Dean Nicholson embarked on a journey around the world in complete solitude. Starting from Scotland, he set out on his bicycle and hit the road. Everything was going as planned until he heard a faint meowing sound. He turned to find a beautiful abandoned kitten staring back at him.
“I heard her before I saw her! I was cycling up a hill and she was meowing her little heart out, trying to catch up to me. So, I stopped my bike, hopped off, and went over to the rocks where I saw her. I said to myself, ‘Oh, there’s a scruffy little kitten all alone.’ I sat with her for about half an hour, feeding her pesto before I decided to take her on the bike with me. She followed me, and it just wouldn’t have been fair to leave her behind,” the young man recounted.
Dean and Nala’s bond was instantaneous. “As soon as I stopped, she did not leave my side. When I gave her the pesto and she wouldn’t stop following me, I knew I had to take her with me. As soon as I put her on the bike and started riding, she jumped out of the bag on the front of my bike and onto my shoulder. Then she curled up around my neck, and I just knew it was meant to be,” Dean shared.
Since then, they have traveled to several countries, including Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Turkey, and Georgia, all of which have welcomed Nala with open arms.
When Nala was a kitten, she often sat on Dean’s shoulder while he rode his bike, but as she grew bigger, she now prefers to look out from the basket on the front of his bike.
“People absolutely adore her, and she loves all the attention. Whenever we visit a new place, people have an instant friendly and warm reaction. Everyone stops to take pictures and meet her, which is just great. Most of the hotels we’ve stayed in have been very accommodating to Nala, even though she once had to pay her own surcharge,” Dean shared with the British website.
Nowadays, Nala goes everywhere with Dean, sitting in a basket on the front of his bike, and she is truly living her best life.
The story of the cyclist and his feline friend serves as a reminder of the importance of kindness and compassion, and how they can lead to incredible experiences and unforgettable memories.
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