WHEN retired mechanic Ian Coates set off on his motorbike he told his wife that he would be back in four months –but 10 years later is still on the road. More than 70 countries and a decade later the Yorkshireman is finally on the last leg of as mammoth round-the-world adventure.

"I just went off for four months and then it got to a year and I thought I'd better keep going. So it just snowballed into a trip around the world."

Mrs Coates, married to Ian for 42 years in September, recently returned from a trip to America where she had one of the few reunions of the past decade with her husband.