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Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. (Albert Einstein – 1931)

A Blind Woman, Two Wheels and 25,000 Miles is the story of how Cathy Birchall circumnavigated the globe on a motorcycle with her guide and companion Bernard Smith.

Cathy Birchall
When she embarked on being the first blind person to circle the world by motorcycle she knew that such a journey would be about accepting that many things are possible despite how things may appear. What she never knew at the time was how true it would all be when they were in trouble and a long, long, way from home. Read more…

Bernard Smith
Despite the many obstacles and problems inherent in the task, he managed to guide Cathy around the world and to bring her back safely a year later. Drawing on their extensive journals made on their travels, what appears is a remarkable story in the telling. Read more…

World Tour Sponsors
Dolphin Computer Access and Autocom communication systems supported Cathy and Bernard with specialist equipment. Read more…

A Bike Named Bertha
It is a fact that you can travel the world on anything. It all depends on what you have and what you need. Cathy and Bernard chose an 18-year-old BMW R100RT named Bertha. Read more…

The Route (GPS Data)
Download the GPS route data for Cathy and Bernard’s round-the-world journey. Read more…