Maria and Murphy the two dogs I rescued whilst cycling Brazil arrive to Scotland tomorrow!
I am so incredibly excited. I have no idea how I will sleep!
Murphy had been shot and is missing an ear and an eye and still has shot gun pellets inside. When I found Murphy he was covered in ticks, underweight and was near death from tick disease.
Maria also had advanced tick disease and an ulcer. Click to continue reading →
I am writing this post for Lucy’s friends who knew her and loved her. This is not written out of a place of self defense and is certainly not written to the people who spread such lies. Lucy did not die of poison. She cleared all toxicology tests in the governmental head testing facility in […] Click to continue reading →
To Read in English Click me Benim adım Şanslı (Lucky). 6 aylığım ve kangal meleziyim Lucy gibi. Ben koşucuydum köpek yavrusuyken ve de distemper hastalığına yakalanmıştım. Bize koşucular denir çünkü bizler sahipsiziz ve de bir parça ekmek uğruna koşan köpekleriz. Diğer iki koşucuda da distemper hastalığı vardı. Çoğu köpek ben hastayken benden uzak durmak için […] Click to continue reading →
Throughout my years of life, a small thought of cycling around the world floated quietly in and out of my mind. With other things in life shouting much louder for my attention, it would have been easy to miss such a whisper. My motivation for this trip didn’t include the actual […] Click to continue reading →
Lucy died unexpectedly in my arms on the 26th March 2015. It was a shock for me and a shock for everyone involved, including all who followed our journey from afar. Your patience is greatly appreciated during this time as I know you all shared a bond with Lucy too. I have expert opinions based […] Click to continue reading →
Please note this blog post was written before Lucy’s death on 26th March 2015. She was and still is an amazing dog whom I loved with all my heart and soul. She taught me more about love, forgiveness and the act of living than any human ever has. I am blessed she was there in […] Click to continue reading →
I awake in the tent at 4 am with Lucy’s big eyes staring back at me, her face as close as it can get to mine without touching. Her cuteness makes me laugh. I love these moments. I am grateful to the UK’s pet immigration’s rule book. That Lucy must serve this 3 month quarantine […] Click to continue reading →
I don’t know how I’m going to make Hatay. I feel broken. The flat road I had been praying for has greeted me in return with a head wind so strong I can barely turn the pedals. I feel embarrassed and wonder what people think as I cycle alongside them at the same speed as […] Click to continue reading →
We left Alanya refreshed, happy and completely ignorant of what lay ahead of us that day. It was to begin with Lucy fighting and would end the same way for me. The road would be the toughest yet but also by far, the most beautiful, causing a continual state of both pleasure and pain. Click to continue reading →
Turkey’s nation wide, ‘Lets Feed Ishbel Must Get Her Fat’ campaign was gaining momentum and I enjoyed a big breakfast before we set off. Thank you to the wonderful Turkish people we are meeting along our way who are so kind and wonderful and generous. Click to continue reading →
We departed our enchanted forest and enjoyed an amazingly flattish 40 km of stopping off at beaches for Lucy to dig holes and for me to stretch out in the sand. It was a hot day but I was wearing leggings under my skirt as I had been victim to the strong gusts of wind […] Click to continue reading →
I reached the top of the mountain! So many times the previous day I thought I was reaching this but never did. Hence my celebrations. The descent was super long and I kept celebrating the whole way down because we were no longer climbing. I stopped at a beach café at the bottom to get Lucy some Kofte (Turkish meatballs) for her breakfast. Our server […] Click to continue reading →
We started the climb out of Kas at 9.30 am and much to my shock and dismay I was still climbing at 4 pm. I was moving slowly with the weight I was pedaling. A young lad came out of a house and began walking up the hill in front of me. I couldn’t keep […] Click to continue reading →
The beginning of our 1400 mile return cycle to Hatay, Turkey was taking my last hot shower for a while. It was verging on ceremonial, as though washing quadruple times with excesses of soap and shampoo would make me stay cleaner for longer on the road. Being organised for me means leaving all the […] Click to continue reading →
Lucy and Serkan Until I personally delivered Lucy to her new family in the UK, Lucy would accompany me on my upcoming winter adventure; cycling through Turkey’s Central and Eastern mountain ranges. Until I sorted out a suitable dog trailer I would bring Lucy to Fethiye, a Turkish coastal town renowned for its beauty and […] Click to continue reading →
Lucy must serve 3 months of quarantine time in Turkey, to be allowed entry into the UK where her new family and life are waiting. Lucy’s Life in Quarantine Click to continue reading →