One Woman One Motorbike One World Trip
This week I would like to tell you about an amazing Advocate and friend for Rally4Life, Steph Jeavons, Rhonda, her Honda and her solo round the world trip.. Mark first met Steph on a 1600km Enduro ride in South Africa. It was the trip that inspired him to found the charity and focus on water issues, when he witnessed a village where 200 babies had just died of dysentery. I first met Steph in North Wales during an off road training day with Mick Extance, UK’s top Dakar rally biker. She was part of the training team and loving every minute, even the rain!
A short while later we were fortunate enough to be able to join the team once again, this time in Morocco. We were off-road training in the dunes of the Sahara. I have to say it was one of the best 2 weeks of my life despite the fact that it included some of the scariest and most challenging. I was the appointed support vehicle driver (Land Rover Defender) and when Mark broke his collarbone in a remote spot near the Algerian border I had to negotiate our way out through sandstorms and getting stuck in a river bed. It was a very macho trip, but Steph provided a balance that helped me feel as if I wasn’t in the way. She was just as tough as the guys but still maintained female common sense and a unobtrusive way of making sure everyone was looked after.
On March 23rd this year Steph embarked on an incredibly brave adventure, attempting to circumnavigate the world solo on a motorbike. Steph will become the second woman in the UK to make this solo journey. Elspeth Beard did it 30 years ago with no mobile phones and Internet to keep her in touch with her loved ones back home! Steph - being slightly on the competitive side - would love to become the first Brit to include all 7 continents. This has only ever been achieved by 4 other people in the world (that we know of).
However, like us, Steph believes there is more to life than indulging in adventures, and her mission is to raise $10,000 for Rally4Life. We feel incredibly honoured that she would choose to ride for us, and very excited to be part of the expedition. She will be visiting our charity partners FeViva when she reaches Guatemala. Following her updates on facebook and her blog has been so interesting and inspiring. She is currently in Penang, Malaysia, probably about halfway through her proposed route:
Wales/England/France/Belgium/Germany/Czech/Poland/Slovakia Hungary/Roumania/Bulgaria/Turkey/Iran/Pakistan India/Nepal/Bhutan/Burma/Laos/Vietnam/Cambodia Thailand/Malaysia/Indonesia/Borneo/Australia/NZ Chile/Peru/Ecuador/Columbia/Panama/Costa Rica/ Nicaragua/Honduras/Guatemala/Mexico/USA/Canada/ Africa - Either fly to North Africa if funds are low or to South and ride to North if funds allow. Spain/Portugal/France/England/Wales.
Iran was fascinating to me. You could sense her audience were following with trepidation but she met only respect and generosity. I think the chaos of India provided the major challenge so far, navigating such erratic traffic with a few festivals thrown in was intimidating at times. I already mentioned the word brave, but it takes more than that to succeed. Steph is resourceful, independent, focused and adaptable and we can’t wait to see her when she gets to Canada. Please follow along with her blog and on facebook, it will be the best armchair ride of your life!