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This Bicyclist Rescued A Stray Kitten And The Duo Is Adorably Touring Europe With A Customized Cat Bike

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At 31-years-old, Dean Nicholson decided that life was passing him by, and it was time for him to catch up. He set out on a backpacking, bike-riding journey around Europe. Nala the stray cat walked into Dean’s life while he was visiting Bosnia and the two have become inseparable. Not only that, but they’ve become a huge social media sensation thanks in part to his documentation of their travels on his Instagram account 1bike1word

The Start Of A New Life

Dean had been a welder in Dunbar, Scotland for many years, and he decided to get out of the rat race. He put his most important belongings in a backpack and biked off to see the world. In a matter of just a few months, he had seen Greece, Italy, Switzerland, and a host of other exciting places.

 

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⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I woke up nice and early with the plan being to put in a 100 miles but that soon changed when i got a message on couchsurfing from someone who will host me tonight in Larissa! Travelling is all about meeting new people so instead i decided to slow my pace right down and aim towards this town as it was only 40 miles away! So with the music on and the sun shining on our backs we just cruised along happily and to make the day even better, Nala decided to miss out on her daily 6 hour nap and wanted to play instead!! •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #quadlockcase #quadlock #cicloviajantes #jblextreme #worldexpedition #drone #dji #djimavicair #gopro #adventurebybike #adventure #adventureseeker #travelblogging #beautyofcycling #cycletheworld #cycletouring #worldbybike #adventurecat #couchsurfing #cycling #happy #countryside #cycle #nature #instabike #bikeporn #travel #outdoors #rural

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The Start Of A Lifelong Friendship

Finally, Dean’s travels led him to Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was pedaling his way down the street when he heard a cat meow. He took a brief glance at the cat and kept moving on. The cat followed him and kept on meowing, so he had to take a closer look. He stopped to pet the cat.

Nala Gets A Home

After that brief interaction, it was clear that Dean and the cat he named Nala were stuck together forever. He tried to put her back down, but she just wouldn’t go away (and Dean didn’t really want her to.) It was clear that Nala wasn’t being cared for, and what’s more, she fit perfectly in the basket of his bike.

 

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⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After travelling to Albania to see the puppy the other day, on the journey back the bus got stopped at customs and every part of it was searched…. twice!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This got me thinking about crossing borders with Nala and how she isnt so easy to hide anymore. So the next few days i looked into everything she needs for making it across the world and turns out its a quite a bit. Every place differs from the next, Some are pretty easy and others just want to make it difficult for some reason. Maybe im just overthinking it all but last thing i want is to have her taken from me at some border point because shes missed a jag and chucked in quarantine for however long at my expense. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tomorrow though we are getting the titer test done to prove she hasnt got rabies, this involves taking a sample of her blood and sending it to be analysed at a lab in Athens. This can take upto 30 days to receive the results but at least it lets us into some countries! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Feeling a bit deflated with it all but im going to get back on the bike tomorrow and see if cycling clears my head ✌ • ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #adventurecat #shouldercat #cat #?#travelnomad #traveltheworld #worldbybike #worldtraveller #biketheworld #cyclinglife #adventurebybike #adventure #adventureseeker #travelblogging #beautyofcycling #cycletheworld #greece?? #travel

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People Do A Double Take

Dean has a partner for his solo trip around Europe. He used to ride around without being noticed, but now people treat Dean and Nala like celebrities. You don’t see an adorable cat riding around with a man like Dean every day. People stop them all the time to take pictures.

 

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⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We went a cycle around Santorini today to see what we could do when we have some free time to kill, there is loads of pottery shops on the island and having always wanted to try my hand at this i went into a wee one that caught my eye because there was a big fluffy cat outside! ? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Galatea, the lady who owns the shop was lovely and very welcoming, she puts on classes and then she said something which sold it to me, if i dont want to send my creation home i can sell it in her shop and the money goes straight to an animal sanctuary! ? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So now im thinking if i make a masterpiece (with the help of Nala) i could sell it on my page in a raffle or something and all the money can go to a charity or a couple depending how much is raised. If anyone has any suggestions on a way i could do this feel free to put them forward. ??? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #adventurecat #ortlieb #trek920 #trek920disc #quadlock #quadlockcase #cat #catsofinstagram #meow #pawprinttattoo #ridingupfront #pottery #raffle #donthaveacluewhattodo

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The Insta-Famous Feline

Nowadays, Dean’s Instagram page has more than 400,000 followers from all over the world. Dean and Nala have traveled to Africa, and Nala is recovering well from a surgery she had to undergo. Nala is officially one of the most famous #catsofinstagram.

 

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⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Favourite part of the day is getting home from the kayaking and seeing Nala run up to the door to meet me purring her heart out! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I thought I would take her out for dinner tonight so we headed along to @melinas_tavern where before we even sat down Nala had a plate of fish put down in front of her ?‍♂️ the food was delicious and Nala loved attacking me from behind the pillar so we will definitely be back! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I have a day off tomorrow so I’m going to track down this lifejacket for Nala so she be able to come out on the tours with us and won’t be left behind ❤ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #food #fish #happycat #tavern #santorini #hungry

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