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I've been many things in my life. A father, teacher, husband, climber, paraglider pilot, and a cyclist,to mention a few.
My adult life has been plagued with poor mental health, and when I broke down six years ago I was left in a wilderness of craters and debris.
The next three years saw the passing of my mother, father, and sister, adding to my despair.
With support from my doctor and therapist I survived each day and the emotional outbursts that ruled my life at that time.
After a chance meeting with some touring cyclists in Scotland I remembered how much I had enjoyed cycling in the past. On my return I purchased a cycle and, after a twenty year gap, began to ride again.
As I progressed, the idea of cycling around the UK coastline came to me. I wanted to talk openly about living with poor mental health, and I also wanted to do some fundraising for the UK charity Sustrans.
Since that small beginning, my life is slowly changing. I have now completed two long distance rides, raising awareness and reducing stigma of what it means to live with poor mental health. Riding2Recovery is a long term project that grows as I do. My second book: Riding2Recovery: all around the ragged edges,willl be published early next year and I'm making plans to ride again in 2013.
I've always loved the outdoors, and now it's helping me to live a different lifestyle, a life that is more sustainable.
Where my adventures will lead me is unknown, but I do know that I will meet many interesting people on the way and continue to write about them and the places I visit.
I hope my writing helps you enjoy those places as well.
on Nov. 27, 2015 :
This book is a very honest account of the struggles of mental health. I related to some of the things this writer says, we may of had different experiences but understood completely what he went through. Through my own struggles of mental health, cycling is the one thing that has kept me going and will be planning my own trips next year, this book made me realised that anything is possible no matter what the struggles we may face mentally and can all be improved by travelling and meeting new people along the way. It was great to read about the people and places on his journey and how he coped with the struggles which again helps me to realise that I to can have adventures of my own. Was a great book and certainly worth a read, just bought his second book and looking forward to reading it, as this first one was an absolute pleasure to read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)