Comments: 235 • Responses: 88 • Date: 2013-06-27 18:11:12 UTC
jujola36 karma2013-06-27 18:53:29 UTC
The moment I stopped anywhere, I'd be swarmed by giant mobs of men standing around me just staring. It was very intimidating. Once the police had to come in with batons to break them up. Even while moving, they'd follow me in big groups on motorbikes for miles. I counteracted this by acting as aggressive as I could. Sometimes I'd shout at them like a crazy woman.
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jujola32 karma2013-06-27 18:23:55 UTC
Thanks! I think the scariest experience was getting stuck in the mountains in New Zealand after dark, with 170 kmph winds, without a navigator and no idea where the next town was. STarted to get hypothermia as I was underdressed and the temperatures dropped. Couldn't ride as the winds were so strong, they were lifting my bike in the air. Fortunately came on a lovely old couple in a camper van by the roadside who rescued me. Too me in for the night and fed me whiskey and sausages. I can now change a tire in under 3 minutes...
jujola30 karma2013-06-27 19:08:54 UTC
Yeah, I figured as much, so I wasn't too offended, but it was very uncomfortable. However, with that in mind, I did wear longer trousers over my cycle shorts to try not to look too provocative. But yeh, you don't see women on bikes in general across Asia, however the Malaysians and Thais were a lot more polite about it.
I'm fairly certain if they'd laid a finger on me, I'd have trashed them first. ;p
jujola27 karma2013-06-27 18:21:22 UTC
Only in India. It was perhaps the only country that I felt continually unsafe the entire time I was there.
jujola18 karma2013-06-27 18:46:08 UTC
jujola18 karma2013-06-27 19:17:14 UTC
Curiosity and generosity.
jujola17 karma2013-06-27 18:19:06 UTC
Apart from the Thai stalker who followed me a few hours on a red scooter, the majority of people were wonderful. I think we only hear the bad stories, so the world appears a lot more dangerous than is the reality. All through Australia, the locals kept telling me how dangerous it was for a woman traveling alone, and I heard horror stories ad infinitum, yet Australia was also the country I had people chasing me down the road to hand me money, and who were the very helpful.
jujola17 karma2013-06-27 18:24:41 UTC
Sorry, only saw the second part. I think the biggest challenge towards the end was the extreme mental fatigue.
jujola16 karma2013-06-27 19:20:56 UTC
The people are some of the nicest I met in all my travels. The food's great, prices are cheap, the country is full of incredible history. Plus, I think it's even more interesting now with all that's going on in Istanbul atm.
jujola16 karma2013-06-27 18:32:19 UTC
The idea kinda evolved out of many things, but in the end the main thing that made me decide to go for it was finding through research that no woman had ever made a record for cycling the world. I wanted to find out why. At the end of it all, I can honestly say, it still baffles me why no female record had been made before. We have the perfect bodies for endurance sport. Perhaps the danger factor is what contributed to this. I hope after this more woman will go for it.
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