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Paycheck Services is proud to be sponsoring our former contractor Steph Jeavons to achieve her dreams!

Here's a bit about Steph and the challenge ahead!

Current job - Managing Director of RedMoto Adventures Ltd (

Age - 38

Kids - 19 year old son

Lives - North Wales

Dream job - Test driving the Bowler Nemesis! 

Worst nightmare - Being stuck in a car on the M6 with a bee and Justin Bieber. 

Luxury item for trip - Moisturiser

Steph has been around bikes most of her life with both parents and one of her two sisters riding as well. Her grandmother even rode bikes during the war! I think you can safely say it's in the blood.

"I'm certainly no expert and I don't confess to being a demon on two wheels. In fact I am a bit of a potterer really. This adventure isn't about speed. It's not really even about the bike. It's about living, learning and enjoying! Doing this trip solo on a bike just opens up all the senses and allows me to be part of my environment.

My route will be all back roads and dirt tracks wherever possible. I fully intend on keeping away from the motorways and enjoying seeing the world at a civilised pace. So often we rush through life, busy planning our future and not enjoying the now. Here the journey takes over and the destination is really not important!

Anyone who wants to can do this. Why not? If I can, then anyone can! Don't sit and wait to win the lottery! It just won't happen! 

Life on two wheels has a lot to offer, but be warned. It's addictive!"

The Challenge

Leaving on the 27th March 2014 Steph will leave her home in North Wales and attempt to circumnavigate the globe visiting at least 42 countries and hitting at least 6 continents. Steph aims to do this in 15 months to 2 years avoiding all motorways and main roads and living mainly in her two man tent with only the things she can carry on her bike.

Steph's current budget for the entire trip is just £10,000. This presents a challenge in itself allowing her just £5 a day to spend on food that she will have to cook in her one pot!

"I hope to learn a few one-pot recipes on my travels. It will certainly force me to improve on my cooking skills and make good use of very few ingredients. I will have to be creative in all aspects of this journey to make the money stretch. I am relying on the kindness of strangers to give me the odd night in a comfy bed with a warm shower and a nice meal if I'm honest!"

Steph will become the first woman in the UK to make this solo journey. Elspeth Beard did it (excluding South America) 30 years ago with no mobile phones and Internet to keep her it touch with her loved ones back home! We salute you Elspeth!

Steph - being slightly on the competitive side - would love to become the first Brit to include all 7 continents. This has only ever been achieved by 4 other people in the world (that we know of). Sadly though, making it to the Antarctic is looking like a step too far for her budget. 

"The Antarctic would require another £6,000 minimum as it is extremely costly to get there and with only £10,000 to play with and no big sponsor, it would take a miracle!" 

Stranger things have happened! Who knows what is around the corner for Steph and her trusty Honda but one thing's for sure, it's going to be one hell of a ride!

Steph also hopes to raise awareness for a great charity called Rally4Life which was set up by good friends of hers from Canada in 2009.

Rally4Life is  a Registered Charity, created from the founders’ vision to combine the desire to participate in adventurous life-changing activities whilst bringing meaning to those exploits by giving back to those in need. See website for more information


The Bike

After much deliberation and many hours of homework, the natural conclusion I have come to is that the only bike I trust for this journey is a Honda.

Why? Good question, and one I'm glad you asked! Here are my top 5 reasons:

1.  Having worked with them in the past, I am fully aware that their reliability and durability partly lies in their simplicity. To coin a phrase: It does what it says on the tin! If it does break down, the chances are it will be repairable and parts will be available! Honda's build quality is second-to-none. This is a must for my journey.

2.  The CRF 250L came out last year and no one has attempted to take it on such a journey before. I am looking forward to testing it out and showing what it is capable of. This is a multi-role bike which I can tell you - having test ridden it - is equally at home on the road or on a dirt track. I am confident it will tackle anything I throw at it.

3.  It is lightweight and fairly low to the ground giving me the confidence to take it anywhere and know that if I get stuck, I can always drag it out!

4.  It has excellent fuel economy and with such a small budget I need that! It is powered by a single cylinder that provides useful power and torque across a wide rev range.

5.  I look good in red! What more is here to say?

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