Sept. 18, 2023

The Open Road as Therapy

In this episode of Bike Life, host Tahverlee chats with Ken Francis to discuss the transformative power of cycling, mental health, and the importance of connecting with others through platforms like Warmshowers.

Today, we welcome back former Warmshowers board member, cycle tourer, and legendary host Ken Francis to discuss the important topic of mental health and its connection to both cycling and hosting.

Ken brings his deep knowledge and personal experiences to the table, sharing insights about the transformative power of travel and the impact it can have on one's self-esteem and overall well-being. Through personal stories about his cycling trips in the 1980s and 1990s, he highlights the challenges he faced and the friendships he formed along the way. From navigating self-doubt and mental health issues to finding solace in the Warmshowers community, Ken's journey is an inspiring tale of perseverance and growth.

Join Tahverlee and Ken as they discuss the importance of feeling safe, setting boundaries, and building connections within the cycling community. From overcoming adversity to finding strength in vulnerable moments, Ken reminds us of the transformative power of travel and the importance of prioritizing our mental health along the way.

This episode is best viewed on our YouTube channel @warmshowers_org.

You can follow Ken on YouTube at Ken Francis World and The Intimacy Gram. Find him on Instagram @Adventureman_lb and @The_Intimacy_Gram. Get his books on Amazon here: Great Rides Across America: The Open Road Adventures of Mr. Tour and The Intimacy Gram: Diagram a Map to Find Yourself.

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Theme Music by Les Konley | Produced by Les Konley

Happy riding and hosting!