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What is CycleInstead?

CycleInstead is about bicycle touring, bike maintenance and everything else to do with helping people get on bikes. One particular project is a 15,000 kilometre journey from Thailand to Scotland by bicycle and the website is where the details and honest accounts of the bike tour will be recorded and posted. I intend to raise money for The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), and raise awareness of mental health issues and suicide prevention. This project is 100% self funded.

Mission Statement:

Explore the landscape, explore the options; encouraging awareness of suicide prevention through an epic bike tour from Chiang Mai to Edinburgh.

Let’s move forward, one revolution at a time.

Background information and the reason:

This all started as a light-hearted rebellion to the modern day, mindless culture of button clicking-flight-booking-internet travel.

“I can just cycle home instead,” I cheekily boasted amongst friends one night.

Then the thought just would not leave me alone.

How could I possibly justify something this radical? Where would I find the time? The money? Suddenly the honesty and rawness of the past motivated me in a way that quite positively took over.

After two years of trying to come to terms with mood swings, low self-esteem and a darkness that I couldn’t put my finger on, I realised that I was depressed—something I thought I would never encounter. The one thing that opened the door, the one thought that lightened my heaviness and kept me motivated to look towards the future, was this idea of an epic journey home by bicycle. However unreachable it seemed, I knew focusing on this single goal was a way to lift myself out of the self-doubting mentality that had begun to occupy so many of my days.

I decided to cycle from Chiang Mai, Thailand to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Having personally lived with depression and after recently losing a very close friend to suicide, the choice to raise awareness of, and money for, a suicide prevention charity was a natural one. I do not know anyone who has not had their lives affected by suicide, and I am certain that everyone wishes there was a wider range of help, support and alternatives for those plagued by mental health issues.

Through this bicycle tour, I aim to spread a simple message; no matter how difficult our life situation is, there are always other options to explore. For me, the option to cycle instead will lead me across 18 countries, 2 continents and a world of adventure. I hope you will follow me on this six-month journey and support the concept of exploring the options. Together we can move forward, one step closer to a healthy mental, emotional and physical state. One pedal revolution at a time.

7 Comments to “About”

  1. Timby bum says:

    Awesome!!! Love it!

  2. The website looks fantastic and I love the name and the mission statement. Good job Abi. I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures. One of my favorite Thai sayings is “soo soo” or fight fight. Here’s to you dear!

  3. Chef De Party says:

    You’re amazing!

    Wishing you all the luck in the world with this challenge Abi.

  4. Islagh Stewart says:

    Abi, you are one crazy lady!!

    I love it!! Good luck.x

  5. Lucy J says:

    Hiyu lovely, just been listening to your spoken excerpts, S’AMAZING hearing your voice, it really brings it all home & what you & Jaye are actually undertaking (pretty f*kn’ big eh), so bloody incredible though, that I started greetin’ at work! AM SO SO PROUD of you woman, Keep On Movin’ Abs x Love you from here to the moon & back! XXXOX

  6. Jeannine Duperron says:

    Thank you Abi and Jaye for exposing this huge problem of depression that the world is experiencing at this time. I am constantly encountering people who are experiencing depression or mental instability of some for or another and who resort to medication. I know there is something else we can do, such as meditation, to help us through these difficult times. I offer you my support in your undertaking and know that each one of us can make a difference to the collective consciousness in alleviating this problem, one soul at a time. I wish you both well on your journey and wish everyone to remember the real purpose of your journey, besides the adventure. Much love

  7. What you are doing is brilliant and the more awareness raising we can do the more we can help a greater understanding of mental wellbeing. With all best wishes for your trip.


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