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Bride sets groom a tough challenge – 'cycle 10,000 miles or I won't marry you'

by December 23, 2016 General

A newlywed couple cycled 10,000 miles around the world on a tandem – after the bride made it her condition for saying ‘yes’.

Tom, 31, and Cherry Ely, 34, returned home just in time for Christmas from their epic ten-month long journey which saw them cycle across 19 countries.

The couple battled desert heat, sub-zero temperatures and illness.

The daring couple both quit their well-respected jobs and began the “adventure of a lifetime” by flying out to Singapore on February 1 this year.

The intrepid newlyweds finally return home to Bath after crossing Asia and Europe

Cherry demanded Tom join her on the ‘pilgrimage’ – or she wouldn’t marry him

But it had been a journey years in the making after Cherry said she would only accept Tom’s marriage proposal if he joined her on the ambitious “pilgrimage”.

Podiatrist Cherry had suggested walking the route but was persuaded to cycle instead after Tom estimated it would have taken around six years to complete.

They flew to Singapore to begin their epic tandem journey

Cherry had initially wanted to WALK the whole way until her new husband persuaded her otherwise

The couple from Bath, Somerset, tied the knot in March 2014 and have been planning the epic journey ever since.

Former social worker Tom said: “When I asked her to marry me she said this was ‘one of my ambitions’ and that she had wanted to do this pilgrimage for years.

The couple spent months preparing before quitting their jobs to embark on the adventure across countries including Laos, Kazakhstan and Turkey

“She said, If you want to marry me you need to know how important this is to me. She accepted and said ‘marriage is about compromise ’.”

The route saw the couple cycle across Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, France, and arrive back in the UK on December 20.