Two Royal Air Force personnel from Scotland have completed an epic coast-to-coast ride across the US and raised £30,000 for the Help for Heroes charity.
Warrant Officer Nick Styles, from RAF Lossiemouth, and Sergeant Jason Lewis, from RAF Kinloss, rode 3,181 miles (5,119km) from Santa Monica Pier in California to Ground Zero in New York City.
The journey, which took 34 days, was marked by a series of challenges that ranged from mechanical problems to dodging tornadoes in Kansas (there had been 30 in the previous fortnight) and coping with the baking heat of Death Valley – at one stage it reached 45°C (113°F).
The pair were astounded by the reception they received when they arrived in New York. “To our great surprise there was a tremendous finishing welcome for us from a large section of the public, US Army, firefighters, police officers and other services,” said Nick. “There were also further surprises, in that Jason’s mother and father had flown out to be present at the finish.”
He added: “We would like to thank everybody who has helped make this journey possible, both within the UK and in America, and feel really privileged to have been able to take part and be successful in such a worthwhile operation such as this, in aid of our very special troops.”