as well as the dangers of the difficult terrains on which we will be travelling - the sands of the Western Sahara making the bikes difficult to handle.

"Once we've headed further down through Africa we will also be encountering lots of jungle.

"With all of these dangers to face, we'd be fools to say the trip will be as safe as sitting at home on our couches watching X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing but if one has a dream and the ambition to make it a reality, then why not follow it!"

Both men grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, where they went to school together.

After completely losing touch, they were reunited when Mr Rettermayer, by now living in Bromley, received a call from his old classmate.

After catching up over a beer, they decided to rekindle their childhood passion for bikes and plan their trip. "Both Dean and I love animals and that is why we were so motivated to raise money for Born Free through our trip," said Mr Rettermayer

For more information or to sponsor Erich and Dean, visit www.

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