A bit about me

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I was born in the Basque Country in 1958, the daughter of migrant workers escaping the poverty prevalent in the rest of Spain in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War. In 1980, I came to London to learn English and never left.

I have much to rejoice about life – I have two gorgeous daughters, Emma and Amaia, who are my pride and joy. I have some amazing friends who I know are there for me and with me. I have loved passionately and been loved back. I have had fulfilling jobs in causes I believed in.

Also, I have had the opportunity to experience the world a little – I lived in India for a while in the 80’s; I have climbed mountains in Nepal, Ecuador, Spain, France and Africa and taken part in some incredible demanding physical challenges; I have cycled the length of Spain, France and the Hebrides but all the time I was having a dream: to go on a very very long bike ride.

One day, in July 2014, the day to live the dream came and I left my house in London on my bike ready to explore this wonderful planet, experience different cultures, meet different people, climb some mountains on the way and more…

After nearly two years, 22,000km and 23 countries I returned to London for a few months but even as I was buying the ticket to bring me and my bike back from Bangkok I already knew that before not too long I would be on the road again.

Now Africa beckons. No time frames, no fixed plans of commitments. Just me, my bike and the open road.

 

13 thoughts on “A bit about me”

  1. Hola Blanca I met you in perry cycled today I’m flying out to Belgium to ride my bike tomorrow but good luck and I will be checking your progress and adventures

    London to London ….great
    regards Simon

  2. Dear, dear Blanca,

    Congratulations to a great lady!
    Can’t wait to follow your progress!

    With love and cheers!

    Michele

  3. Aupa Blanca! te mandamos un fuerte abrazo y mucha fuerza para emprender ese impresionante viaje que nos tendrá enganchados día a día!!!

  4. The best of good luck in your adventures. Looking forward to keeping up with your blog. Lots of love.
    Adam and Gordon.

  5. Blanca, I feel so excited for you. What a wonderful adventure and what an inspiration you are for those of us sitting on the sidelines. I do look forward to seeing you in Australia – to be able to share our wonderful country with you.
    Take care, Babs x

  6. I hope to follow in your footsteps (wheel steps?) next Spring (or when my old dog shuffles off – which, at 15yrs of age, and according to the vet, is imminent. I have the bicycle, the tent etc. Will look forward to following your progress and taking notes! I also recommend ‘Rubyrideon’ – a blog by the 30yr old Ruby from London, who is ahead of us. She’s been on the road for 2yrs already and is in Mexico.
    I have to say – you have done so much more travelling and cycling than me, but I won’t let that hold me back. 🙂 Good luck!

    1. The way I look at it is that all I’m doing is cycling for one day, or a few days at the most. It just so happens that the chunks of time are all joined up!!

  7. Love at first sight for us, Blanca, when we saw you turn your head at the stream, beside Sorda Refugio in Andorra. You made the rest of our trek so much easier. But we had to say our goodbyes and leave you to complete the GR 11- the Spanish coast to coast route. We were so sad, but thrilled now to join you- in spirit – on your fantastic challenge to cross the world by bike. You are amazing.
    Tons of love, Eva and Alastair in Edinburgh.

  8. It was so nice to meet you in Thailand on Koh Kood island. Such a lovely chat and exchanging cycling experiences. Don’t forget to read about Polish traveller Kazimierz Nowak and his trip through Africa in the 1930’s.
    Best,
    Kamila and Peter

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