"Ride into the Mirror" [On Stumpjumper and Trekky through Asia, Europe and North America] is the story of a solo bike ride from Geert van Keulen through three continents. He rode on his beloved Stumpjumper, on Trekky and a short section on Roubaix his racer. In this book you can be an armchair traveller and enjoy beautiful photos, sketches and anecdotes Geert made on the journey. He shares how he made the decision to take a year off from work, the feeling of freedom, the cultures, suffering and meeting of great people such as Charlie who has been riding for 12 years and his friend from the Hinchinbrook Island story Warren Macdonald with whom he rode later on the trip in Arizona.
Geert van Keulen is an experienced traveller and making long solo trips is not unknown to him. In Australia he discovered a love for nature and for unspoiled wilderness. Hiking was his passion but a serious back injury ended that prematurely but he could continue his long journeys on the bike. Geert hiked long routes through New Zealand, Nepal, USA, Tasmania, and South Australia, and a two month hike through the French and Spanish Pyrenees from the Atlantic coast to the Mediterranean coast. In 1997 Geert was involved in a hiking accident that changed both the lives of his hiking partner Warren Macdonald and that of himself. This accident happened on tropical Hinchinbrook Island when a boulder broke off a mountain and fell on Warrens legs. They survived a horrific night in the rain and the 46 hours later Warren was rescued. This experience was later documented by Discovery Channel and released as "I Shouldn't Be Alive, Trapped Under A Boulder". It led to an invite by Oprah Winfrey.