An inspiring couple in their 60's traveled 12,000 miles in 16 countries from Britain to the Great Wall of China – riding their bikes halfway.
Grandparents Peter and Chris Lloyd began the epic journey of 18 months after & # 39; they decided to & # 39; do a little different & # 39; at retirement.
The ultra-fit OAP & # 39; s roamed cities, deserts, mountains and everything in between then & # 39; they roamed Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East.
Grandparents Peter and Chris Lloyd rode 12,000 miles in 16 countries from Britain to the Great Wall of China – riding their bike halfway. They are depicted here on the Great Wall
The ultra-fit OAP & # 39; s roamed cities, deserts, mountains and everything in between then & # 39; they roamed Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East. Chris is pictured here in China
Peter, 66, said that the moment they finally got a glimpse of & # 39; s iconic Great Wall after one and a half years of pedaling 30 miles per day & # 39; really emotional & # 39 ;. Chris is pictured here on & # 39; Pamir Highway
The married couple of 37 years feed themselves with local delicacies and spend most nights in a small tent where they could find shelter.
Peter, 66, said that the moment they finally got a glimpse of & # 39; s iconic Great Wall after one and a half years of pedaling 30 miles per day & # 39; really emotional & # 39 ;.
At the end of their journey, the unconventional couple from nearby Carlisle in Cumbria did not fly home, but instead opted to reserve a cabin in a 400m-long container ship.
Peter traveled down an icy road in Georgia in April 2018. He said, & # 39; You never know what the day will bring. All you know is that you will sit on your bike & # 39;
Peter said, & # 39; Every day is an adventure, every day is new and the feeling of being on the road with the sun shining and the world at your feet is amazing & # 39 ;. Pictured is one of their campsites in Tajikistan
The couple had many interesting meetings along the way, including with this scorpion in Kazakhstan
The couple's gruesome crawly encounter list also included this camel spider in Kazakhstan
The last leg was a three-week trip from Singapore across the Indian Ocean and into the Mediterranean before docking in Southampton.
Peter said, & # 39; You never know what the day will bring. All you know is that you will be on your bike and cycling.
& # 39; Every day is an adventure, every day is new and the feeling of being on the road with the sun shining and the world at your feet is amazing.
Some parts of & # 39; travel were a little too rough for bikes, like this place in Tajikistan
The roads in Kazakhstan were abandoned, as this brilliant image created in June 2018 shows
The Pamir Highway landscape was jaw-dropping. This image of Chris taken there in July 2018
The couple acknowledged that the trip included some & # 39; test times & # 39; rounded up. Pictured is Chris on the Pamir Highway
The couple had all the space in the world to compete in Tajikistan. This image was taken in August 2018
Roughly: In China, the couple pitched their tent in a restless tunnel
Conditions in northern China were sometimes bitterly cold. This image was taken in November 2018
Smiles Better: Finishing in China with Jane Fulbrook (China's Second Secretary)
Of course there were test times along the way, so living with such strange places didn't always have to be the easiest.
& # 39; Overall, the experience was absolutely incredible. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; If we can, just about anyone can do it. & # 39;
At the end of their journey, the unconventional couple from nearby Carlisle in Cumbria did not fly home, but instead opted to book a cabin in a 400m-long container ship
The couple posed for the container ship that would take them home
The couple rode on the container ship in Singapore, which eventually docked in Southampton
Peter and Chris initially stopped driving from Britain to the Great Wall in January 2017, but were forced home after a freak accident of two months and 1,000 miles.
They had been cycling all the way to Hungary when Peter slipped on tiles at a health spa and broke his femur, requiring a large metal plate and screws to be inserted into his leg.
After seven months of recovery, in October 2017, the couple resumed, from & # 39; the original launch line in Cumbria.
Among their highlights was traveling along the beautiful 600-kilometer-long Pamir Highway in Tajikistan and enjoying & # 39; s culture in Turkey.
After arriving in China in November last year, Peter and Chris traveled through Southeast Asia in Singapore, where they boarded the container ship.
In the end, both Peter and Chris agreed that the best part of the whole trip was witnessing the friendliness of strangers along the way, many of whom were inviting the couple over for dinner and drinks.
A card with the incredible journey of the couple. The top line shows the route that the couple had to leave in Hungary
No one is a very experienced cyclist yet, but they have warmed up to this challenge by cycling home from Greece in 2015.
Chris, 64, said: & # 39; We felt very fortunate that we had the time to do it and we were able to do it ourselves as well.
& # 39; It was a wonderful experience, especially wonderful because of the great people we & # 39; ve met along the way. & # 39;
She added: & # 39; We are not super fit, but we could bike and we thought if we did it slowly we would eventually get there. & # 39;
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