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British couple who enjoyed an epic two-year honeymoon riding 20,000 miles around the world on a tandem bike are finally home

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Most newlyweds whisk themselves away to a beach, or retreat to a luxurious hotel room. But Kat and Steve Turner took a slightly different approach. After tying the knot in April 2012 in New Zealand they embarked on a two-year honeymoon, riding 20,000 miles around the globe on a tandem.

Yesterday, the intrepid couple finally set foot on British soil after travelling 674 days through rainforests, deserts, floods and even earthquakes.

Their journey took them through New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Greece, Italy and France. Oh…forgot to mention Mrs Turner had never ridden a bike before.

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Their mammoth 30,500km route, raising money for development charity Practical Action, saw them climbing a total elevation of 249,365m - the equivalent of Everest 28 times.

Mr Turner, 34, suffered a terrible episode of heat exhaustion in Cambodia and Kat fractured her knee-cap after they hit a railway track in the Australian Outback.

They were in the eastern Chinese town of Dingxi when an earthquake hit, killing 95 people in July last year, and were regularly challenged by officials in the strict country.

Speaking during the trip, Steve said Kyrgyzstan was the highlight. The teacher said: 'It was a great experience because we didn't know what to expect as we'd never heard of it before and couldn't even spell it.

The mountains were stunning, the nomadic people on horseback were friendly, it was interesting to see yurts being packed up for the winter and we spent peaceful nights camping under the stars. 'The sight of us two on our huge tandem and trailer makes people laugh. People are excited to talk to us about our trip. 'We've been completely taken aback by the many acts of kindness we have received, from being handed a chocolate bar or cold drink out of the window of a passing vehicle, to being warmly welcomed into the homes of strangers and fed wonderful meal.

 

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