Frances Grier, İngiltere’den yola çıktı ve Çin’e doğru bir rota çizerek bisikletiyle ülke ülke gezmeye başladı.
“Son iki günde üç erkek beni yol üzerinde durdurup ‘You. Me. Sex' diye tuhaf bir teklifte bulundu.”
Batılı ve yalnız bir kadın olarak Doğu kültüründe ahlaksız olarak yaftalandığını ifade etti.
Türkiye’de geçirdiği zaman içinde nazik insanlarla karşılaştığını da anlattı ve ekledi: “Meyve suyu ikram eden beyefendiye şüpheyle bakmaktan nefret ediyorum.”
“Kendimi yeniden güvende hissedebilmeyi istiyorum.”
Bisikletli gezgin Frances Grier'in açıklamasının tamamı için:
There's the other side of solo female travel: the unpleasant, unwanted and downright scary side; the side we can't photograph; the stereotypes prevailing which travel is there to break down; the side which stops us sleeping at night and sometimes wants us not go on in the morning. . There's the two men in three days who have stopped me by the side of the road and suggested "You. Me. Sex" but not known the word "hello". The man who reached out and grabbed my bum when I cycled away from him. The man who leant out of his lorry to try to kiss me. The leers I get when I cycle through a rural town. And all of this when I am literally covered head to toe in mud and grease. . I attract these because I am a lone, western woman and, by comparison to the east, film and media portray us as loose and less moral. I want to say to these men "I am the same species as you. I don't want to have to fear you. How would you feel if a man tried this with your sister or daughter?". . I hate that, after four weeks praising Turkey's friendliness, kindness and hospitality, a few men in the north east have shattered my view of what has otherwise been an amazing country. I hate that I entered a village after one of these incidents and glared at every man who approached me. I hate how suspicious I was when a genuinely kind man in that village brought me a fruit juice, as so many of the generous and hospitable men in this country have done before. I don't like looking at the world with fear. . It is hard for me to comprehend the way these men have approached me. All of this has been in four days on a mountain road that I have been desperate to get off so that I can feel safe again. It has been very tough. And that's before I even mention the huge climbs, long distances and weather I have had to contend with. Isn't my cycling route hard enough without this added as well? . This journey is more than just a cycling trip. Some days you need a game face just to set off in the morning. #gobibike