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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 …

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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.