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.
Unfortunately, since contracting sepsis, I have spent a lot of time in and out of the hospital with various ailments. And 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!!!