A globe-trotting British couple who embarked on an adventure around the world on cycles have been hit and killed by a truck while cycling in Thailand.
The couple, identified as Peter Root and Mary Thompson, was also chronicling their cycling adventure on a blog and had gained a number of fans online. Root and Thompson were hit by a pickup truck in a province east of Bangkok and their bodies were found sprawled on the side of the road. The couple died on the spot and their bodies were taken to hospital.
The British couple, both aged 34, belonged to Guemsey in the Channel Islands. They left Britain in July 2011 to fulfil their dream of a worldwide adventure on cycles. The couple had already cycled through Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and China, and were currently in South East Asia. After this, they were planning to go to New Zealand for a short respite. The around-the-world cycling trip was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the couple, who had been saving up for the trip for the past six years. Root and Thompson met at an art school in Britain and from the very beginning they shared same interests.
"They were both inspirational," Peter Roots’ brother, Jerry Roots, said, according to a report by msn.com. "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 about the dangers 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 also been posting videos and pictures of themselves while on the trip on their blog and website, Two on Four Wheels. They had been camping wild and several of their videos showed them camping in the desert, riding through hills, swimming in rivers and lakes and braving against dangerous snowstorms.
Their bodies will be flown back to Britain after investigations are completed in Thailand. The driver of the pickup truck who hit the couple is in custody and if convicted, will serve a 10-year sentence behind bars.