Megan is an engineer by day, but evenings and weekends see her attempting to climb steep rock faces, chasing a plastic disc around a field, walking up big hills or cycling around the beautiful countryside near her home in Bristol.
She’s got a great adventure planned and we wanted to know all about it!
What does your adventure entail?
In May, I will be embarking on ‘The Four Peaks Challenge’ where I will attempt to climb the highest peaks in Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland and cycle between them. Hopefully it will go something like this:
What inspired you to do it?
Last year I spent three incredible months biking across Europe and completely fell in love with cycle touring. The bicycle gives you a really unique perspective on the world and allows you to connect with such wonderfully diverse people. After I returned I was itching to continue exploring on my bicycle. Although I plan to do more long journeys to far flung places in the future, I believe that there are endless adventures waiting for us in our local area too. I am fortunate enough to have a lifestyle I love and an amazing community of friends here in Bristol so don’t always want to jet off for long periods of time. And so the four peaks dream was born. A tantalising combination of cycling and mountains in some of the most beautiful places within few hundred miles of home. Most importantly for me, I hope to raise as much money as possible for local charity ‘Young Bristol’.
Why Young Bristol?
I have volunteered with Young Bristol in the past so have witnessed the excellent work they do with young people from some of Bristol’s most disadvantaged communities. They provide a network of youth clubs all across the city and an extensive range of other extra-curricular activities to engage young people and improve their self-confidence and employability whilst having fun. Their vision to encourage active lifestyles in the great outdoors particularly aligns with my values and I hope that my two-wheeled travels will encourage them to pursue their own adventures.
How have you prepared?
Not really one for technology, my preparations for this trip have mainly focused around trying to get to grips with my new GPS device. For my previous trips I have navigated using mainly paper maps but the time pressure this time around means that getting lost a bit less frequently would be beneficial.
Who is your role model?
Fredrika Ek, who’s around the world bike journey I have been following since 2015, has inspired me to turn my own dreams into reality. Teaching me that travelling as a solo female is not as dangerous or lonely as many people believe and in fact one of the best ways to see the world.
If you’d like to hear more about Megan’s adventures then visit her blog here: www.megabikes.wordpress.com
Don’t forget to donate too! – www.justgiving.com/megabikes