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Hi All, I’m Dean! On the 1st September 2018 I left Dunbar, Scotland with the ambition to cycle the world. 3 months and 9 countries later I was coming up to the Bosnia-Montenegro border when I heard a little kitten meowing her heart out, chasing me trying to get my attention. We were 12 miles from the nearest town, and it was soon clear by her friendly nature and desperate hunger her owner had intentionally dumped her.

Over the next coming days the kitten and I grew closer, It was clear she had lioness traits, with her feisty and loving personality and so it was Nala was to be her name. Following a trip to the vet I finally became her owner as she had previously not been registered. From then on it was set, Nala was to be my new travel companion, riding up front with the world ahead of her.

From there on our social media following exploded with ‘the dodo’ creating a video of our story gaining 130 million views and the media sharing our adventure globally. And with the sharing of our story the support we gained from our followers grew too over at 1bike1world on Instagram and youtube.

Nala and I now travel the world together learning about each other and the world we live in along the way. We have faced many challenges and helped many people and animals alike on our journey, more of which you can read all about in our book Nala’s world.

Dean and Nala


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