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Seeking adventure and challenge, I left London in early 2019 hoping to cycle to Australia. What I didn’t expect was a global pandemic to derail that. I maintained the same positive outlook throughout and, while I’m still not back in Australia yet. The adventure continues.

I’m writing blog posts on my cycle tour from London to Tbilisi in retrospect. Posts cover everything from cycle touring tips to my thoughts and learnings along the way. Feel free to reach out.

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Fethiye and a sharp left

I skipped the Marmaris peninsula in favour of Fethiye, not sure why to be honest. I decided I couldn’t do both so I opted for Fethiye instead. It’s supposed to be a scenic area and a popular spot with hippie tourists. I did my usual local sightseeing around Fethiye, swam at the beach and found …

Tur(kish)quoise coast

I had envisaged quiet coastal roads and finding secret hidden coves along the south coast of Turkey. I definitely did a terrible job of finding both of these (note to self: must cycle Turkey again), but I still loved the small section of the coastline I cycled.   I decided my next city stop would be Akyaka, …

But is it safe? – perspectives from a solo female cyclist

Within the first few minutes of meeting someone the inevitable question pops up, ‘But is it safe to be cycling on your own?’. As the months passed, I began to get a bit annoyed with this question. Purely because, it’s hard to answer.   During the planning process for the trip, I considered the cultural differences …

About

A reluctant blogger

I never intended to write a blog about my journey back to Australia by bike. I told everyone ‘No, the trip is for me I don’t want to spend my downtime updating a blog’, and there’s bucket loads of blogs out there anyway. However my feelings have changed and that’s not due to the extra time I now have due to COVID-19. There are solo female cycle tourers out there, but I did find them a drop in the ocean when looking for advice from women for women. So I’m hoping that stories from my experience can be helpful to others.



Who am I?

I am Lauren an average everyday woman in my early 30’s, cycling back to Australia. I finished secondary education and went straight to university. Always very driven I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the environmental sector, and had a particular interest in invasive species management. I worked for various councils and state government departments, revegetating riparian areas, educating the public and planning and conducting pest surveillance programs over the course of 8 years. Work is important to me and I personally need to enjoy what I do, but there really is more to life than work.

I’m fascinated by the boundaries humans can push and the mental process required for that. I’ve always found it interesting how a hiking trip could be a miserable disaster, yet in retrospect you have fond memories of it.

I prefer the company of furry creatures from the animal kingdom over people, and am a strong supporter of the rights of women and girls. I am passionate about promoting cycling as an environmentally friendly and socially pleasant mode of transport or travel.

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