The point from which we’re chatting to her now, half way through a solo adventure, pushing herself thousands of miles across multiple countries with only her bike for company, shows he amazing career that Laura has succeeded in creating for herself. From starting in the very northern parts of the UK, she’s been riding for almost two months, though multiple countries.
“Denmark I am absolutely in love with” she says, “I’d just had a rough patch in the middle of Germany, where some of the cycle paths were bumpy and I got horrendous weather. Then as soon as I crossed into Denmark everything smoothed out, I absolutely love it. I’d never been t Denmark before, so I didn’t know what to expect but the people are just overwhelmingly friendly and kind hearted.”
The worst day was in the UK” she laughs. “There was a day when my body just started rejecting food, I was really unwell and on this horrendously busy A road. The morning had been spent on these ridiculous detours, Google maps sent me through a few fields and I had to lift my bike over fences, up steps, it was ridiculous. I got sick of that so decided to go on the road. Then a couple of hours into the day, my body just wasn’t having any of it, I was throwing up on the side of the road with lorries hurtling past, and obviously it was raining as well, it was just really bleak.”
“There was another day when I’d been cycling for 10 hours, the when I got to where I needed to be and nowhere was open for food. I had a really uninspiring dinner of a few spoonfuls of peanut butter and one wrap that I had left. I thought ‘I’ve cycled 95 miles and this is my reward? This is bogus!’ ”
As in all parts of life however, you battle through the bad parts, in order to reach the good, and recently, the journey is getting sweeter and sweeter. “We have an amazing planet, human beings are, in general, really lovely” says Laura. “You have to be pretty unlucky to come across a bad egg , travelling teaches me how human kindness prevails all over the world.”