Amy-Nicole Peters is halfway through her transcontinental 6000km ride to help put mental health on the radar of those she passes.
Following her own battle with mental health issues, Amy-Nicole is raising money for the charities Lifeline, Beyond Blue, Black Dog and Qlife.
Amy-Nicole passed through the Clare Valley on Monday, October 23.
She said she started the ride to show you people they didn’t have to be a superhero to take on challenges in life.
“Even endless and impossible challenges like riding a bike across Australia are achievable if you do it a little bit at a time. I have struggled with mental illness most of my life. I want others to know that even though it may be tough, there is help out there and you can get through it,” Amy-Nicole said.
The 6000km journey would take Amy-Nicole through moments of epic wonder, harsh struggle and wonderful connection.
She has ridden the Munda Biddi trail in Western Australia.
She has crossed The Nullabor. She battled 45 degree heat with a headwind for days.
She's even fought off that tiny voice telling her she’s crazy and should give up, but it’s all part of showing people you can overcome your challenges and face fears.
“I would say that the easy part is the bike riding. The challenging part is the elements. Extreme wind, rain, sun, cold and heat combines with the logistics of figuring out where to camp and what to eat. That's what takes it out of me.” she said.
“The most preparation I did for this ride was riding 15km to work every day. To be honest nothing can prepare you for riding your bike for 12 hours a day into a head wind except riding your bike for 12 hours a day into a head wind. At the start and end of every day now I am so grateful for all of the people who have helped me out along the way. Even that slightly chilled 'been-in-a-car' water is heavenly."
Amy-Nicole said she wanted to give back to the organisations which helped her to overcome and live with her struggles.
“I have spoken to lots of people so far on my journey and all of them have personal connections to issues of mental health. Unfortunately, many of them have never heard of these fantastic organisations.“
“Australia and Australians needs to talk more about their issues.”