Jenna Lee Thompson speaks about her bike travels through Europe and Asia


Former Peace Corps volunteer Jenna Lee Thompson gave a speech at the American Corner in Ulaanbaatar about her bike trip around the world on Tuesday.
Thompson, who is from a small town in South Carolina, spent seven months cycling alone through Asia and Europe, with “four bags and a bicycle”, as she puts it in her blog.
The trip, which started from Thailand, took her through the mighty mountains of Tibet, vast landscapes of China, deserts and lakes of Mongolia, Russia and Europe and ended in London, England.
When asked about the reason for undertaking the trip, she replied, “I felt so much freedom during a week-long trip in Thailand that I wanted to experience more of it. I wanted to challenge myself and to see if I can do it.”
While many dangers could be involved with a woman traveling alone, Thompson stated that she had little trouble during her trip due to the kindness and hospitality of locals.
“I think most times people felt sorry for me when they learned I was alone. A Mongolian man even gave me a full liter of homemade vodka in case I was afraid at night,” she said.
Thompson had some trouble when cycling through the Gobi desert. “I was constantly worried about finding water,” Thompson said. “I’m not sure I would ride through the desert again.” Also, she had to replace the tires of her second-hand bike several times.
During her journey through Mongolia, Thompson picked up a few tricks for traveling through the vast landscapes. “The best way is to find your way is to follow the power lines, which are guaranteed to take you to a city,” Thompson shared.
Thompson had little trouble communicating with locals, expertly using sign language, and communicating through English teachers.
“Whenever I went to a town, someone would get the English teacher, so there was no problem,” she claimed.
After her long trip, Thompson said she felt more confident in herself. “I became sure that it is possible for someone like me to make such a trip,” said Thompson. She currently doesn’t have many plans for more travel.
Thompson currently works as an English language teacher and plans to go to Sukhbaatar and Khentii Provinces over the weekend for English language workshops.

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  1. I love you Jenna

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