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The world at 15mph

So, aged 36, an ex career girl plans an adventure. With trepidation at stepping out of the rat race this site documents not only a bike ride around the world but a personal journey and reflection on people, priorities and whatever comes to mind.

2012 will be the ride of my life. Having signed up for a supported world cycle trip – now cancelled – a mission has begun. Routes, flights and even a companion all need to be sought…… bring on the adventure!

So,  it’s time to start planning and see what happens next…… tips, comments and encouragement would be much appreciated.



  1. Hi Naomi, really good chatting to you tonight at the triodos launch; looking at my desk and list of “To Do’s” really envious of your plans – kind of wished I’d taken some time out before setting up this venture – in too deep now! . Sounds like a great adventure – go for it I wish you well.


  2. Hi Naomi – Sally sent me the link to your blog as she thought I would like to read about your trip… Sounds like a brilliant adventure, and if I wasnt off sailing round the world then would love to sign up to travel with you… Hope you have a great time and I will look forward to reading about your adventures! Lucy

    • A few friends have remarked that I should get a pedlo for the water sections…. I think i’ll stick to G and T style sailing however… when does your trip start? Pretty cool too eh?

  3. This is awsome Nao, let me know the detailed itinerary and I’ll see if I can join you for a few days.

    Preferably in a warm country with a strong reputation for good red wine!

    • cool… look up tour d’afrique…. you can sign up for stages of that trip…. maybe the end in south africa would meet the red wine requirements!! pacific coast highway if you prefer californian… my experience of wine in india is very very bad indeed!

  4. Dear God Daughter -What on earth/heaven possessed you to do this then??? Knowing you, you will have a great time – take plenty of vaseline and padding for the sensitive areas!!

    Stay safe – dond’t forget to phone home.

  5. Naomi, am so envious, you will have the most amazing adventure and you have the true black country spirit /grit going for you. Take care and be safe on your travels. God speed. hehehehehhe

  6. Hi Naomi,

    Best of luck with your venture – have you ever read Josie Dew’s books ‘The Wind in My Wheels’ and ‘Travels in a Strange State’ (eight months travelling around the US by bike). Might be worth a read anyway? Have fun – I look forward to keeping up with your writings.

    • hey sigi – cheers… i don’t have travels in s atrange state but do have wind in my wheels…. just finished reading alastair humphreys first book…. also a great read – makes a girl even more excited about her trip!

  7. Some obstacles just make winners more determined than ever to succeed! I look forward to following your adventure Red… wish you the time of your life!

  8. Wow Naomi, you are going to have the most amazing experience, perhaps you could go round twice, you may never want to come back. Keep me posted, I’m supporting you all the way. X

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About bikemind

I have spent the past 16 years working hard and building my way up a career ladder: completing my MBA then getting my first CEO role. After 5 years of that I am now embarking on a dream and a new adventure. I have to date cycled in France, Canada, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Lands End to John O'Groats is my longest trip to date. Now 5 months in I have cycled west coast America, Japan, Nepal and India.