LONDON (AFP) — A British adventurer who reached Timbuktu in a truck fuelled by chocolate said Tuesday he now wants to travel to China on a rubbish-powered aircraft.
Andy Pag, 34, and his sidekick John Grimshaw made it back from the remote city in Mali on Monday. The engineer-turned-journalist wasted no time in announcing his next expedition aimed at highlighting the benefits of biofuels.
Pag hopes to drive to China using biofuel, taking flight in every country along the way in a paramotor, or powered paraglider, using an experimental carbon-neutral fuel made from landfill waste.
"It's a bit like 'Back To The Future' where they put banana skins in at one end to make it fly," said Pag, from Croydon in south London.
"That's science fiction but there is this technology that's a little bit like that.
"Anything that goes to landfill sites -- used tyres, wrapping paper, anything you put in your bin at home -- can be used to make fuel."
In the 1985 classic film "Back To The Future", mad scientist Doctor Emmett Brown fuels the time machine car with banana skins and other garbage before it flies off back to the year 2015.
Pag and Grimshaw reached Timbuktu on December 26 after a 4,500-mile (7,200-kilometre) road trip from the English south coast.
The idea was to show that if they could reach the notoriously remote west African city on bio-fuel, there was no reason it could not be widely used on everyday journeys.
The trip was fuelled by 2,000 litres of bio-diesel made from 4,000 kilogrammes of chocolate -- the equivalent of 80,000 chocolate bars.
The fuel was made from cocoa butter extracted from waste chocolate.
The environmentally friendly duo battled sandstorms and corrupt customs officers to reach Timbuktu.
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