Route66

Route66

The story began on Saturday 14th April 2018, when Nick, Amelia and David: Team Mentalists, took on the Southern Rough Runner 10km to raise money for Bike Tours For The Wounded – BT4TW, who supports Military personnel that are wounded, injured or sick, physically or mentally, and is considered to be career or life limiting through serving their country.

The Rough Runner is a gruelling 10km cross-country route, with FIFTEEN challenging obstacles along the way, climaxing in the world famous “Travelator” at the end of the course.

Whilst the challenge itself is a worthy foe, there was an added dimension to this challenge. Take into consideration that Army Veteran Nick Wilson has debilitating, physical and mental, medical conditions meaning he cannot walk further than 50m without being in chronic pain and that they covered 200 times that distance, plus tackling fifteen obstacles along the way. It now begins to dawn on you the sheer size of the challenge that faced Nick, Amelia and David when they took on the Rough Runner. Changes the dynamic substantially now, doesn’t it!?

Now comes the biggie! Bike Tours For The Wounded – Wounded Warrior Challenge.

Each year Bike Tours For The Wounded strives to provide the opportunity for 52 servicemen, servicewomen and veterans to be taken on a motorcycle tour of Route 66 or an amazing tour of the Wild West as a pillion. This is achieved through the numerous fundraising activities we organise and the generous donations from the general public and supporters. These tours can be both mentally and physically challenging, yet have been proven to be extremely beneficial to those who have taken part whilst at varying stages of their rehabilitation process.

This year, Nick Wilson was lucky enough to be invited by Bike Tours For The Wounded to accompany them for 10 days travelling the iconic Route 66 highway in America, along with his loving partner and part-time carer: Amelia Thorpe. Departing on Wednesday 16th May for their starting point in Las Vegas, Nick will be providing a Vlog of their encounters, challenges and experiences, including the good, the bad and the teary.

So buckle in, add this page to your favourites and keep the hankies at the ready, for anything could happen over the next 10 days and knowing Nick, it mostly likely will.

Latest Videos

#Route66 – Last Day

It’s been exhausting, emotional, inspiring, exhausting and everything in between. In this last Stateside video from yesterday, Amy tells the story of how #BTFTW started, the journey it took as well as the remarkable tale of John Baca awarded Medal of Honor and a huge supporter of Bike Tours for the Wounded. Please watch and please donate a pound or two at https://give.everydayhero.com/uk/the-…

#Route66 – Legends

It was a privilege to chat to some legendary veterans about their experiences on this tour – with top tips from Amelia today, please watch today’s vlog and remember to #donate here https://give.everydayhero.com/uk/the-… #route66 #biketoursforthewounded #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness
#Route66 – Ethos and values

I’ve been thinking about values and ethos while on the Wounded Warrior Challenge run by Bike Tours for the Wounded. Plus great to talk to some fantastic veterans… Help us to help wounded veterans https://give.everydayhero.com/uk/the-… #MentalHealth #route66

#Route66 – Day 6 – Nurture Relationships

 

After a very, very long, arduous day, here’s the latest from the First Wounded Warrior Challenge run by Bike Tours for the Wounded. Nurture those relationships around you… Help us to help wounded veterans – donate here https://give.everydayhero.com/uk/the-… #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #route66

#Route66 – Day 5 Belief

The latest from the First Wounded Warrior Challenge run by Bike Tours for the Wounded! Help us to help wounded veterans – donate here https://give.everydayhero.com/uk/the-… and as a thank you here’s some stunning images of mountains and a little vlog about belief. #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

Route 66 – Day 3 – Close Encounters

The brakes are off… Day three of the First Wounded Warrior Challenge run by Bike Tours for the Wounded! Help us to help wounded veterans – donate here https://give.everydayhero.com/uk/the-mentalists #MentalHealthWeek

Route66 Day One – The Flight… or is it?

Day one of the First Wounded Warrior Challenge run by Bike Tours for the Wounded! #MentalHealthWeek – follow the hashtag #Route66 for all our updates. I’ll be posting about the challenge and things we’ve learnt each day. Stateside, here we come!

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Testimonials

A really interesting and engaging session today, thank you so much for attending. It’s not often that such a session will provide a full action plan for an organisation and some really key areas to address, in order to address Mental Health within the workplace. Highly recommended any organisation having Nick come in and speak to your staff, your managers or your leaders! Thanks again Nick!

– Katy Frith, HR Manager, Havebury

I highly recommend Nick, the depth of his knowledge and the manner in which he openly talks about a subject that affects so many lives is nothing short of inspiring.

– Danny Morgan Tech IOSH, Health, Safety & Facilities Manager

It was a pleasure and an honour to have you in this morning to speak about PTSD Nick, I know the team took away some great insight and learning around this topic. Thank you

– Glen Clayton, Aspire Oxford