Grandma- to- be Rides Around the Globe
On the India- leg of her biking adventure, takes a short break to chat with
The only thing I fear is fear itself,” says Welsh grandma- to- be Steph Jeavons, who kick- started her attempt to circumnavigate the world with Rhonda, her trusty 250 CRF Honda, at the Ace Cafe, London, a little over three months ago ( 23rd March 2014). She’s travelling with 35 kgs of bare essentials— primarily a two- man tent, a stove, a few trousers and t- shirts as well as layered jackets ( for both the warm and cold countries). Currently riding towards the Himalayas ( through Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Amritsar and Leh), she rode through France, Belgium, Germany, The Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey and Iran, and sailed to Dubai, before flying to Mumbai.
While she’s targeting between 15 months and 2 years, to cover 7 continents, 42 countries and around 40,000 miles, on a daily budget of £ 5 for food, she’s hoping to make it to Ushuaia, South America, by the end of January to catch the yacht she has chartered to Antarctica. Of course, her making it that far is contingent on the generosity of strangers, sponsors, the ever- supportive global community of motorcyclists, and her own indomitable spirit and innovative thinking.
Appropriately swaddled in a hijab clamped to her head with hair clips, she has ridden through Iran, whose women are still not allowed to drive, dodging dust- devils and tumbleweed on her way to Persepolis. She’s run out of petrol on a road where only diesel was sold, and on another where no plastic ( credit/ debit cards) was accepted. Her tent and compressor have been stolen off the front of her bike. She’s learned that sometimes places aren’t as good as they look on the map. She has survived a night of camping on a supposed minefield in Iran that locals told her was once part of Iraq, and eaten eggs and tea prof- fered by the said locals. Taxi drivers in a few countries have attempted to swindle her. She found crucial bike paperwork missing in Dubai. Her bike was given a tour of Delhi, Chicago and Hyderabad, while she waited rather anxiously for it to be flown into Mumbai. Get- ting Rhonda through customs could have been another ordeal, if not for her tact and some helpful officials who, “got it out in the fastest time, it has ever taken to get something out of there”.
Steph, who would like to be, the first Britisher to ride across all seven continents on her own, and all in one go, tells us, “this ride has restored my faith in humanity”. Read more online at dnai. in/ cfZG.
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