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.
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Riding2Recovery: All around the ragged edges
by Graeme Willgress
The second book in the Riding2Recovery series follows the authors continuing battle to overcome poor mental health and raise awareness of mental health issues through ultra distance fundraising cycle tours.
His 2012 journey saw him riding from Lands End in the UK to the far north of the Shetland Isles via Irelands wild and rugged west coast and the Outer Hebrides.
Riding2Recovery: a journey within a journey
by Graeme Willgress
This book tells the story of a man who is on two journeys. The first is a life-long battle with mental health, and the second involves a bicycle. Having suffered a serious breakdown the author returns to cycling after a twenty year gap.Deciding he wants to cycle around the entire coast of Britain, unsupported and alone, the author begins an epic and lifechanging challenge....
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