One Pedal, One Pedal!

When I first mentioned attempting this trip to a friend I was given maximum encouragement and a question – ‘how?’

My response to her was the same as it had been to everyone else – ‘its just one pedal then one pedal – millions of times’!!

The basis of this is from the saying – “a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step”.


There are already times that this feels achievable and that the steps or pedals taken seem smooth and then there are other times when I feel like I am ‘not the sort of person who can do this’.

Luckily for me at these times, because cycling is such a bodily activity, my physical self just keeps Tilly going whilst the other bit of me is thinking about being cold/tired/lonely/hungry/worried and not able to ‘do this’! Until I pull myself back together.

In addition to this I have a great collection of tangible reminders from friends and family at home – amongst them a travelling stone, 2 turtles (slow steady wins the race!) and Tilly’s headset top – an essential bit of kit and one I see everytime I get my head down either for a long climb or because I’m having a strop.


I cannot be sad with this view of Tilly let alone all the amazing views I have already been part of and the ones yet to be encountered.



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British born, longterm in the nomadic life. In Bath it was boats. Currently its bikes. The eternal search for a place called home but not with any sense of sadness. The joy derived from the journey is incredible. Following my passions for visual and linguistic narration I am writing and snapping my way across the planet, one pedal at a time. Contact me and let's see what we can collaborate on!

8 thoughts on “One Pedal, One Pedal!”

  1. Crazy lady! I expect to see photos of you doing the polka in far flung lands. How long do you envisage the journey taking? We’re just having a massive party for our significant birthdays. Love you lots from the Starrs xxx


  2. YEAH!!! So pleased to see you here/there! I’ve been wondering about you! Reg has just flopped on my lap, he must be curious too! Hope your trip continues most fantastically lovely, hooraysies for yousies!!! Xxxxxx


  3. Dear Rae,
    I’m so sorry that I’m writing to you so late, but I was very busy. I’d like know how are you ? I wish you health, happiness and happy end to your trip.


    1. Hi Kristyna, all is well with me – Im sorry I take so long to reply! Leaving Budapest today and am trying to get the photos of the wonderful time I spent at Vera’s house done … great memories! xxx


  4. Hey wild child,
    Great to see you’re out there, most people your age are imploding!
    If you ever reach watery stuff again, I’ve always got room for a bike.
    Love and the good stuff


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