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Galway adventurer’s 7,000 km global challenge

Day 76 of Johnny Coyne’s cycle from Canada to Costa Rica, and the Galway adventurer was characteristically chirpy.

“It’s been very challenging but I’m feeling really good,” said the Clonbur businessman via a WhatsApp call from the ‘middle of nowhere’ in mainland Mexico.

The 23-year-old is roughly two-thirds through his 7,000 kilometres trip on a €400 refurbished bike.

Despite gruelling eight-hour daily cycles since leaving Vancouver last October, he remains upbeat.

“I had many breakdowns, and many times when I’ve been really low, but I push through, and they made me stronger. It’s tough but I like the discipline, and chasing my dream and vision,” he said.

The dream is to be a TV presenter; to document extreme travel exploits for television. For now, he’s recording content on his smartphone which he edits daily and posts on Instagram (johnnybgood_adventures).

Johnny also has a mission – “I’m passionate about outdoors and trying to help other people better themselves,” he said.

Johnny, sober for over a year, has walked the walk.

“I was in a bad place. My father died when I was 15. He was sick growing up, so it was a hard upbringing. That directed me down a bad path. I became very troubled, with drink and drugs.

“Eventually I completely turned my life around. Now, I’m trying to inspire other people to do the same. There is another way of life; you can still live a fun life without drink and drugs,” he said.

Caption: Johnny Coyne taking a breather in Beverly Hills.

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