Nala and Dean Nicholson are in Saranda, Albania, during a 2019 stop on their long bike ride. The two have visited more than 20 countries together, and Nicholson has written a book about the experience. When Dean Nicholson set off to bike from his home in Scotland to Thailand, he packed a tent, sleeping bag, stove, hammock and sound system for his music. A few months into his adventure, he had to make room for additional supplies, such as toys, a harness and a doll-size umbrella. But the new items weren’t for him. They were for his riding partner, a kitten he had rescued on his journey.
While cycling through Bosnia in southeastern Europe, he noticed a tiny gray-and-white kitten running after him, meowing for him to stop. He hopped off his bike and fed her red pesto sauce from his food stash. He decided to take her to a vet in the nearest town to see if anyone had lost their pet. No one had, so he placed her in the basket attached to the front of his bike and pedaled toward the border of Montenegro. The kitten tried to escape, but not to run away: She just wanted a better seat.
“She climbed up my arm and fell asleep on my shoulder behind my neck,” said Nicholson, who is 32 years old and previously worked as a welder in a fish factory. “That was the moment I thought, ‘She’s going to come around the world with me,’ because I […]