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

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

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

After four weeks these people are 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 enterprise in a restaurant. Helen operated in a medical laboratory and rewrote medical greenbacks in the nights. In November 2016, Mike purported, and in April 2017, they started on their round-the-world cycle ride. They left on a Tuesday.

” Lots of people would say to us, specially 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 route it was, because we 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 exchange every second of the day ,” says Helen.” Rarely I wanted some of my own epoch, 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 emphasized? She’s saying we can go on, but does she necessitate it ?”

And they investigated one another during extreme minutes. Cycling across Australia- in 40 C heat, into a headwind that meant they couldn’t circulate more than six miles an hour- was the most brutal time, physically and psychologically.” For weeks on end , good-for-nothing changed ,” says Helen.” We both acted very differently to liberate that stress .”

Helen cried every day; Mike tended to bottle up his ardours, but, after a child objection, had a meltdown.” It’s probably quite a rare thing to learn about a partner ,” says Helen.” I guess not many beings experience 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 got married.” I think by then we’d done a year and about 12,000 miles ,” says Mike.” We were like:’ We’ll is a good one; we’ll still love each other 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 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 fallen to about 4C and there was nowhere to shelter. Helen was in front.” Over the racket 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 put 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 waved a car down and a follower helped draw Mike off the bicycle 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 realise their mode 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 astonishing events and places and parties, 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 kind( they are buying their first room ). Everything in their relationship until now had been focused on the excursion, says Helen- either planning it, or on it.” I think there was a risk that our relationship was so based around that tour that it could have fallen apart once we is coming ,” she says.” But it’s very naturally transform into a relationship at home .”

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