World Bike Girl 2017

Happy New Year Everyone!

Get those bucket lists out and mark your calendar when the next item is being ticked off.

Time passes so quickly.  1 month gone already!

I have 3 bucket list items I’m ticking off this year …

 … so life for 2017 is looking something like this;


Achievement is nothing.  Experience is everything.

Cycling solo 4,500 km across Brazil to reach Amazon Jungle

Catch wee boats along Amazon with my bicycle from Brazil to Colombia

Cycle solo Colombia

 It’s going to be some experience finding out if this adventure is actually possible.  If there’s a way I’ll find it.

But there’s no chance I’m researching it.  I’ll get freaked out by all the creepy crawlies!  I’m a big whimp.

And yes.

I know there’s animals that can eat me and tribes that kill on first contact.

But then.  In Scotland we have Neds.

Lucy’s Script

Let life be a collection of random moments rather than achieved goals.

Mark the Quizmaster from Still Game contacting me was a random moment.

His real name is Fran Gilhooley and over a pub lunch we agreed he’d script Lucy’s story.

I want Lucy’s story made into a film.  To help all the other street dogs in the world.


“Whit’s fur ye’ll no go past ye.”

I began this blog a few months into this adventure because I wanted to write a book but my English was ‘pish’.

Never thought anyone would actually read the blog.  So thanks for that.

And here I am.  Writing my first book of the World Bike Girl Series!

The return flight to Rio was on the 26th January 2017 but it’s delayed until the end of May.

This is mostly because of the book and Lucy’s script but also because I’m Scottish and I’m absolutely refusing to cycle across Brazil in the rainy season.  That would be a crazy thing to do!

You don’t have to be a hero to accomplish great things.  

You can just be an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated.

Sir Edmund Hillary 


None of this would be possible without you all so thank you for being a part of the journey.

You have one life. Live it. xxx

Ishbel, creator of World Bike Girl, has spent her life on bicycles, from road racing, to velodrome sprinting to cycling the world. She has pedalled across 20 countries solo and promotes commuting by bicycle. Much to the dismay of her friends, she is an avid wearer of socks and sandals.

24 Replies to “World Bike Girl 2017”

  1. Wishing you more travel adventures of awesome proportion and safety. I know you will fill others lives with love and inspiration as you have since you started your adventures. My another pup win your heart also!

  2. Hi Ishbel, just discovered you today. What an inspirational story, i’ll be following you from now on during your world travels.

    1. Hi Linda! Awesome – welcome aboard! Any questions you ever have on anything I blog just message and I’ll reply as soon as I have internet 🙂 Ishbel xxx

  3. Wishing you an awesome trip, it is going to be epic for sure. How are you are planning to deal with all the creepy crawlies is unclear to me, not sure 1kg of salt will be quite enough but who knows, this might be the year that you actually form a new bond previously beyond your wildest dreams.

    So looking forward to reading all the stories and seeing all the pics. Pedal swiftly miss Ish!

    1. Hey Janie I only carried the salt for a few countries in Europe. I’ve already cycled through the Pantanal jungle in Brazil. It’s much less dangerous than the Amazon so it was almost like a test run (cycle) lol I’m definitely going to go-pro a lot more so everyone can have a laugh at my screams! Thank you xxx

  4. Hi Ishbel.Im absolutely touched after what Ive read.You are a real inspiration for us all.Going to follow your journey on your blog.Take care and all the best,Raymond

  5. Love to read about what you’ve been getting up to.ishbel if your not going back till the end of May we might be able to come up and see you sometime.
    So pleased your getting on with your book.can’t wait to read it.let me know please when its published.should be a fantastic read.
    Been looking at an hotel in Glasgow centre would that be near to you ?will get in touch with you regarding it a bit later on when it gets warmer take

  6. OMG Ishbel, didn’t realise u were writing about Lucy. Please let me know when the book is published because I would love to read it. Good luck with your future adventures and look forward to hearing all your news. Stay safe. Love June x

  7. So exciting to read blog about your next cycling adventure and glad you aren’t going to be trudging through mud like cyclocross! Even more excited to learn about Lucy’s story being published to help more streets dogs internationally.
    A woman with multiple plans and a zest for life!

    1. Everything’s working out perfectly by going back later than planned. I’m so excited for next adventure but loving my other projects too 🙂 xxx

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