Perspiring or aspiring writer
Published March 2019 .... A Bike Across the Sea ..... More here ... link goes to another website .... £9.99 plus p&p)
Steve Dyster has embarked on a new career. Teacher for twenty-three years, freelance editor, data in-putter with the NHS, Sustrans Schools officer in Stoke-on-Trent, geriatric stay-at-home Dad, joint founder of www.sevendaycyclist.com, doing the housework, published author of articles and a cycling guidebook; just published (Sept. 2017) his first set of short stories later in 2017. Believe it or not, there is not a single mention of a bicycle, tricycle or any other such-like means of conveyance in The Navigator.
As you can see, I like beer. History, walking, cycling and lots of other interests get in the way of family life, to is it the other way round? Favourite books; The Good Soldier Svejk, and of the Flashman stories, The Woodlanders, Around the World on a Bicycle, First Love .... Music; Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Stax, Motown, Doo-Wop, Jimmy Shand, stuff from my youth ...
I have a wife and son who love swimming, surfing, coasteering; Larry the Lurcher and I do not, but he can swim - even if rather desperately. I intend to learn.
Harry Davies:Waiting for the MagiruCarried across Europe to promote awareness of the part played by Stoke-on-Trent in the Lidice Shall Live campaign
I do not often seek sponsorship, especially for things I would like to do anyway and would not find a challenge.
I have registered for Wheels on the Western Front 2918 Ride to Victory, in support of ABF The Soldiers' Charity . I have done so for two reasons. Yes, I am keen to visit sites associated with the final hundred days of the Great War. More importantly, the ABF has supported ex-servicemen and their families for many years and continues to do so and is, sadly, just as important now as it was when it was set up in 1944. most soldiers return to civilian life like ducks to water, some find life harder, others are left maimed, some families are left bereaved.
In 1945, my Dad, Stanley, returned to civilian life after, as he put it, "having my youth messed up by the Second World War." Had he needed help he may have found support from the RAF Benevolent Fund. My Grandfather, Harry, conscripted in 1916, and his brother, William, a professional soldier, would have been of the wrong generation for the ABF. Emma, my wife, was an officer in the TA, but has suffered no ill effects!
You do not have to have benefitted from something to think that it is worthwhile contributing to it. I'd rather no benefit from the NHS (though I have) and happily contribute on the basis that it is there for others. Likewise our army; I'd prefer them not to have to act in either war or peace.
So, I signed up for Wheels on the Western Front 2014 and rode a Pashley Roadster three-speed from Wellington Barracks, London, to Compiegne, via dover, Nieuwpoort, Ypres and the Somme. It was a challenge on that machine, though I have to say my ascent of Vimy Ridge was very nippy.
In 2018 I hope to find a stoker for my Hase Pino tandem. Maybe someone who will be fit enough to to the trip but can't ride a solo bicycle, someone who served in the military, someone sight-impaired .... an opportunity to travel through history for someone who would not be able to do it alone. Details of the ride are here https://www.soldierscharity.org/events/wheels-on-the-western-front/ (Takes you to a different site).
Know someone who might like to give it a go? Like to have a bash yourself? Get in touch!
You will need to register (£250) and fundraise jointly with me (target £3000). But, let's not jump the gun.
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Stephen-Dyster1 (Takes you to a different website)
An account of Wheels on the Western Front 2014 (Takes you to a different website)