Helen Lloyd was born in 1981 and grew up in Norfolk, England.

She studied aeronautical engineering for 4 years at university and somehow managed to hold down a proper office job in engineering for another 4 years after that. She still works as an engineer, on-and-off, to fund her adventures.

Helen’s passion for travel was ignited when she joined a youth expedition to the Indian Himalayas when she was 16. The next year she visited Morocco and followed that with a gap year in South America. Since then, trips abroad have included travels along the Silk Route, Karakorum Highway and back to South America; safari in East Africa; hockey-touring in South Africa and cycle-touring in Ireland and Cuba.

A knee injury curtailed her sporting interests, but gave extra time to indulge in her other passions… namely travel and photography. The end result is that in the summer of 2009 she quit her job and left England to cycle through Africa. 25,000km and 20 months later she arrived in Cape Town.

Life hasn’t quite been the same since…

She has since cycled through North and Central America, across Asia including winter biking in Siberia.

As well as cycling, she loves anything outdoors. You’re as likely to find her hiking or on horseback in the mountains or paddling down a river…

You can read about these adventures here.

Having kept a blog while cycling through Africa, Helen has discovered a love for writing. She has written two books and has plans to write more…