Welcome to my website

My name is Garry McGivern.

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 keep myself occupied. I decided to go on a charity cycle 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 seem to be able to ride a bike for miles, without any practice or training! And have been cycle-touring around different countries ever since. Work commitments and finances permitting.

I’ve since ridden my bike in over 35 countries across 5 continents! And cycled around the world in 2011/12, for cancer research. And have now cycled over 50,000 miles!

Unfortunately, in July 2018, I ended up with severe sepsis shock, and was put into an induced coma! (Read what happened ) This, as you can imagine, 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 once more. And what a feeling that was!

I have set up this website so people can follow my progress; please click on any of the links to find out more.

I hope you enjoy the ride!!!

Where’s Garry

Where’s Garry? Unfortunately, Garry’s stuck at home recovering from surgery!

2021 hasn’t been the best of years for cycle touring! (neither was 2020, for that matter!) What with being stuck at home because of the Covid-19 lockdown! And now Garry’s recovering from hip surgery.

Lockdown was eased in early June, and as soon as he could, Garry was off! Unfortunately, so was everybody else! And with foreign travel banned the campsites were very busy, especially at the weekend! So Garry came up with the idea of touring midweek and returning home for the weekend. This worked for two weeks! While he was on his second week of riding, Garry received a call from the hospital! It was a call that Garry knew was coming, so it was no big surprise. He was just hoping it wasn’t going to be this soon! Garry was being called in for hip surgery, which had been hanging over his head since his first operation in 2018!

Initially, the operation went well, and Garry was back home after only one night in hospital. Unfortunately, two weeks after the operation, his wound became infected, and Garry got readmitted to the hospital! Once again, they had to operate. This time, the surgeon removed any infected tissue and debrided the implant! And after ten further nights in the hospital, Garry was allowed home. He now has to take antibiotics for the next few months in the hope that it will be enough to kill off any infection! And if it doesn’t, well, let’s not go there!

Garry now has several months of rehabilitation before getting back on his bike properly. And he’s hopeful to be able to go away somewhere before the years out, even if it is only an overnight trip!

You can follow Garry’s progress on social media, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Alternatively, sign-up for Garry’s blog to receive his monthly updates and news of future tours.

Where’s Garry web page updated August 2021

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