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LONDON (AP) — A British couple’s round-the-world cycling odyssey ended in misfortune when both of them were killed in a road accident in Thailand.
The trip was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the couple, who met in art school and spent six years saving money and planning their journey, Mr. Root’s father, Jerry, told the Associated Press in an interview.
“They were both inspirational,” Jerry Root said. “They didn’t just talk about it, they did it. I couldn’t be prouder of them.”
He said they were both experienced cyclists who knew the rigors and risks of extended bicycle travel.
“They were camping wild, as they called it,” he said. “What helps me is to think of how happy they were with each other. They were leading the life they wanted to. It was the happiest, the most fruitful of lives.”
The couple had been posting photos and details of their trip on the website Two on Four Wheels. They also had many followers on Twitter and Facebook who were tracing their journey and vicariously enjoying their adventure, which included a trip through remote parts of Central Asia.
A video they posted from that part of the journey shows them camping in the desert, riding through hills, stopping to swim in rivers and lakes, and braving heavy snowstorms. They also cycle through tense situations as armed conflict breaks out during their journey through Tajikistan.
There is also footage showing Ms. Thompson suffering a gash to her knee after an apparent collision with a truck.
The couple look tanned, joyous and relaxed — if a bit windblown — in the footage. It is apparent life on the road agreed with them.
“They never talked about the trip as having a destination or a deadline or a time scale,” said Ben Thompson, Ms. Thompson’s brother. “They didn’t have firm plans; they had rough ideas. They just loved people. They were always dragging people to the campfire to share a story and a beer and some food.”
After Southeast Asia, the couple were planning to make their way to New Zealand for a brief respite, he said.
Thai policeLt. Col. Supachai Luangsukcharoen said Monday that investigators found their bodies, their bicycles and their belongings scattered along a roadside, along with a pickup truck that crashed between some trees.
Col. Supachai said the truck driver, 25-year-old Worapong Sangkhawat, was seriously injured in the crash. He told police his truck hit the cyclists as he was reaching down to pick up a cap from the vehicle’s floor, Col. Supachai said.
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