MY 12,000 KM BIKE-PACKING RIDE THROUGH SOUTH AMERICA
Leonie Katekar left behind her past and confronted her fears by immersing herself in a foreign world and embarking on 12,000 km solo bike-packing
expedition through South America.
Leonie undertook her journey during a difficult time in what had been a difficult life. Her story is about being brave, stepping out, and finding out how we can pursue a deeper happiness.
On her journey she overcomes almost overwhelming physical challenges and internal anguish while experiencing a world of beauty and inspiration.
Leonie rides more than 12,000 km through nine countries. She conquers the Andes at an altitude of more than 4,000 metres, explores and thrives in and among unique towns and cities, lakes and forests, deserts and ancient ruins, while pushing through extreme physical demands on her body and overcoming the weather and her own doubts.
Her book When We’re Not Afraid – is told with an insight that enthrals and inspires on the way to confronting fears that many of us have. Yet it is a story not just for women who are seeking more, but for anyone disillusioned with their life and wanting to be brave enough to face the question – What would I do if I was not afraid?
Returning to Australia at age 55, just days before the pandemic, she is changed, and now faces a new world from a unique perspective.