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

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

When they met up in a saloon a week later, in January 2016, they talked about the trip.” 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 happy with our undertakings, and we had no responsibilities to hold us back .”

After four weeks they were a duet, and after five months they moved in together, mainly to save money. They sold everything value selling, and stopped expend. Mike was working long hours as a trainee solicitor, but took an night job in a eatery. Helen ran in a medical lab and rewrote medical observes 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 matrimony condensed into 18 months ,'” says Mike.” In a behavior it was, since we are expended every day together .”

They didn’t cycle side by side the whole way.” We would very rarely lose sight of each other, but it didn’t mean we were always in speech every second of the working day ,” says Helen.” Rarely I missed some of my own experience, 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 settlement, communication and listening ,” says Mike.” Not just what someone was saying, but all the non-verbal things: is Helen tired? Is she emphasized? She’s saying we can go on, but does she signify it ?”

And they determined each other during extreme minutes. Cycling across Australia- in 40 C hot, into a headwind that intended they couldn’t walk more than six miles per hour- was the most brutal time, physically and psychologically.” For weeks on end , good-for-nothing converted ,” says Helen.” We both greeted very differently to secrete that stress .”

Helen cried every day; Mike tended to bottle up his excitements, but, after a minor gap, had a meltdown.” It’s probably quite a rare thing to learn about a partner ,” says Helen.” I guess not many parties ordeal that kind of extreme to know how the other person would act .”

Moving on to the US, they cycled from San Diego to Yosemite national park, where they were married.” I make by then we’d done a year and about 12,000 miles ,” says Mike.” We were like:’ We’ll be fine; we’ll still be loved enough to get married .'” Their parents and a couple of friends flew out, then Mike and Helen carried on. It was about a month later that Mike practically 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 commotion came in. Within minutes the temperature had fallen to about 4C and there was nowhere to shelter. Helen was in front.” Over the noise of the traffic I listen 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 dropped my bicycle, and caught him. His body was curling over the bike and I couldn’t unfurl him .” She turns to him.” You weren’t reacting to me .”

She motioned a vehicle down and a soldier facilitated lag Mike off the motorcycle 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 cleared their road back home, arriving in 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 astounding know-hows and plazas and people, it’s like it never happened .” Mike had the harder enterprise, she says, going back to work so quickly.

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

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