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Garry McGivern, Travelsonabike2 from West Sussex in England, is a long-distance cycle tourist who has cycled over 60,000 miles in 35 countries across five continents and still going.

In December 2007, I lost my wife to breast cancer, aged only 42. To say thank you to the local hospice that cared for her (St Wilfred’s) and to keep myself occupied. I decided to go on a charity bike ride from Spain to England. After completing this first cycle ride, I discovered that I had a real taste for long-distance cycling and cycle touring. Despite being middle-aged and overweight, I could ride my bike for miles without any practice or training. And have been cycling around different countries ever since.

A Slight Hiccup

Unfortunately, in July 2018, I had severe sepsis shock and was placed into an induced coma! (read what happened) As you can imagine, this left me unable to ride my bike. But after spending six weeks in the care of my local hospital. Where I also had a temporary hip fitted, I was allowed home. After another two months of recovery at home, with much physio and to-ing and fro-ing from the hospital. I was once again able to get back on my bike and ride.

Disappointingly, since contracting sepsis, I have spent a lot of time in and out of the hospital with various ailments. But in May 2023, I was diagnosed with Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy (DCM), which causes narrowing of the cervical spinal canal, leading to chronic spinal cord compression and resultant neurologic disability. I don’t know if it’s connected to my sepsis, and I don’t think the doctors know either. But despite this devastating news, I continue to ride my bike. And with work commitments, health and finances permitting, I hope to continue touring.

I have set up this website so people can follow my travels; please click on any of the links to find out more. I hope you enjoy the ride!!!

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Where’s Garry

Where’s Garry McGivern Travelsonabike2? After returning home from his last tour of the Low Countries, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, and (France. he had to get there). Garry has been busy at home, working and looking at ideas for his next trip, which is somewhat complicated because of health issues. He was diagnosed with Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy (DCM) in May 2023. A serious condition that causes narrowing of the cervical spinal canal. Leading to chronic spinal cord compression and resultant neurologic disability. And as this is a degenerative condition, Garry has to have regular hospital check-ups. But despite his illness, he still hopes to get away. But the chances of travelling out of Europe are slim.

Eventually, Garry will have to have an operation. But the timing of any operation is unknown, hence Garry’s travel restrictions and regular check-ups. And as mentioned above, he won’t be embarking on any major tours. But he still hopes to go away on shorter trips over a few days or possibly weeks. And if anybody has any ideas for trips that Garry could do, bearing in mind his time restrictions. Please get in touch via social media or use the Contact Garry page.

Where’s Garry

You can find out where Garry is and how his Myelopathy affects him and his cycling by subscribing to his email updates or following Garry on social media Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest. Apart from following Garry on social media, you can see if he’s away by looking at the map below.

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Page updated February 2024

Latest Posts:

Travelsonabike2 Australia This Day 12th-April-2012

This week’s Travelsonabike2 on this day post comes from Australia on the 12th-April-2012: a good day’s mileage and a pleasant surprise at the end of the day. Thursday 12th April 2012 Burra to Renmark. 124 miles. It’s been a much better ride today. The wind has dropped and changed direction, although it’s been a bit …

Travelsonabike2 Bicycle Touring Photos March-2024

Garry McGivern’s Travelsonabike2 March-2024 bicycle touring photos. Photographs that Garry has taken while travelling around on his bike that have appeared on the website over the past month. This month’s photos come from Spain, Indonesia, Scotland, Greece and England. There is also a link to Garry’s Flickr page, where the majority of the photographs that …

Travelsonabike2 Morocco This Day 5th-April-2009

This week’s Travelsonabike2 on this day post comes from Morocco on the 5th-April-2009, and I’m in Marrakesh. Two days previous, I’d had a long, stressful day cycling into Marrakesh and was ready to go home. But thankfully, I didn’t because, from that point, my adventure in Morocco only got better. There is a more embellished …

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