Learning Life’s lessons as I pedal the yellow bicycle across France.

My name is Stephanie.

My blog is about an ordinary woman with an extraordinary yellow bicycle and how together as a team, they overcame one of life’s dreaded obstacles. It is also about my thoughts and philosophies and stories over the course of that time.

If you are still interested then read on;

If not I wish you well on your journey through this great and fabulous life, where the only certainty is the present moment.

My Story;

I always took my health and indeed my life for granted.

I cycled as my main form of transport.

I grew organic vegetables, kept a small herd of milking goats for milk and cheese and a flock of hens for eggs.

I encountered some stressful times, a divorce, a move away from the life mentioned above but nothing I couldn’t handle.

In time I bought a little camper van and would head away in it whenever I could with my bike on board.

Finding a pleasant place to park, I’d potter around small country lanes on my bike exploring, looking for inspiration for photo’s or drawings, coming back in the evenings to pour a glass of wine and settle down to a bit of writing or painting before crawling into my cozy camper bed for the night.

One year taking the wrong turn home I chanced upon a bike shop and there outside was a yellow bicycle.

An hour later the yellow bicycle was mine.

A month later I was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer that had already metastasized.

And I was bound speedily for death (or so I thought).

Better cycle the yellow bicycle as much as I could.

Get my money’s worth so to speak.

And I did.

As soon as my surgery was over I was up on that bike (two surgical drains still in my legs pinned to a pair of pyjama bottoms worn under a long skirt to prevent them getting caught in the spokes)

And during a year of gruelling treatment I continued to cycle.

Surprisingly I didn’t die.

And when my treatment was over, I took the yellow bike to france and we cycled together from the atlantic to the mediterranean

I learnt many lessons from the saddle as I pedalled along.

She inspired me to continue writing my stories and still does.

She keeps me calm when life becomes hectic so that no matter how furiously I am pedalling below I always appear sedate on top.

We have many adventures together.

Through rust and punctures,

Through illness and good health

till death do us part….

‘I Do’

I hope you will enjoy reading my blog as much as I love writing it and may I mention all Photo’s splattered haphazardly throughout are my own.

steph and bike dunlaoire 002


20 thoughts on “About”

  1. Thank you for linking here from the Slow Bicycle Movement page


    • Your very welcome. :)and lovely to see you here.


      • Hi, I love the look of your blog. What an amazing lady you are! And some great photos. Can I ask a stupid question? When I read one of your posts, how do I leave a comment? I can only do it at the moment if I reply to someone else’s comment. Am I missing something?


      • Goodness am not great at such queries as i’m pretty poor from a techno point of view , but i think you just comment as though replying to someone elses comment . sure give it a go, whats the worst that can happen? 🙂


  2. Anyone that is a bike enthusiasts is my kind of person..lol! Nice to meet you Stephanie.


  3. What an inspiring story, and oh…I can see why you fell in love with that gorgeous bike!
    I’m looking forward to going on this journey with you – following.


    • Thank you for reading, ah you are a midwife I see:), I did my midwifery training in aberdeen but returned to surgical nursing when i returned to Ireland as midwifery jobs were few and far between. yes birth is THE most wonderful thing. best wishes Stephanie


  4. Hi Stephanie,
    I really like your blog. So, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. I hope you accept, and I look forward to reading your story. Here’s a link to my blog, and one more that you may find helpful. Here’s to the love of blogging!!!


  5. Lovely blog look forward to reading your stories , I have never seen a happier bicycle , I found your blog through reading your comments on Melissa’s garden page , you mentioned your sister had set up a gardening page , I came here to see if there was a link to it and found this lovely blog so glad I did. Happy Days.Kathy.


    • Hi Kathy, Its lovely to meet you. What part of the west of Ireland do you live in (I LOVE the west) yes one of my sisters lives in sligo and has set up a fb page called ‘dig deep’ Its only a small group yet with about 18 members. steph x

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  6. Hi Stephanie. I’m Richard Harding and came by your blog from a path through Cybele at BeanandBantam blog and the kind things she had to say about my dad’s poetry and refered me your fine writing as well. I have so many reasons to relate to your experiences but will try to restrain myself. My grandfather came here from Cork City in the 1850’s. I finally had a chance to see some of Ireland in 2005. Beautiful – does not to it justice. We took in a lot of Connemara and most of the Counties south and east of Sligo. I want to go back and stay longer and your “one day at a time on a bike” sounds incredible. I have spent many hours on a bike just for the joy of riding. Congratulations on achieving wellness and happiness through all your embracing of life in all its dimensions. Will follow you reguarly. rdh


    • Hi Richard, Yes cycling does something for the soul does it not? And Ireland too (but then I may be biased) Connemara is my favorite place of all especially to cycle in though I lived many years in sligo, very near to Yeats waterfall at glencar lake. Thank you so much for your kind words and for reading, nearly finished my long working week at the hospital and looking forward to writing another blog post at the weekend 🙂


  7. Aran island girl’s mention brought me here. I’m blessed it did! I have a young friend battling cancer, I posted your blog on FB and called her attention to it. I want a yellow bike. I rode a bike everywhere when I was a young girl. Not so young anymore, but your story inspires me.


    • Hi Meredith, Thanks for reading. I hope your friend has a good recovery and will be well again. I think thats the thing with cancer! you just want to be back to your old self again, to the life you had when you didn’t think about illness. As for riding a bike, you are never too old 🙂

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  8. Here’s to you – a vision and the stamina to get there. 🙂

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