The Outdoors Station

No 512 - Ready Steady Slow - Pt1

Episode Summary

Let me introduce you to Nikki Ray who between August 2018 and May 2019 cycled solo, carrying all her belongings (including a ukulele), from Santander in Spain to Accra in Ghana covering 10,000km in total. She wanted to arrive in Ghana before her 30th birthday using her own leg power…and she did!

Episode Notes

Let me introduce you to Nikki Ray who between August 2018 and May 2019 cycled solo, carrying all her belongings (including a ukulele), from Santander in Spain to Accra in Ghana covering 10,000km in total.

She wanted to arrive in Ghana before her 30th birthday using her own leg power…and she did!

The last few years before starting this trip she had been working as a cycling instructor in London. She did her first solo cycle tour in the Scottish Highlands in 2015.

As an adult she had long been interested in travelling overland, rather than flying, because you get to experience how the landscape and people change, in a significantly less polluting way than flying. She often combined cycling and trains/coaches to travel around in Europe.

Before this trip she had cycled in England, Scotland, France and Switzerland as short trips so this was to be her biggest adventure yet.

She decided to refer to this journey as Ready Steady Slow as she didn’t want to rush to Ghana without taking in everything that was happening around her on the way.