Zen Riderrs conquer 600-kilometer cycling challenge from Accra to Tamale

The Zen Riderrs, a group of seven Ghanaians on a mission to raise awareness and support for mental health, have successfully completed their arduous journey from Accra to Tamale.

Zen Riderrs finally arrive in Tamale

The team arrived in Tamale after five grueling days of travel on bicycles, covering over 600 kilometers.

Departing from Nsawam, the team embarked on this remarkable adventure, accompanied by an ambulance, a videographer/photographer, a police escort, and several mental health experts. Their mission was not just about the journey but also to interact with communities along the way, educate them on mental health, and share insights on breaking artificial mental barriers to realize one's full potential.

During their expedition, they made stops at various locations, including Apedwa, Nkawkaw, Kumasi, Offinso, Techiman, Dawadawa, and Buipe, among others. These stops allowed them to engage with residents, school pupils, and share their message on mental health. They also utilized radio stations in Kumasi and Techiman to reach a wider audience. Social media was another essential tool to document their unique journey and share details about it in real-time.

The challenging experience included overcoming unexpected hurdles. For instance, Anita Solomon, the sole female rider, had to deal with a flat tire. Nevertheless, with the help of Isaac Sackey Solomon, one of the coaches on the team, the issue was promptly resolved.

They also recounted stories of how the coaches had slightly misled them about the terrain, claiming that the route between Nkawkaw and Kumasi was mainly flat, which turned out not to be the case. The unexpected hills left Anita with some discomfort, and the team leader, Michael Amankwa, humorously remarked that the coaches might face divine punishment for the oversight.

The relentless heat along the journey occasionally forced the team to make unscheduled stops at car washing bays to cool down with water sprays. As they approached northern Ghana, the radiant heat from the ground made Buipe a welcome respite, where they enjoyed chilled drinks and more refreshing water sprays.

Their faces told the story of their challenge under the blazing sun, but it was a journey marked by resilience, determination, and unwavering spirit. Their motto, "Action is the only way to break any artificial mental barrier," served as their guiding principle throughout the trip.

Now in Tamale, the Zen Riderrs will be officially welcomed by the local chief and continue their mission by educating various groups about mental health. They will also make appearances on local media channels before they embark on their journey back to Accra.

The return trip promises to be more enjoyable, as they now have a clearer understanding of what to expect.

The Zen Riderrs are a true testament to the power of determination and the impact of their message on mental health has left an indelible mark on the communities they visited.

They are expected to arrive back in Accra on Saturday, November 11, 2023, as they continue to inspire others to break their own mental barriers and achieve their goals.


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