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Garry McGivern, aka Travelsonabike2. From West Sussex in England, is a long-distance cycle tourist who has cycled around the world. And has now cycled over 60,000 miles in 35 countries across five continents and is 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 found that I’d got a real taste for long-distance cycling and cycle-touring.

Despite being middle-aged and overweight, I can ride a 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 put 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 a further 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 cycle. And what a feeling that was!

Disappointingly though, since contracting sepsis. I seem to have spent a lot of time in and out of the hospital with various ailments. But I’m always keen to get back on the bike after each episode. And with work commitments, health and finances permitting, I continue to cycle.

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!!!

Where’s Garry

After cutting his European bike ride short in September, Garry’s at home planning his next trip. But where’s Garry going to cycle next? There are still a few Covid restrictions around the world, which makes touring a little complicated, especially if it’s a multi-country tour. And, of course, there seems to be rather a lot of political unrest and war around the world.

And, of course, there’s the small problem with Garry’s health. He’s still anaemic and lacks energy. And the mysterious blisters that keep coming up are still under investigation. The doctors think the anaemia and blisters are linked to Garry’s hip infection. (as seems to be everything!) But on the bright side, the hip that Garry’s had so much trouble with over the years seems to be okay. And he’s no longer in pain from it.

Even though Garry might not be on any big tours at the moment, he’s still hoping to go away on shorter trips over a few days or more. You can find out where Garry is at the moment by subscribing to Garry’s blog or by following Garry on social media Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

Updated October 2022

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