The End of the Road

It’s been four and a half years since Keith and I gave up our jobs and first began pedalling. We’ve pedalled over 47,000km through over 30 countries and had more life-enhancing experiences than we ever imagined possible – most notably learning to dive and becoming scuba instructors. It has been an extraordinary, life-changing voyage of discovery for both of us, but the time has come to go our separate ways. This will be the final post from us as the Threewheeling Team.

We’ve had high points (4,114m above sea level in Western Sichuan, China), we’ve had low points (approx 100m below sea level, in the Turpan Basin, China), we’ve gone quickly (100km/h downhill in Kyrgyzstan) and we’ve gone slowly (5 to 6km/h on many, many hills especially northern Vietnam, and Yorkshire which nearly beat us!), our biggest descent had us cover 55km in just over one hour (descending into the Turpan Basin in China), while our biggest ascent (65km & 2,400m of climbing in Kyrgyzstan) took about 1½ days to complete. We’ve had it cold (-10oC in the tent one night at 3,700m in Kyrgyzstan) and we’ve had it hot (40oC+ in the shade while on the steep climbs of northern Laos); we’ve had it wet (in the monsoon in Cambodia) and we’ve had it dry (in the Taklamakan desert of northern China). And of course we’ve met so many people from so many different backgrounds and made so many new friends.

We’d like to thank everyone who has taken the time to share our journey, both in the real world and online. It was talking to other cycle tourists that first got us thinking about doing our own trip, and reading other people’s blogs that gave us ideas and tips for how to do it. We initially set off with the idea of travelling for 6-12 months, but that soon seemed far too limiting.  And now, since passing our scuba instructor exams in May/June this year, diving has given us a means to support ourselves as we transition from doing a trip to travelling (and diving) as a way of life.

If our story has encouraged anyone else to follow their own dreams then that makes us very happy.

Whilst it is the end of the road for us as a tandem team, it’s not the end of either of our individual journeys. At present we are back in the UK disentangling our affairs, but both intend to continue our diving and cycle-touring lives independently in 2016.

Thanks again for taking the time to read our blog. Here are a few final pictures from the last few months on Gili Meno, Indonesia (no cycling as we’ve been diving):

Still damp from the final stage of the highly stressful 2-day Instructor Examination, a very relieved and jubilant Tamar with the incomparable Holly Macleod, our Course Director.

Still damp from the final stage of the highly stressful 2-day Instructor Examination, a very relieved and somewhat stunned Tamar with the incomparable Holly Macleod, Course Director.

Celebrating with Judith, who took us through our Advanced Open Water, Wreck Specialty and Divemaster training back in 2013 on Koh Tao. Nice to catch up!

Celebrating with Judith, who took us through our Advanced Open Water, Wreck Specialty and Divemaster training back in 2013 on Koh Tao. Nice to catch up!

Blue Marlin Dive, our "office" on Gili Meno.

Blue Marlin Dive, our “office” on Gili Meno.

Keith with his first '4 pack' of Open Water students.

Keith with his first ‘4 pack’ of Open Water students.

Breaking fast in Mataram with our Muslim colleagues at the end of Ramadan.

The Indonesian equivalent of the office Xmas party: Breaking fast at the end of Ramadan over in ‘the big smoke’ of Mataram on Lombok.

Some of the crew at Blue Marlin Dive.

Some of the totally awesome crew at Blue Marlin Dive.

Looking across from Gili Meno to Mount Rinjani on Lombok.

Looking across from Gili Meno to Mount Rinjani on Lombok.

12 responses to “The End of the Road

  1. Dear Tamar and Keith, Thank you for undertaking this fantastic journey and for the many wonderful descriptions as well as photos. You have taken us with you and we have so enjoyed the ride! You MUST write a book! Whatever you both do in the future, we wish you every joy and success. Much love and admiration. Mary and Will xx

  2. sad to here this. If you are back in the Uk have you brought the pino back and what will you do with it?

  3. Hi, remember me? I met you in Vietnam with JJ a couple years ago? Did i read right, that you and Keith are breaking up? After 4 1/2 years of this extraordinary experience?! NO, it cant be! Lynn

  4. Hey guys, Welcome back!! I guess life’s never going to seem the same again but if you want/need to reconnect with the old way of living, get in touch yeah?? Tons of love to both of you and really hope to see you soon. Edith xxxxxxxxx

    • Hi Edith,
      Great to hear from you and yes, I hope to catch up with the CMC guys perhaps before Christmas at the Dog & Bull. Thanks for now, and hope to see you soon too.
      Keith

      • Fab you’re thinking of coming to a CMC ‘do’ before Christmas.
        We’re at the D and B this Wed then the next one is the Xmas party on Wed 9th Dec followed by the Christmas walk from Godstone the following Sunday. Be there or be er, missed!! Edith xxxx

  5. Hi Tamar and Keith,
    It’s nice to hear from you again.
    Congratulation to a new instructor of scube diving. You are so kind and beautiful :-)
    My husband and I recently went to Koh Tao to learn free diving and it reminds me my first open water courses with you.
    Hope you enjoy your work and life where ever you go and what ever you do. Hang Nguyen

  6. You’ve obvioulsy had an amazing journey, and your brilliant blog has allowed us all to vicariously share the experience. Many, many thanks for that and good luck to both of you in whatever you do next.

  7. Hi Tamar and Keith,

    Thank you both so much for sharing your wonderful travel adventures.
    It was as if I was travelling along and experiencing the different places, people and cultures while reading the blogs.
    If you do decide to write a book or e-book please let me know. It is something I will treasure and recommend to friends, family and so on.
    Big Hugs
    Andree
    Xx

  8. Dear Keith and Tamar,

    Not very good at keeping in touch but now that you are back I hope to see you soon.
    I would be interested too, in case you decide to write a book of your amazing adventures.
    Maybe see you at the Christmas CMC Indoor meet on the 9th?
    Love to both,
    Paola xx

  9. Congratulations on becoming SCUBA instructors. I’ve done that exam and it is not a walk in the park. If either of you are passing through Oman, drop me a line. There is some wonderful diving here…

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