Training in Thailand is going well. It's almost 12 months since starting out from Hanoi in May 2016 achieving a cycling distance of 10,000 Kms to Sydney. The Long Ride Home achieved one of its most important goals - raising awareness of PTSD.
Along the way, we met with many people and organisations that sincerely supported the ride. There were a lot of ups and down along the ride, battling heat on the Asia leg, the cold winter conditions and SA worst storms in 50 years in Australia, and finishing safely at the Sydney Opera house after talking to the minister for veterans affairs Dan Tehan MP and meeting the Governor General of Australia Sir Peter Cosgrove, and Patron of the Long Ride Home Mike Jeffrey in Canberra.
On a very sad note, one of supporters who looked after the Long Ride Home team whilst passing through Ceduna was a victim of this terrible sickness, PTSD. Ashley Meeks (Ceduna police) sadly committed suicide which shocked family, friends and the local community - PTSD is real and without the preventative measures and further research PTSD it will strike when least unexpected.
I am committed to keeping alive the long ride home goals whenever and wherever I ride to continue raising the awareness of PTSD. The journey towards total victory over PTSD continues on as I stay on my bike training in Thailand with another organised ride to be announced for 2017 soon.
Still Truckin in Thailand.