Man and his dog travel 7,000 miles across the world after he found her as a stray in


An intrepid traveller who picked up a stray pup last year is making his way across the entire world with his adopted dog in tow – all on top of a tall bike which has a built in trailer for his furry friend.

Alex Sidney is currently ‘bikepacking’ his way across the Middle East and has clocked up almost 7,000 miles after setting off from southeast England in January last year.

The content creator has crossed a total of 20 countries so far, taking in the sights from Switzerland and Croatia, through to Kurdistan and Iran.

Now with Nova by his side, having picked up his new friend along the way, Alex has continued to document the pair’s incredible travels together.

Today marks the 400th day of their tour since leaving home in January 2022, and Alex and Nova have no intention of stopping now.

Alex Sidney, 20, and Nova (pictured together) are 'bikepacking' their way across the Middle East

Alex Sidney, 20, and Nova (pictured together) are ‘bikepacking’ their way across the Middle East

Alex discovered his future companion Nova (pictured) on a bridge over the river Danube between Serbia and Romania

Alex discovered his future companion Nova (pictured) on a bridge over the river Danube between Serbia and Romania

Alex and Nova relaxing in Turkey as they look out from their tent at a swarm of hot air balloons

Alex and Nova relaxing in Turkey as they look out from their tent at a swarm of hot air balloons

Alex discovered his future companion on a bridge over the river Danube between Serbia and Romania six months after setting off on his travels.

The cyclist then tried to find her a new home before deciding to adopt her himself.

She was hungry and lonely and at risk where she was,’ Alex wrote on his social media at the time, ‘So I decided to take her on the tallbike, with the intention of getting her to the nearest town so that at least she could find food and not be at risk of falling off the bridge.

‘I didn’t expect her to make it across the border, being an undocumented stray, but by some miracle she did, after a bit of conversation.

After spending a bit of time with Nova, Alex fell in love with the sweet little pup and decided he couldn’t continue his journey without her.

‘We took her to the local vet and got her vaccinations, chip and passport, so I had to quickly think of a name – now I had to keep her,’ Alex explained.

‘So yes, Nova will be joining me on the tallbike, travelling across Europe towards Asia this year.

‘She is a devilish little dog, with tonnes of energy, and proves near to impossible to train, but after all she’s only a pup!’

The cyclist then tried to find Nova a new home before deciding to adopt her himself

The cyclist then tried to find Nova a new home before deciding to adopt her himself

After spending a bit of time with Nova (pictured), Alex fell in love with the sweet little pup and decided he couldn't continue his journey without her

After spending a bit of time with Nova (pictured), Alex fell in love with the sweet little pup and decided he couldn’t continue his journey without her

Alex has ventured on his travels all on top of a tall bike which has a built in trailer for his furry friend

Alex has ventured on his travels all on top of a tall bike which has a built in trailer for his furry friend

The pair have travelled across Europe. Nova in pictured in front of a mosque in Itanbul, Turkey

The pair have travelled across Europe. Nova in pictured in front of a mosque in Itanbul, Turkey

Alex decided to combine this passion with his sense of adventure to travel across the world. Nova is pictured on the bike in Sofia, Bulgaria

Alex decided to combine this passion with his sense of adventure to travel across the world. Nova is pictured on the bike in Sofia, Bulgaria

Alex, a content creator, has documented his travels on social media. He is pictured camping

Alex, a content creator, has documented his travels on social media. He is pictured camping

Nova has a built in trailer on Alex's bike so she can either ride with him or trot alongside him

Nova has a built in trailer on Alex’s bike so she can either ride with him or trot alongside him

Nova, a stray mixed-breed dog, has her own basket on his tall bike’s cargo area, where she sits back and enjoys the views as the pair travel across the world together.

When she’s not sat back enjoying the ride, Nova is scampering along beside Alex and his bike, enjoying the best walkies a dog could ever ask for.

Some of Alex’s followers hit out at the content creator after he posted a video of Nova trotting along beside him and chained to the bike by a lead.

‘She has a trailer, it’s not very visible in this video but it is there.’ he explained. 

‘She is trained to jump in or out whenever she wants… She is not being forced to run alongside the bike, she prefers to run because she is a puppy with too much energy.

‘She is not always chained to the bike like this. Usually she free roams, however when we are on a main road it’s best to have a leash so that she cannot mix with the other vehicles on the road if she chooses to run instead of stay inside the trailer.’

Alex originally from Italy grew up in the UK, and had always loved messing around with the mechanics of bikes. He decided to combine this passion with his sense of adventure to travel across the world.



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