Couple who joked about cycling all over the world, are now married after a year and a half of traveling
A couple joking about cycling the world together in their first Tinder message spent 18 months on four continents.
On their second date, Mike Langridge, 32, and Helen Clarkson, 30, from Glasgow, decided to embark on the journey and began saving £ 27,000 for the journey, even living together to save on rent.
A year and four months later, the couple cycled through Europe, Asia, Australia and North America.
Originally Mike posted a photo of him on his Tinder profile in Yosemite and wrote that his life's purpose was to cycle around the world. When Helen agreed with him in January 2016, her first message was: & # 39; When do we leave? & # 39;
The beloved duo, now living in Edinburgh, made the knot midway through their 19,000 mile journey in a romantic ceremony in the Yosemite National Park in California.
Mike Langridge and Helen Clarkson met at Tinder in 2016. They joked that they would leave everything to cycle all over the world and decide to do it seriously
The couple has been everywhere with their bikes, from Utah to China, Vietnam, Germany and Thailand (shown in Turkey)
Helen said: & # 39; We just thought, "What is stopping us? We could do it, right?"
& # 39; Neither of us was happy in our work.
& # 39; There was literally nothing that stopped us and all we needed was cycling, money and the determination to do it. & # 39;
She said: & # 39; My first message before I introduced myself was: & # 39; When do we leave? & # 39;. & # 39;
After 14 months of saving for the trip, Mike and Helen got married halfway through their trip in Yosemite, for two friends and their parents
Helen photographed by Mike in Australia during their world trip on bikes. The couple saved £ 27,000 for their cycling adventure
Mike replied: & # 39; What about Tuesday? & # 39; And the couple quickly arranged their first date. & # 39;
Mike said: & # 39; We were joking about our cycling trip and the route we would take. It was a good way to flirt. & # 39;
But on their second date, the couple realized that they were taking the expedition completely seriously.
Helen had only cycled through the UK the year before and Mike had made extensive bike rides in Canada and North America.
Helen said: & # 39; It felt like we had known each other for a long time. We just clicked. & # 39;
The couple enjoy some Danish in Germany. When they reached mainland Europe, they felt that their journey had really begun
A kiss in Australia. The couple said they clicked & # 39; at the meeting and departed 14 months later on their world trip by bicycle
Helen in Nevada. The couple moved to their relationship for five months to save on rent
The couple estimated that the trip, including bicycles, insurance, flights, visas and spending money, would cost around £ 27,000.
They planned to camp as much as possible, but only splashed in hotels when no campsites were available.
They immediately started saving money, saving all luxury.
Married halfway. Mike and Helen decided to get married in Yosemite because a picture of Mike in the state park evoked a conversation and their relationship
Helen posing in front of a & # 39; welcome to Utah & # 39; sign. Mike fell ill when the couple left Salt Lale City and had to drive to their next destination to give him time to recover
& # 39; We have not spent any money at all, & # 39; Mike said.
& # 39; We have sold all of our valuables, we moved together after five months to save rent, we have not started drinking.
& # 39; We might buy a £ 3.50 bottle of wine once a week.
Giving thumbs up in Vietnam. The couple departed from Glasgow and then cycled through the UK, mainland Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia, the USA and Australia
Lovebirds in Switzerland. The couple left the house on Tuesday to make the joke that had fueled their relationship
& # 39; Then I got an evening job in a restaurant and Helen wrote & # 39; overnight legal and medical documents to make more money. & # 39;
After 14 months the couple had enough money in stock and they left on April 4, 2017 – a Tuesday.
& # 39; We wanted to go on Tuesday because that's what Mike suggested in our first Tinder exchange, & # 39; Helen explained.
Mike on the way in Nevada. The couple became engaged in their relationship for 10 months because they felt they had known each other for a long time
& # 39; We left Glasgow and cycled to Newcastle to take the ferry to Amsterdam.
& # 39; Once we were on the European mainland, we felt like we had really started. & # 39;
The couple cycled through Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria.
Then through Turkey and to Georgia, then flew to Beijing.
The pair kicked in China for two months, then along the coast from Vietnam to Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore before flying to Perth, Australia.
Towards the end of their journey, they spent three months cycling through the southern and east coast of Australia and flew from Brisbane to California.
The couple traveled from Brisbane in California (photo) after a few months of cycling through Australia
In April 2018, they made the knot in Yosemite for their parents and two friends from the UK.
Helen said: & # 39; We were together for 10 months when we became engaged in November 2016.
& # 39; We always wanted to get married in Yosemite and we started planning the wedding when we were in China. & # 39;
Mike added: & # 39; It is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
& # 39; It was my profile photo on Tinder, so it felt good that we were married there. & # 39;
Helen and Mike chose to cycle along a 1000 mile stretch in Australia as the most intense bonding experience during the trip.
& # 39; Our biggest bonding challenge was cycling across the Outback, & # 39; Mike said.
& # 39; There is a section that connects with East and West Australia.
& # 39; It's a road that is 1000 miles long and there are about nine gas stations, that's it, there isn't even a bank.
& # 39; There is a 90 mile length where the road does not bend or go up or down a hill – it is a straight line in the wind.
# It took us a day and a half and it was the hardest mental challenge of the trip.
Making faces in Singapore. The couple, who returned to the UK in August 2018, said they had missed the freedom of their bike rides
& # 39; The wind kept blowing in our face. It was like cycling into a hairdryer. The smell of dead kangaroos was unbearable.
& # 39; It took us a day and a half to ride it, and Helen burst into tears at the end of it. & # 39;
Helen added that they traveled five months in countries where most people didn't speak English and that she could only talk to Mike.
She said: & # 39; Because of the language barrier, the only company we had was each other. That was a big test. We knew we could get married at that time. & # 39;
After the wedding, the couple went north to Salt Lake City, Utah, and as they left the city, Mike collapsed with hypothermia.
A storm came in and Helen watched in horror as Mike walked along the hard shoulder of the highway.
She said: & # 39; His features were twisted in a screaming cry, his eyes were closed, and his mouth was wide open. & # 39;
She marked a car and the driver called an ambulance. Paramedics treated Mike with heated packages and, when his temperature returned to normal, he was discharged.
Helen cycles ahead in China. The couple took a break from their tour because of the effect of Brexit on the pound, but are planning to fill in the gaps & # 39; and to travel to New Zealand
Helen in Thailand. The young woman said their journey really put her relationship with Mike to the test
The couple decided to continue to Denver, Colorado, but once there Mike felt good enough to get on his bike again.
They cycled to Canada and then flew to France and returned home in August 2018 via Switzerland, Luxembourg and Belgium.
& # 39; The Brexit voice reduced our purchasing power, so we had to interrupt our journey & # 39 ;, Helen said. & # 39; We have missed New Zealand. & # 39;
The couple had difficulty adapting to home life when they returned. & # 39; It was very difficult, & # 39; said Helen.
& # 39; Part of me was happy to rest from cycling, it was not like I still wanted to do it every day. However, we have missed that freedom.
A sunny day in Vietnam. While they are struggling to adapt to their lives in the UK, the couple, who now live in Edinburgh, have not hung up the bikes yet
Mile (center) and Helen (right) after their return to the UK with their families. The couple writes a book about the experience
& # 39; When we were on the bike, all we had to do was worry about what we were eating, where we went to sleep, and where we were going. & # 39;
The couple intends to fill & # 39; the gaps & # 39; from their epic global journey and want to cycle New Zealand.
They don't regret the journey and insist that they do it again – but added that cycling around the world was not for everyone.
Mike said: & # 39; Only do it if you like each other and like cycling even more. & # 39;
Helen said: & # 39; It is really a difficult question about a relationship. You must be open to many compromises and understanding. But if someone gave me unlimited money, I would do it again in a heartbeat. & # 39;
Helen and Mike are now writing a book about their experiences.
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