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One Steph Beyond : Steph Jeavons Travels The World On a Honda CRF 250L

Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go to Amsterdam… kick ass girls ride their motorcycles around the world. Steph Jeavons, who lives in North Wales, has been travelling the world on her Honda CRF 250L. Her parents are into motorcycling and her grandmother rode a motorcycle during the war; it seems only fair to assume that badassery runs in the family.

But she isn’t your typical burly Hell’s Angel, and she’ll be the first to admit it. “I’m certainly no expert and I don’t confess to being a demon on two wheels. In fact I am a bit of a potterer really. This adventure isn’t about speed. It’s not really even about the bike. It’s about living, learning and enjoying!”

Steph plans to circumnavigate the world in 15 months to 2 years, hitting at least 42 countries and 6 continents. Equipped with a two man tent and a few essential items in her luggage, Steph found her way to Nepal where she had been staying at the Katmandu Guest House. We got in touch with her and got to talking about her journey till now and what she had planned for for the rest of the trip.

What got you to get on your bike and travel the world?

I had started planning this trip about a year ago, well it took about a year to plan it out. Before that, I was doing all sorts of different jobs. I was co-owner of RedMoto Adventures, an offroad motorcycle school, with my business partner who was a Dakar rider.

He was the real expert in the riding, but then we started working on that together and when it came to an end I decided that this was the time to plan and get going.

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What was your route plan?

Well originally I kind of just drew a line around the world and then I started planning and then researching and you find out different things along the way. I went across to Poland and down to Serbia across to Bulgaria to Turkey then over to Iran. Originally I wanted to travel through Pakistan too, but there were quite a few problems, especially for a white woman riding alone. It had a lot of risks involved. So, I decided to go around and I went down south to the southernmost tip of Iran and then across to Dubai and then I flew to Mumbai and then rode up all the way to Himalayas up and then across to Nepal… and here I am.

Where will you be headed next?

My next stop would be Thailand. I will be leaving in a couple of days and then I will go all the way down as far as East Timor, as far as I can possibly go through Malaysia. Then I will get a boat or fly, I am not sure yet, across to Australia Then I ride across Australia, from Darwin to Sydney. From Sydney I’ll fly straight to South America, again the southernmost tip to South America.

From there I will fly to Buenes Aires and ride down to Oshwaya (Delfrego) then I go across to Antartica.

Gettting permission to do that will probably the hardest part of the trip: getting across to Antartica. Only 4 people have done it, reason being it is difficult to get the permision to get the motorcycle across. Nobody will take you, but I kept trying and decided to avoid commercial shipping and try private yachts with adventurers who might be attempting to cross it themselves. And luckily I got a couple from New Zealand to agree to take me. We are going in a small yacht and across a passage which is quite deadly but we are going for it; we should be about three weeks there and then I will ride to South America all the way to North America and across Canada, because I was born in Canada, so I want to ride right the way across. Then I will go right over to Africa and then ill head home through Spain, Portugal and France.

How are you planning to work the budget out?

The trip will take me 18 and half months, I have spent 4 and a half month so far, but my budget will only sustain for 15 months though. We live in hope, really. I started with a really small amount of money and I decided to set a date and go for it and I have done so. To this point I have gained a lot of sponsorships. Honda sponsored me; they gave the bike and a little money. Private companies and other motorbike companies have also helped us a lot financially, so we are getting there and we just need a little more support. It’s really expensive for us to get across Antarctica, especially because of the yacht.

I’m living on the budget 5 pounds a day for food and 10 pounds a day for accommodation, and this is fine in places like India and Nepal but it will be quite expensive when you get to places like North America. But I have my tents and my camping gears, so I should be fine

What gears do you have?

I have around 40 litres of luggage. I don’t have a lot of clothes with me so I don’t really have a lot of choices, but I am usually in my riding gears so it really doesn’t matter. I also have my laptop/camera with me, so that I can connect with people. I also have some minor spares like spare clutch levers, things like that.

Why Honda?

Because Honda is reliable, it does what it says, it’s not flashy, it’s simple but effective and it keeps going. There was no doubt in my mind about Honda.

What have you done to the CRF?

Not much really, it’s pretty much standard. I put on some heated grips which has helped greatly at higher altitudes, a belly pan too for protection, I changed the front sprocket from a 14 to a 13.

Is it your first time in Nepal?

It’s my first time in Nepal and I love it. I got the chance to go to Nagarkot, Pokhara and Bandipur as well.

One thing you loved about Nepal

It has to be the mountains and also the people.

Do you carry extra fuel?

Well not till I got to the Himalayas, but now I do. I carry extra 5 litres. I have a 12 litre tank on my bike, that’s something I changed on the bike.

What has been the highlight of the trip?

Everything has been fantastic actually. Getting to ride upto the highest motorable road, despite everyone saying she (Honda CRF 250) couldn’t do it. There were a few rough patches too. The worst was in India where I didn’t do my homework and got caught in a massive festival procession in the sweltering heat. It took me 8 hours to do 10kms. And I also woke up to a mouse chewing my feet which was also very unpleasant.

You can follow Steph on her blog at www. stephmoto-adventurebikeblog.com

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