In 2020 I was due to cycle across America to raise money for charity and raise awareness of mental health. With the world on lockdown due to Coronavirus my ride across the States is on hold. Instead I’m leading a virtual ride across America, and I’m inviting you to log the miles that you walk, run, or cycle to our virtual trip.
When I’m able to head out in person, I’ll spend 3 months cycling approximately 4000 miles across America, starting from the tip of Cape Cod where the Pilgrims first set foot on American soil in the 400th anniversary year of their landing. My journey will take me across 3 mountain ranges and through 18 states. I’ll be cycling about 50 miles a day – which isn’t that far for a cycle tour – but it allows me time to give talks about my journey and the importance of being open about mental health to schools and other community groups on route. I’m hoping to meet lots of amazing people, and am planning to spend as many nights as possible staying with people who will give me a room for the night – allowing me to get a real insight into the nature of America today whilst also giving me the human contact that I know I desperately need for my own mental health.