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Couple's close call in Nepal.

A COVENTRY couple who sold their home to travel the world on a motorbike have reached Canada.

Merv and Ruth Homer, from Earlsdon, are enjoying a trip of a lifetime and overcoming some nerve-racking experiences during their epic trek.

They had a narrow escape in Nepal after defying a national strike by the Maoist separatist group, anti-government fighters who had recently killed more than 100 policemen and military personnel in one attack from their remote Himalayan hill locations.

The pair became stranded in a remote village after taxi drivers refused to break the strike for fear of attack and were not able to collect them.

But Merv and Ruth risked their lives by continuing their journey by foot.

Merv, aged 47, said: "During our lunch stop our guide told us a lorry containing 14 workers had been blown up by the Maoists because they had broken the two-day strike."

Merv, a self-employed graphic designer, and Ruth, aged 44, an office manager for Whitefriars housing group, began their two-year journey in September last year.

They plan to visit 29 countries on their 60,000-mile trip.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 15, 2002
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