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Friday, September 19, 2014

Reversing rapids, the Bay of Fundy

As I watched the Bay of Fundy water back up under leaden skies in Saint John, I reflected on how perfectly it echoed my present situation.  I’m struggling and have decided not to try and hide it. It’s a mixture of feelings, but being in constant pain and discomfort, not having slept for more than a few fleeting hours each night for over a month is taking it’s toll on an already depressed body and mind. The nausea is affecting my appetite, too. Maybe meeting up with my stuff again (bike and tent) will help, at least that’s my hope.

It’s going to be a while though as somehow I’ve ended up back in Montreal heading for Toronto. From there I’ll head down to New York where I’m due to pick up the bike. I somehow have to hang around until the middle of October to allow my injuries to get to a point I can (hopefully) use the arm and it’s also when I meet my bike again. I desperately need help with accommodation on this part of the trip as I cannot save money by camping until I get my bike and kit back, please message me if you can help.

No plan, I’m at an absolute rock bottom. So sorry for telling you this, but I’m tired of trying to pretend everything is OK.

Kind regards,


Friday, September 19, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Hello folks. It’s me again. I’m here asking for your help trying to raise funds again for Derek who through no fault of his own is struggling with accommodation and accommodation costs. Please please will you help by donating as much or as little as you can afford so that Derek is not any embarrassing situations. Thank you very much for anything you can help with. Derek, I really hope you do not mind my putting this post on the head please get well soon.

    Friday, September 19, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Hi Andrew,

    Under normal circumstances I would be unhappy asking all the time for help, but now I really have no other option. Thank you.

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 9:41 am

    I’m happy to contribute to Derek’s trip but how can I do that?

      Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      Hi Andy, there is a Donate button on the top right hand side sidebar of my blog pages under the heading “I need your help”

      Kind regards, Derek

Patrick Hugens
Friday, September 19, 2014 at 4:23 pm

Hi Derek,
I’m sorry to hear your predicament, and wish you were closer to Boise. Maybe the fall colors in the North east will lift your spirits a bit. Once you and your bike are re-united, are you planning to head south? I know you have been staying with warmshowers hosts before. Are you hesitant at all right now because you are separated from your bike? My opinion would be that your case is a very clear exception and I would be willing to start a discusion on the warmshowers blog if you are okay with that.
Tailwinds! Patrick

    Friday, September 19, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Hi Patrick,

    Yes I was concerned not to have my bike with Warmshowers hosts, but will accept any help I can. The journey down from Buffalo to NY is my main concern regarding accommodation.

      Patrick Hugens
      Friday, September 19, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      I think any cyclist that reads your story would be very happy to put you up for a cuple of days. I’d like to have you visit much longer to hear all your stories.

Friday, September 19, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Have you tried Couchsurfing?

    Friday, September 19, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I have an old profile, so may look into it, thanks.

Friday, September 19, 2014 at 11:41 pm

Hi Derek! I hope you all the best and wish that I could help you more that I’m able at the moment. You are more than welcome to stay in my new place in Lisbon, Portugal, whenever you want and as long as you want (if your bike ever decides to land this side of Atlantic). I’m still cherishing the memory of listening to The Beatles all night in Batumi. That’s something that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Nothing but the best for you Derek. With HUGE hugs, Hansi

Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 11:43 pm

Hi Derek,

I’m happy you decided to come out of hiding, in spite of the circumstances you are in. It takes courage to do so. Not being able to get a decent nights rest is one of the biggest downers one can experience in life, especially if it comes with constant pain. I hope you find a way to work it out and that your shoulder heals soon.

As for the depression you are in, this is one of the best illustrations I found for lay people:

It might help you to explain to others what is going on with you.
Take care of you and your black dog.

Gotta scoot,

    Monday, September 22, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Being told to “man up” or “get a grip” is the attitude many take, because they do not understand this illness. Thank you Hilke, I will use the video to try and give people an idea of what I’m going through.

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