Stray kitten crashes cyclist’s round the globe adventure as feline travel companion


When Dean Nicholson set out from Dunbar in the Scottish borders, he had visions of cycling the globe solo.

The 31-year-old welder had quit his job to see the globe from a bicycle seat.

He travelled south, passing by means of eight nations and sharing his adventures on the web.

Below the username @1bike1world the cyclist had created it by means of England, the Netherlands, Belgium, France Switzerland, and Italy, just before heading into the Balkans.

But crossing the Border from Bosnia to Montenegro his plans came unstuck.

“I was cycling up this hill, music blaring, going fairly gradually,” mentioned Nicholson recording his journey to instagram.

“Then this wee guy, meowing his heart out was chasing me.”

To his surprise he was getting followed by a lonely kitten.

Determined to discover the abandoned cat a dwelling, he took it with him.

Going to a vet in the town of Budva the tiny cat was believed to be “about 7 weeks old and in need to have of a very good feed” but otherwise healthful.

Nicholson was so taken by the creature that he treated her for worms, gave her a microchip and a rabies shot at the vets, so that she could continue on his journey across the border to Albania.

He named the determined kitten Nala, and she has been his travel companion ever because.

The cat has accompanied him by means of Albania and Greece, and has because develop into a travelling sensation on the web.

Pretty much 150 thousand followers have joined in on their journey through Instagram.

“It is fairly crazy I’ve had people today pull more than in their automobiles and get out to come see her as nicely,” he told the Everyday Mail On the net.

“Nala loves travelling and is super relaxed and chilled but she does not like going more than cobbles – this is when she jumps out the box and sits on my shoulders as an alternative.”

Making use of a web page he has asked for his followers to enable cover the overall health and travel charges of Nala.

So far his feline-loving social media followers have raised more than £4500 ($8700), substantially extra than the £1000 he necessary to invest in Nala an EU pet passport and booster jabs to retain her on the road and cycling on.

The extra funds he applied to spend vets bills for other stray animals such as a puppy named Balou, which he encountered in Albania.

Balou has because been adopted by a household in London, with the enable of Nicholson’s gofundme web page.

The cat has derailed his plans to cycle round the globe solo, but he’s pleased to take his time now he’s met the ‘purr-fect’ travel companion.

So far Nala and Dean have created it to the Greek island of Santorini, and they never strategy to quit travelling any time quickly.

Cycling cat: Dean Nicholson with Nala the cat on his handelbars. Photo / Instagram, 1bike1world
Cycling cat: Dean Nicholson with Nala the cat on his handelbars. Photo / Instagram, 1bike1world

Given that setting out in September final year he could not have foreseen the kitten coming, but he’s changed the adventure for the ideal.

“What a year 2018 has been but by far the ideal aspect has to be bumping into this wee beauty! She has changed the tour for the ideal and seeking forward to our adventures in 2019”

To discover out extra about Dean and Nala’s adventure check out his web page or stick to along @1bike1world


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