Trav­els For Two!

Cherry’s dream trip was out of this world

Pick Me Up! - - REAL LIFE SHORT BUT SWEET - Cherry Ely, 35, Bath

My now hubby al­ways knew I loved travel.

‘I want to walk the world!’ I told him, when we first met in 2012.

Tom, 31, was on board, but had speed­ier plans. Cy­cling!

And, af­ter ty­ing the knot in March 2014, we found an old tan­dem in Tom’s fam­ily shed. Spruced up, it was per­fect! De­spite rid­ing the tan­dem only once, on 1 Fe­bru­ary last year we flew to Sin­ga­pore, the tan­dem in the hold.

We rode from Sin­ga­pore to Malaysia, Thai­land, Laos. Spent three months in China, went to Kyr­gyzs­tan, crossed from Kaza­khstan to Turkey, Ser­bia, Hun­gary...

Then we trav­elled around Europe, vis­it­ing France and Ger­many to name just a cou­ple – be­fore head­ing back home to Bath via Portsmouth!

We fell off a few times, but suf­fered no ma­jor in­juries.

The heat change was re­ally dras­tic from Asia to Europe. And, by the time we got there, it was De­cem­ber, so camp­ing was tricky then.

Of­ten, there was nowhere to wash or con­tact fam­ily from.

It took 11 months in to­tal, and we trav­elled 10,000 miles, tour­ing 20 coun­tries.

The wind was against us all the way – but it was worth it. We met amaz­ing peo­ple, and the cul­tures were out­stand­ing.

Tom and I are closer than ever now. The trip tested our mar­riage, and we came out the bet­ter for it – al­though Tom’s beard is out of con­trol!

I know for sure I’d do it all again to­mor­row!

It was wheely great fun… not tande­mo­nium!

Back home: me, Tom and the beard!

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