In 2022, there’s loads of uncertainty on this planet—however the spirit of journey is completely alive and nicely. Nowhere is that clearer than within the story of Bridget McCutchen—which, admittedly, is simply starting. You see, McCutchen has been onerous at work, steadily planning and gathering the sources she must grow to be the youngest particular person to circumnavigate the globe by way of bike.
McCutchen is from northern Wisconsin, and she or he rides a Kawasaki Versys-X 300 named Mab, in honor of her dearly departed horse. She’s 21 now, and can stay the identical age when she formally kicks off her journey in August, 2022. To obtain her aim, she’ll must trip a minimum of 24,900 miles, touring in the identical course, crossing each hemispheres, and staying in the identical place for not than two weeks. She’ll additionally want to complete the place she began.
The journey ought to take round 12 to 16 months—hopefully. Originally, the plan was to begin in May, however the struggle in Ukraine understandably prompted her to rethink her plans. Now she’ll trip down by means of South America, after which ship each herself and her bike to Morocco and go round by means of Europe and Asia. She’s been documenting her preparations on social media, so trying out her Instagram, Facebook, and devoted journey web site must be an effective way to observe alongside on the journey because it unfolds.
The present record-holder for youngest rider to circumnavigate the globe is Henry Crew, who achieved the duty on the age of 23, again in April, 2019. It’s a tall order for anybody, however he acquired the job completed and scored himself a Guinness World Record, which McCutchen hopes to beat. As a matter of truth, she’s been consulting with Crew as a part of her preparation for the journey. Rider recommendation from somebody who’s been the place you’re going is all the time a few of the finest you’ll find.
So far, McCutchen has been elevating cash by way of merch gross sales (you’ll find hyperlinks on her web site, which is in our Sources), a GoFundMe, and other people she is aware of in her neighborhood. She’s additionally lined up some native sponsorship within the type of Aerostitch and True North Sailing Charters, however she’s an impartial rider, in search of to undertake an thrilling and once-in-a-lifetime journey. It’s tremendous cool to see, and RideApart de needs her good luck and wonderful travels alongside the best way.