I’m Mary, married to Pete. We have two adult children and live in the Yorkshire Pennines. I’ve had MS since 2004.
A particular frustration caused by the MS has been the difficulty of getting out into the countryside together as we used to. Always a problem solver, Pete came up with a novel solution: get a tandem!
After initial scepticism on my part, I am now mobile in unexpected ways, as we’ve been inspired to try out different ideas, and I’m feeling the fresh air on my face again. There’s more about how we got started here.
It made me feel so much happier that I wanted to share my adventures, by tandem, canoe, and even seeing just where I could get to in a wheelchair. I’ve really enjoyed writing the blog posts and taking photos to accompany them. However, as I explained here, I didn’t want to get repetitive so I’m not contributing much at the moment. If I’ve done something particularly memorable then I’ve been tempted back and will continue to do so when the urge takes me!
Note: A few words of safety aren’t amiss for anyone in the same boat who is tempted to try out anything similar, especially if you go far from rescue: carry a spare inner tube or a canister of the stuff that seals and reinflates tyres. As I can’t walk far, we also carry an emergency shelter (a “bothy bag”) and small sleeping bag.
That said, we’re simply having great fun!