Dad killed by lightning on ‘trip of a lifetime’ bike trip in South America

An adventurous dad-of-two who was on an epic 2,600km bike ride across South America has been killed by a bolt of lightning shortly after setting off.

The cyclist was set to ride the trail he dubbed "the path of the Condor" but was struck by lightning at the start of the trail.

German Neculman, 39, had been planning on travelling 2,600 kilometres (1,615 miles) by bicycle from La Quiaca in north-western Argentina to Dina Huapi, a village in Rio Negro Provence of the south-central area of the country.

The adventurers voyage from Jujuy to the northern edge of Patagonia had been nine years in the making and was set to take just 130 hours to complete, but he was reportedly struck by lightning near the town of Abra Pampa, in Jujuy province.

Neculman, who was married with two children who have not been named, had called his project "the path of the Condor" and he had set out on January 4.

It took nine years to plan, including buying all the gear that was needed.

But a day into his trip on Wednesday, January 5, at about 5:30pm, Neculman was walking along the road with two friends when he was suddenly hit by a bolt of lightning.

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By the time medics arrived, he was reportedly already dead. His body was taken to a morgue at the Nuestra Senora del Rosario hospital.

Neculman, who worked as an electrician, had said on Instagram on January 1 that he had been training for and buying the necessary equipment to complete his trip for nine years.

Condolences have been pouring in on social media from locals and his followers.

On Neculman's Instagram, a statement was posted, saying: "Rest in peace friend, you transcended towards something much greater, you are eternal.

"You will always accompany us."

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