Mike and Helen Langridge live in Edinburgh. Mike, 32, is a solicitor and Helen, 30, works for an outdoors clothing company

When Helen considered on Mike’s Tinder profile that he was a keen cyclist and wanted to cycle around the world, she moved him a content.” I said:’ When are we leaving ?’,” she remembers,” and he said:’ How about Tuesday ?'”

When they met up in a saloon a few weeks later, in January 2016, they talked about the excursion.” It was, initially,’ Wouldn’t it be funny? How would you do it ?’,” says Helen.” It was on the second date that it started to be a bit more:’ Why shouldn’t we do it ?’ We weren’t joyou with our professions, and we had no responsibilities to hold us back .”

After four weeks they only a duet, and after five months they moved in together, mainly to save money. They sold everything merit selling, and stopped expend. Mike was working long hours as a trainee attorney, but took an night place in a restaurant. Helen cultivated in a medical lab and rewrote medical mentions in the evenings. In November 2016, Mike nominated, and in April 2017, they started on their round-the-world cycle ride. They left on a Tuesday.

” Lots of parties would say to us, especially when we’d been on the road for a while,’ That must be like 10 years of wedding condensed into 18 months ,'” says Mike.” In a direction it was, because we expended every day together .”

They didn’t cycle side by side the whole way.” We would only rarely lose sight of each other, but it didn’t mean we were always in communication every second of the day ,” says Helen.” Occasionally I missed some of my own age, but even then I was like:’ Don’t go too far .'”

They got to know each other, and themselves.” It was a big lesson in endanger, communication and listening ,” says Mike.” Not just what someone was saying, but all the non-verbal things: is Helen tired? Is she accentuated? She’s saying we can go on, but does she mean it ?”

And they looked each other during extreme moments. Cycling across Australia- in 40 C hot, into a headwind that intended they couldn’t hurtle more than six miles an hour- was the most brutal time, physically and mentally.” For weeks on end , good-for-nothing changed ,” says Helen.” We both greeted very differently to release that stress .”

Helen cried every day; Mike tended to bottle up his excitements, but, after a minor discrepancy, had a meltdown.” It’s probably quite a rare thing better understand a partner ,” says Helen.” I approximate not many beings event that kind of extreme to know how the other person would react .”

Moving on to the US, they cycled from San Diego to Yosemite national park, where they got married.” I conclude by then we’d done a year and about 12,000 miles ,” says Mike.” We were like:’ We’ll be fine; we’ll still love each other enough to to enter into marriage .'” Their parents and a couple of friends flew out, then Mike and Helen carried on. It was about a month later that Mike virtually died of hypothermia in the Rockies.” That was our honeymoon ,” he says with a small laugh.

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Helen and Mike got married in Yosemite national park. Photograph: John Johnston Photography/ Provided by Helen Langridge

They had left Salt Lake City and were cycling along the hard shoulder of the interstate highway when a cyclone came in. Within minutes the temperature had dropped to about 4C and there was nowhere to shelter. Helen was in front.” Over the racket of the traffic I hear him shout, so I turned around and he had his eyes closed but he was screaming and crying, and he wasn’t really with it. I don’t know how he hadn’t already cycled into traffic because he was weaving along the hard shoulder with his eyes closed. I put my motorcycle, and caught him. His body was bending over the bike and I couldn’t unfurl him .” She turns to him.” You weren’t responding to me .”

She waved a gondola down and a person helped lag Mike off the bike and get him into the car to try and warm him up until the ambulance arrived.

After Mike recovered, they cycled on through Canada, and two months later flew to France and induced their mode back home, arrived here the UK in August last year. Was it hard to get back to a more normal life?” It’s almost like it never happened ,” says Helen.” All those stunning ordeals and situates and people, it’s like it never happened .” Mike had the harder project, she says, going back to work so quickly.

There are new adventures, though of a more stationary kind( they are buying their first live ). Everything in their relationship until now had been focused on the errand, says Helen- either planning it, or on it.” I think there was a risk that our relationship was so based around that trip that it could have fallen apart formerly we came home ,” she says.” But it’s very naturally changed into a relationship at home .”

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