'Don't let your biggest fears stand in the way of your dreams, even if your biggest dreams happen to be your biggest fears.' That was exactly Bernie Friend's attitude when he ditched medication and group therapy to overcome a very unwanted companion - paranoia. A complete novice to long distance cycling, Bernie confronted many demons on his epic journey - a coastal cycle route which circles 6,000 kilometres of the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Scotland and England.Arm wrestling drunken trawlermen, a geriatric half marathon, Viking bring-and-buy sales, decapitated pirates, burning witches, Shakin' Stevens mega mixes, sea crossing motorways, walking sand giants and remote islands most people can't even be bothered to mark on a map are just some of the secrets coughed up by this adventure. Michael Palin and Bill Bryson watch out! Bernie's very personal story told in an easy-going travelogue style will have you hooked from start to finish. This is hugely entertaining and downright inspirational!
Bernie Friend works for the Daily Mirror and People newspapers and his books include Cycling Back to Happiness, a two-wheeled anxiety-ridden travelogue around northern Europe, and Pure Harry - a collection of the best quotes from national footballing treasure Harry Redknapp.
He has just finished trawling through the beer, birds and blood-stained pages of Red Card Roy, the biography of English football's most indisciplined player, Roy McDonough, who collected a record 22 red cards.
Bernie lives in Leigh on Sea, Essex, with wife Kate and cats Johnny and Cash.