Saturday, February 16, 2013
British Cycling Couple killed in crash
A British couple who are on a cycling around the world adventure have been killed in a crash in Thailand.
Peter Root and Mary Thompson, both 34, were riding their bikes near the capital Bangkok when they were run over by a pick-up truck.
The couple, from Guernsey, were both talented artists and had set off on their global trip in July 2011.
They were in their 23rd country when the tragedy struck, having already cycled through Europe, the Middle East and China.
Mr Root’s devastated father Jerry yesterday described them as a “golden couple” who “loved life”.
His mum Marian said they had insisted on cycling all the way, despite having to travel through a number of danger hotspots including Iran and Afghanistan.
The couple posted their travel journal, photographs and short films from the 23 countries they had visited on their website "Two on four wheels."
Mr Root was born in Jersey but grew up in Guernsey. Ms Thompson was originally from Bristol. They met 14 years ago at art college in Falmouth, Cornwall.