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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.

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!!!

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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

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Page updated August 2023

Latest Posts:

Travelsonabike2 Turkey This Day 1st-December-2011

This week’s Travelsonabike2 on this day cycling post comes from Turkey on the 1st-December-2011. I’m halfway across Turkey on my World tour. And I’m trying to work out which way to go after my original route through Iran was blocked. Thursday 1st December 2011 Duzce to Gerede. 70 miles. After spending yesterday afternoon looking into …

Garry McGivern’s November-2023 Update

November-2023 Update Garry McGivern’s regular monthly update. There’s really not much to say about November, apart from my health issues. The weather’s been pretty awful, and I’ve not been feeling too good for much of the month. I had some blood tests, but nothing was obvious. And I’m feeling better now. I’m an enigma! I …

Travelsonabike2 Turkey This Day 24th-November-2011

This week’s Travelsonabike2 on this day post comes from Turkey on the 24th-November-2011. And I’ve had one of the most chaotic days on a bike I’ve ever had. Thursday 24th November 2011. Seymen to Istanbul 61 miles. What a hard ride today. There’s been a strong side wind, which isn’t too bad. That is until …