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Round-the-world cyclists killed in crash

An undated family photo shows Peter Root and Mary Thompson, who were killed in Thailand on Wednesday.

Jerry Root via Associated Press

An undated family photo shows Peter Root and Mary Thompson, who were killed in Thailand on Wednesday.

LONDON — A British couple’s round-the-world cycling odyssey ended in tragedy when both were killed in a road accident in Thailand.

Peter Root and Mary Thompson, who had been chronicling their journey in a blog, died Wednesday when they were hit by a pickup truck in a province east of Bangkok, Thai police said Monday.

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The couple, both 34 and from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, left Britain in July 2011 and had cycled through Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, and China.

The couple met in art school and spent six years saving money and planning their journey, said Jerry Root, Peter’s father. ‘‘They were both inspirational,’’ Root said. ‘‘They didn’t just talk about it, they did it. I couldn’t be prouder of them.’’

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He said both were experienced cyclists who knew the rigors and risks of extended bicycle travel.

The couple had been posting photos and details of their trip on the website Two on Four Wheels. They also had many followers on Twitter and Facebook who were tracing their journey and vicariously enjoying their adventure.

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