UK pensioner hitchhikes more than 10,000 miles to scatter wife's ashes

Last Updated: Wed, Nov 21, 2012 06:50 hrs

A pensioner from Leicester, UK, hitchhiked for nearly two months to travel 10,000 miles to Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, to say his last goodbye to his beloved wife Diana.

In his endeavour, 80-year-old Mike Howitt passed through 21 countries.

"From the day I set off down the A47 from Leicester to the day I got to Cape Town, I never felt in danger," the Mirror quoted him as saying.

"In Kenya I spent 22 hours on a cattle truck.

"When we crossed the equator they stopped for me and I was able to scatter some of Diana's ashes there too," he said.

Howitt's work in the building industry took the couple of 55 years to South Africa 25 times.

"Diana loved Table Mountain. We spent anniversaries in South Africa and loved the country," he said.

His 10,642-mile trip raised 6,000 pounds for the Loros hospice, where Diana spent her final days, before dying of lung disease last year. (ANI)

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