About Steph

Meet Steph Jeavons

Steph Jeavons set off from the Ace Cafe in 2014 to circumnavigate the world. She is still going, and apparently, happily lost!

Steph has been around motorbikes most of her life with both parents and one of her two sisters riding as well. Her grandmother even rode bikes during the war! Steph herself has been riding since the age of 21. I think you can safely say it's in the blood. In 2008 she set up her own off-road motorcycle school in the UK as well as desert tours in Morocco alongside the British Dakar rider Mick Extance. 

Steph has ridden across the Atlas mountains and in the Sahara five times. She has crossed the US coast-to-coast four times, got muddy in Wales with names like John McGuinness and, just once, nearly punched Carl Fogarty in the face! Steph also worked with Nick Sanders setting up his expedition centre in Machynlleth. 

She left all this excitement behind to pursue her dream of riding her motorcycle to all seven continents - solo! 

'I'm certainly no expert and I don't confess to being a demon on two wheels. 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.'

Steph has taken her Honda CRF250L further than any 250cc has been before, so far having ridden to 40 countries and covered over 55,000 miles! Steph has survived extreme heat, freezing conditions, landslides and wind that blew her off her bike in Patagonia. She has camped, couch-surfed and stayed with fellow bikers along the way whilst avoiding the main roads and sticking to the dirt where possible. She touched down and rode her motorbike on Antarctica in February 2015 after successfully crossing the notoriously rough Drake Passage in a small sailing yacht. 


Steph has given inspirational talks to motorcycle shows, groups and communities along the way. She also currently writes for Ride Magazine and ADV Moto as she continues her journey around the world on her little dirt bike named Rhonda.

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  1. Hi Steph,

    My wife and I just got home from a twelve month tour of Europe (you can see the blog here: http://thewrongwayround-simon.blogspot.com.au/). You'll receive plenty of offers of support as you travel so start a contact list today and please add our names to it, Simon and Suzanne, Perth, Western Australia. We're happy to offer free accommodation and a garage for the bike, along with some Aussie hospitality when you're in Perth. Cheers, Simon

    mykolajenko@hotmail.com

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  2. Hey I just wanted to let you know there is a lot of love for the CRF250L here http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/351-crf250l/
    and maybe some fine folks can support you on your ride ....
    If you were coming thru Omaha Nebraska I would be more than happy to offer you a place to stay and some good eats while you where here.
    I look forward to hearing about your journey !!!

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  3. Hey Gary
    Thanks. I have just joined the forum. Thanks so much for pointing it out and yes please on the offer of a visit to Omaha. Where there is good food on offer I will be there!! : 0 )

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    1. you are more than welcome !!! And I am just getting started to promote and share your dream with my world !!!

      Good Luck !!!

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  4. Hi Steph,
    Sounds like a great adventure. I'm originally from England, but currently live in Panama. You are welcome to stop over here as you pass by - accommodation and food available for a weary traveller - that's if we haven't sold the place by then. Otherwise we'll probably be somewhere in the USA, and you'd still be welcome to visit.
    Happy travels.

    http://IanUsher.com

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  5. Hi Steph, Sorry you are not the first woman to do this because my niece did it 3 years ago on a motor bike and with a tent but some nice people in some countries gave her a bed for a night. be sure to wear a full burka when visiting the relevant countries or you will risk stoning
    Enjoy your adventure and keep in touch with the British embassy at all times you can.

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    1. Hi Jeannette. Thanks for the advice. Do you mind if I ask your nieces name? Did she hit all 7 continents? If not how many did she do? I'd love to get in touch with her. Sounds like she could be a very helpful source of info. I believe Elspeth Beard was the first British woman to circumnavigate the globe but I can find no reference to any Brit (male or female) hitting all seven continents whilst doing it. Would love to find out more. Thanks for getting in touch.

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  6. Have you already decided what gear you'll be wearing on the trip? I can highly recommend KLiM gear, I use the Traverse jacket and pants. Do get familiar with the KLiM layered philosophy. It's light, comfortable, 100% water proof and ver durable. Look for the new Overland or Badlands gear as well.

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  7. Hi Steph.

    Here are a couple of links you might find useful, if not interesting.

    1. Benke's web page - she rode all 7 continents in 1997. http://www.benkapulko.com/intro
    2. Amsterdan to Anywhere - current blog of a wife-hubby duo both on CRF 250L's and currently in Africa. great bike support / info, I am sure! Its in English as well as dutch. http://amsterdamtoanywhere.nl/

    If you want to stop by in Calgary Canada on your way through - we are also motorcycle long distance travellers and have a huge community of more of us. I'm sure we'd be able to find you a place / food / etc amongst the big group that we are.

    Finally, I'll follow! My last trip through the Americas I took my BMW F650 (hubby on Dakar) - but am considering a CRF 250L for an Asia / Africa trip.

    Sandra (ADV handle - SierraLimaHotel)
    hasselmann.wordpress.com

    Cheers!

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  8. Hi Sandra. Very useful. Thanks very much. I know all about Benka. Of course she was the first person to ride all 7 continents and not many have followed her. A very impressive lady who has many records under her belt. The rest looks really interesting and I will have a good read through them all tonight. Particulary the 250L blog! Could save me some tears!! : 0 ) Thanks

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  9. I'm looking at a Honda CRF 250L, so looking forward to following along on this trip. - Jill

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    1. Great bikes Jill. So much fun to ride. Lets see how she fairs on a big trip like this! : 0 ) I have faith in her.

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  10. Hey Steph, if you need a garage and a place to stay on the east coast of Canada, your more than welcome to stay with my family and I. We are just outside of Saint John, New Brunswick.

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  11. Thanks Terry. Stay in touch. My plan is certainly to head that way.

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  12. Hi steph,
    first I'd like to wish you a good ride this sounds like the ultimate adventure and I truly believe you are up for some great time on the road.
    I am a part time mechanic from Israel and I own a CRF250L, it is a great machine and I've ridden it across the country in some of the hardest terrain including sand, dunes, mud, gravel, basalt, rocks and just about everywhere I have some golden tips for you please contact me at hades4100@gmail.com
    :)

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  13. Good luck, and be very careful in Cambodia, I hired a motorcycle and road from Siem Reap to Kampot, they make some very strange manoeuvres when turning at junctions and corners, there seems to be no rules, ride defensively.

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  14. Hi there, I am a CRF250L rider too and I live close to capital of Turkey (city called "Konya"). I'd like to buy you a cup of coffee when you get here. Also if you need anything else here, I am ready to help you. Just contact me from : a.bahadir.tufekci@gmail.com
    Good luck, have a safe journey.
    Bahadır

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    1. Thank you Bahadir. I'll get in touch when I arrive

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  15. Hi Steph, Good luck with trip, super blog,
    Where did you get that useful front mini pannier rack over the front clocks ? Regards martin

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    1. Hi Martin. I bought it from an American site - CRFs Only.

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  16. Heading to NZ? (Hopefully!) If so we are in Invercargill a have a Honda shop Southland Honda (complete with a CRF250L!). If you are coming over we would be more than willing to help out in any way we can.
    jeremy@southlandhonda.co.nz
    Ride safe, we will be following your progress!

    Jeremy
    Southland Honda
    Invercargill
    New Zealand

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  17. Hi Jeremy. Thanks very much. I would love to come over but it depends on time and money. Not budgeted for it due to having a very small amount to play with but who knows what might happen on route!! : 0 ) Thanks again xx

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  18. Good luck Steph, have a wonderful (and safe) trip.
    Drove a campervan to Australia in the 70's and it changed my life - hope you have as much fun.
    Dave

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  19. good luck from me to!!!!!! xxx

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  20. Place to Stay in Barry's Bay Ontario Canada, Cottage on the lake, or Ottawa, hot shower and good meal if your coming by this way get in touch!
    would love to follow you a few miles on my CRF250L! Best of luck hope to meet you in 2015!!!

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    1. Cheers Steve. Sounds lovely! Will be in touch x

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  21. Good luck on your journey - interesting choice of bike. I presume you bought it new? Is one I looked at, and I have considered all the options - but a 2nd hand low mileage 650 with bullet proof engine works out to be cheaper in the long run. Be interested to know what your tiny budget is? - since you have several sea crossings and are going through some countries that require the dreaded carnet

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  22. Good luck Steph on your trip, I will be following and when you get to the USA make sure to get in touch, you will have a place to stay. I added your blog to my list of blogs here: http://allmotorcycleblogs.blogspot.com/ keep posting and your blog will always be at the top since it's sorted by post date.

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  23. Hello Steph, If you are on a tight budget and doing the back roads then Africa must be one of your continents! If you are coming to Namibia we can offer a place to stay in Windhoek and some good food too. Have a great journey. We will follow your blog.

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  25. Hey Steph,

    Respect for doing what we all dream about!

    A helpfull road report on advrider could be helpfull for the bike thing:
    "Around the World in 800 Days " by flyingdutchman177.
    He is currently in Vietnam and riding a CRF250L. His layout on the bike is mostly the same as yours. He had some issues with the rear end of the frame and maybe you could make that side stronger before you leave?

    Will be following you on your dreamride and if in Belgium there is a place for you to stay with a half Welsman, dad was a whole Welsman from Llanfyllin Powis whom got to settle here after the war... :-)

    Marie-Jose and Maurice Jones... (could the name be any more Welsh? ;-) )

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  26. oops.... I was to quick... you 're allready on the road....

    enjoy and stay safe...

    m&m

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  27. If you ride the TCAT across Canada stop by when you get to Vancouver Island..

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  28. hi steph,i will be following you with interest and a hint of jealousy! as it is a trip I would love to do,i wish you all the luck,and above all ride safe and enjoy!

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  29. Hi, have a nice trip

    If you need helping hand here in Chile, just keep in touch.

    I live in Coquimbo, 500 kms to the north from Santiago.

    Sincerely

    Carlos

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  30. Thanks for all the comments guys. Lovely to read them all. Help in Chile and Canada and US would be great! That's what its all about. Meeting fellow bikers around the world!!! xx

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  31. I am informed that you may be looking a place to rest your head for a night or two i live in Turkey near yenihisar not that far from soke , if this is on your rout then there is a bed food and shower for you regards george perry.

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    1. Hi George. Sorry just spotted your message! Have we spoken by other means? Cant keep up!! : 0 ) Apologies if I hadnt replied. I now have a place to stay in Didim so not far from you. Thank very much for the kind offer.

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  32. Good luck to you. I have a CRF250M and love it. If your passing Cardiff on the way home drop in for a cup of tea

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  33. Hey Travis. Ta very much! Might just do that!! I may be some time!!! : 0 ) xx

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  34. Hi Steph,
    That's quite an adventure! I got your blog address from Gary France's blog - I didn't see a map of your planned trip, but if you are in Washington State, we would be happy to have you stay with us. We are on a little private lake about 55 miles northeast of Seattle. GL on your trip. Be safe!

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    1. Hi Rosemary. That sounds lovely and I will be coming that way. Would you give me a shout as I get nearer? I should be there around this time next year. Thanks very much xxx

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  35. Hi Steph,

    I am writing to you from Ankara as a brand new CRF250L owner. Will you be passing by from Ankara? Feel free to contact me if you need anything at all! Travel safe.

    Okan
    okangurdil@hotmail.com

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  36. Hi Okan
    Thanks very much. I wont be heading that way on this occasion but really appreciate the offer. Have fun with your new bike! I'm sure you will be very happy together xxxx

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  37. Hi Steph,
    If you need a place to stay in Washington DC, dont hesitate to contact me. I myself of dreamer of world tour on a motorcycle and love to hear your story

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  38. Hi Steph,

    There's space here with a bed and a hot shower if you're travelling the east coast of Australia.

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  39. Howya Steph. read about your endeavour in Adventure Bike rider magazine. As a 'Bangor Lad' I wish you well on your journey and all that it brings. Spread love and kindness wherever you go and remember, Wales is STILL the best kept secret on the planet, lol.

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  40. Hi Steph
    sent a email to your gmail
    hope to catch you while you are here in Dubai
    Reef/ shane

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  41. Todd and Chantelle9 June 2014 at 10:44

    Hi Steph. What type of riding gear do you wear? We are planning a trip ourselves and looking at the types of riding gear is mind boggling.

    Cheers!!!

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    1. Hi guys. I wear Halvassans Enduro gear. I layer it with a windstopper and a base layer underneath. The jacket and pants also have removable waterproofing.

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  42. Amazing Steph. Well done and keep going. I'll be following you and getting some tips from you on the way.
    Andy

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  45. Hi Steph, I lived in Noth Wales for 3 years and now living in Delhi with my parents, wife and two daughthers. We would love to host you while your journey. My no is 9654234118... enjoy and feel free to contact me if you need any help in India. TC.

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  46. Have you heard of Elspeth Beard? She did a similar journey on motorbike. Wishing you all the best of luck. Keep holding onto your dreams.

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  49. Good luck, Steph!!! Doors always open if you're in the Minneapolis, MN (USA) area. :-)

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