Finding a path forward for me and the planet
Hello, and welcome to Pedalling Forwards: a bike journey to heal the planet and myself. Follow me as I ride in search of sustainability innovations and inspiration. The project needs funds to make it happen, and I’d love your support. You can donate at: www.gofundme.com/pedallingforwards
The Back Story
My name’s Nick. I was an engineer and scientist turned not-for-profit community organiser, but my health deteriorated due to chronic stress and burnout followed by antibiotics damage.
Early last year my gut seized up and I ended up in hospital with starvation. Almost all my muscles had atrophied away to the point where it was a challenge to walk around the block on my thin and weakened legs.
When I set off on a month-long solo bike adventure in November, it came after months of rebuilding. It was something I’d dreamed of doing for years, but I’d been held back by ill health. The bike trip was also part of my healing process, helping re-build my physical and mental resilience.
I’ve come a long way, but I’m still on the road to recovery. I’m uncertain about re-entering the workforce, as I still battle IBS and fatigue. But I can ride a bike and I can write, if I have the freedom to go at my own pace.
I’m preparing for another big bike journey, from Hobart up the east coast of Australia, leaving at the start of March.
I want to travel to innovative sustainability projects along the way, and blog about them as I go. I hope to discover what possibilities are out there for those like me who want to work in a sustainability-related field; to find good-news-stories and get inspired — and perhaps inspire others.
I’ve met so many people struggling with chronic stress and associated health issues — but not talking about it, as though it’s some shameful secret. I want to start writing openly about my health challenges and recovery process, rather than hiding it.
My last bike journey taught me that you can become capable of doing something by going and doing it. I would love to do a trip like this — it feels like a way to do something meaningful that’s true to myself and where I’m at.
There are several ways you can help with this project, and I’d love your support.
Donate to help get this journey started or to keep me pedalling.
Follow my journey on social media and spread the word.
Get in touch to suggest places I should visit on my journey, or to offer feedback or other advice.
I would also really appreciate any ‘in-kind’ support you can offer, such as bike parts and services, or a bed and warm shower along my route bike.
Thanks for following my journey! It’s great to have you along for the ride.