What’s this crap about then?, surely it’s just another blog filled with mindless ramblings of some adventure cyclist, a hobo on a bike, probably, well yeah sorry, not sorry .
What’s the point of it? basically I am going to try and sell bikepacking and indeed biking as a form of therpy for keeping those days when feeling flat and blue at bay. I have in the past suffered wrestled with mental crap and for a good chunk of my life it was disabling, I tried some archaic but effective treatments and therpies to try and alleviate some of it, so I kinda have an understanding of what works and what doesnt. I’ve found that biking and such activities, is not just a great form of pleasure but have been very successful as a coping mechanism, for me anyhow, and I hope to show others who suffer similarly that there is a alternative to being beaten by the black dog.
Whilst I may have been bitten by the black dog more than my far share of times in the past, I am very aware theres nothing special about me, or the reasons I suffer, my storey unfortunately is not special or unique, I dont claim to be anything other than me, I just hope that someone can find comfort in these pages and maybe even some motivation, to kick the dog in the balls when it comes around.
What is bikepacking ? Bikepacking is adventure cycling a kinda of a mixture of backpacking across mountainous or remote terrain and touring cycling off road, generally on trekking routes, fire, gravel or dirt roads, often away from civilised society.
But whats the point? Well ok, I’m hoping that I can provide some inspiration to people who struggle, occasionally, with the black cloud or dog, or people that have been through shit and just feel like it’s relentless, it always happens, so what’s the friggin point? I hope that I can make people or even just one person feel like they are not alone, because thats a horrible place to be. I will try portay how biking and a postive outlook can overcome that crap feeling as I am all too aware of how it can affect people, crippled their sense of purpose, sometimes destroying the chances for happiness, and can if not kept on top of get in the way of everything. I hope i can show how I beat it back, what helps me and what does not. I hope that I can show people, or even one person, that if I can do it, anyone can.
It’s not hard doing active stuff; life’s the hard bit to get to grips with. Doing active stuff helps that; trust me, give it a go, you will like it, promise.
So what am I doing? Well, just riding away, basically, as much as i can, to as many places as i can, solo, because this is my happy place, blasting around up and down mountains on a loaded bike, floats my boat. How far, how often and for how long depends mostly on funds and time avaiable and the support I can muster.
Who’s going? Me, just me.
Why? Because I can, and if I can’t do something, the experience will be funny to somebody, or make a interesting story.
Am I fearful of stuff going wrong, solo? Yes and no. What scares me more is doing nothing and sitting around here peering into my head and seeing whats in there, countless hours of therpy have made me relalise too much looking aint always good, taking responsibility and choosing how to react to crap is where it is at. What also scares me is getting old and thinking i could have experienced more, travelled more, experienced more.
I have had countless instances on mini adventures were it’s totally shite, something has gone very wrong, and I think what the hell am I doing here, why did I do this, how stupid am I, this is dangerous, dick!!!
a great article on how biking can help with mental wellbeing