It’s been four and a half years since Keith and I gave up our jobs and first began pedalling. We’ve pedalled over 47,000km through over 30 countries and had more life-enhancing experiences than we ever imagined possible – most notably learning to dive and becoming scuba instructors. It has been an extraordinary, life-changing voyage of discovery for both of us, but the time has come to go our separate ways. This will be the final post from us as the Threewheeling Team.
We’ve had high points (4,114m above sea level in Western Sichuan, China), we’ve had low points (approx 100m below sea level, in the Turpan Basin, China), we’ve gone quickly (100km/h downhill in Kyrgyzstan) and we’ve gone slowly (5 to 6km/h on many, many hills especially northern Vietnam, and Yorkshire which nearly beat us!), our biggest descent had us cover 55km in just over one hour (descending into the Turpan Basin in China), while our biggest ascent (65km & 2,400m of climbing in Kyrgyzstan) took about 1½ days to complete. We’ve had it cold (-10oC in the tent one night at 3,700m in Kyrgyzstan) and we’ve had it hot (40oC+ in the shade while on the steep climbs of northern Laos); we’ve had it wet (in the monsoon in Cambodia) and we’ve had it dry (in the Taklamakan desert of northern China). And of course we’ve met so many people from so many different backgrounds and made so many new friends.
We’d like to thank everyone who has taken the time to share our journey, both in the real world and online. It was talking to other cycle tourists that first got us thinking about doing our own trip, and reading other people’s blogs that gave us ideas and tips for how to do it. We initially set off with the idea of travelling for 6-12 months, but that soon seemed far too limiting. And now, since passing our scuba instructor exams in May/June this year, diving has given us a means to support ourselves as we transition from doing a trip to travelling (and diving) as a way of life.
If our story has encouraged anyone else to follow their own dreams then that makes us very happy.
Whilst it is the end of the road for us as a tandem team, it’s not the end of either of our individual journeys. At present we are back in the UK disentangling our affairs, but both intend to continue our diving and cycle-touring lives independently in 2016.
Thanks again for taking the time to read our blog. Here are a few final pictures from the last few months on Gili Meno, Indonesia (no cycling as we’ve been diving):