No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.
Almost five years ago when I privately made the decision to cycle around the world, I suspected that it would change my life forever. I wasn’t wrong, although I was completely off the mark about how exactly it would affect me.
The experience of traversing the globe on two wheels hasn’t made me want to get up and cycle every morning, become a massive fan of the gym or strive for the perfect body, far from it. What it has done however is to make me want to share my story, my tales of adventure from the road.
Sometimes it’s a Skype or Facetime conversation with some wide eyed dreamer, from 16 to 60, who harbour similar ambitions to take the road less travelled asking about what type of tyres were on my bike. It can be a group of school kids hanging on every word of my crashes, robberies or dealing with the many tough days in isolation along my route. I’ve also had groups of company employees, cynical and weary, asking questions about the scary real life practicalities, What about work? Money? Family commitments?
Writing my first book “Pedal The Planet” throughout 2015 and 2016 was probably a tougher experience then actually doing the cycle, without a publisher or distributor it’s virtually impossible to get a book into the mainstream consciousness of both readers and book shops.
For those of you following my adventures over recent years, I’ve never been one to accept a brick wall or a mountain as an impassable object in my way I’ve had to either go over or around to get to the other side. Thankfully a few small book shops believed in the book and helped me get it into some people’s hands across the country over the last 15 months and along with supporters and readers of my blogs I managed to outsell every single non-fiction book in the country the week it was released on World Suicide Prevention Day in September 2016.
After winning the Carousel Aware Prize for Best Non-Fiction late last year, the mainstream has finally woken up to my story. The main book suppliers have now come on board and will be stocking my book early in 2018.
On top of this news, a lot of people have asked for an audio book version, mostly serious, although some just joking “I don’t read books, can you read it to me?” well the good news is that in just a few months I will happily oblige. I spent a few days in a recording studio back in December and in April 2018, I’ll be releasing the audiobook version of the book which I’m very excited about.
Getting to share my stories, in my own voice has been something I’ve wanted to do for some time, and I can’t wait to share those adventures with you. To give you a sneak preview of what you can expect why don’t you check out the first chapter of the book below.