From Cumbria to China: Wall to Wall odyssey by bicycle in 13 months

English couple in the 60s tell of their journey from Hadrian's Wall to Great Wall of China

Mr Llyod cycling up a motorway in Athens, Greece. Some parts of the journey can be surreal for him, like cycling on long, empty roads in the Gobi Desert. Mr Paul Llyod and his wife Christine, with their trusty bikes that took them across continents:
Mr Paul Llyod and his wife Christine, with their trusty bikes that took them across continents: From their small town in Cumbria near Hadrian's Wall, England, to the Great Wall of China.PHOTO: JOY PANG
Mr Llyod cycling up a motorway in Athens, Greece. Some parts of the journey can be surreal for him, like cycling on long, empty roads in the Gobi Desert. Mr Paul Llyod and his wife Christine, with their trusty bikes that took them across continents:
Mr Llyod cycling up a motorway in Athens, Greece. Some parts of the journey can be surreal for him, like cycling on long, empty roads in the Gobi Desert. PHOTO: JOY PANG

While cycling in Tajikistan in Central Asia, craftsman Paul Lloyd and his wife Christine came face to face with the infamous 5km Anzob Tunnel.

They had been warned by other cyclists not to go through the "Tunnel of Death" because it was "narrow, with lorries going both ways in the darkness".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 28, 2019, with the headline 'Wall to Wall odyssey by bicycle in 13 months'. Subscribe