Travel News: British Couple Killed in Thailand While On Round-the-World Bike Trip

Posted February 20, 2013 by Nellie Huang in Blog

Peter and Mary - two on four wheels

Last Wednesday, a British couple on a round-the-world cycling tour were killed in an accident in Thailand. Peter Root and Mary Thompson were both artists, aged 34 from Guernsey in the Channel Islands. They’d set off on an adventure around the world in July 2011 and had cycled through Europe, the Middle East and China – including a number of danger areas like Iran and Afghanistan. The couple wrote about their adventures on their travel blog,  Two on Four Wheels.

They were in their 23rd country when tragedy struck.  70 miles east of Bangkok in Phanom Sarakham, Chachoengsaout, the couple were run over by the driver of a pick-up truck while on their bikes.

According to Daily Mail, “Thailand is well known for its perilous roads, with more than 13,000 killed and almost 1million injured each year in accidents.” The 25-year-old driver has been released on bail but now faces charges of vehicular manslaughter, which is subhected to a maximum sentence of ten years in Thailand.

It’s a sad ending to a great adventure. Tom Waugh dedicated this video below to the couple, as a tribute to their love for adventure and life. We send our deepest condolences to their family, may peace be with you.


Pete and Mary, RIP from Tom Waugh on Vimeo.

About the Author

Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of WildJunket. As a professional travel writer with a special interest in offbeat destinations, she has written for numerous publications including CNN, International Business Times, BBC, Wend, and Lonely Planet. In her quest for adventure, she’s climbed an active volcano in Guatemala, swam with sea lions in the Galapagos, played with lemurs in Madagascar and cruised alongside penguins in Antarctica.

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