By Ken and Chloe

Join us on our mission to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention

 Hi, our names are Ken and Chloe Eaton and we are looking forward to our Black Dog Ride experience with the Around Australia Ride 2019 team and help raise funds for this great cause. Although only our first Black Dog, we are fairly experienced in long distance riding, having travelled over 200,000 km’s in the past ten years by motorbike, visiting every capital city in Australia plus much of the outback, including Birdsville and Oodnadatta.

My motorbike travels started after losing my wife, and Chloe’s mum, to younger onset dementia twelve years ago after a downward spiral that lasted six years. A time that started with the positive outlook that I could handle to one of despair of placing a person you love into a hospital to prepare for a life in a nursing home, and seeing that person’s life fade away within three months.

My support during that time was a wonderful friend that had lost her husband, and my good friend, to suicide a few years earlier and to be able to talk and share our dark moments together as we managed to get through those lonely periods. Why my friend Alan could not share his darkness remains a mystery to us.

After my wife Sue passed away, my daughters gave me an option of either buying a motorbike, a lifelong passion of mine, or getting a girlfriend, I brought a motorbike. I would miss Sue’s little companion dog, Chloe,  each time I would ride so quickly developed a little travel pod for her and we have travelled the roads together ever since.

Motorbike riding is a wonderful place to reflect, and along with involvement with the fantastic group of the Ulysses Motorbike Club, I have happily survived a dark period of my life. My reflections led me to establish a small charity called ‘I Ride With Chloe To Fight Dementia’  to raise awareness to the battle carers go through as their love ones forget the things and those around them.

Friends of mine recently lost their son, Leon, to depression and I see the daily pain in their faces so Chloe and I are dedicating this ride to our old friend Alan and our friend’s son, Leon.

I am excited to hopefully be able to share to others my experiences as suffer and survivor of one of the many forms that depression can take, and help this great charity, the Black Dog Ride, so please come and Ride With Chloe To Fight The Black Dog.

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Fabulous sharing with you Chloe and Ken long may you reign
Julian Anderson 2019-10-25 11:19:40
Well Done to Chloe
Pat and Mike Booth 2019-09-30 17:10:43
Go Chloe from the Joondalup Ulysses Branch
Joondalup Ulysses Branch 2019-09-30 16:40:06
Ulysses Supporting the Black Dog Ride
Ulysses Breakfast Club 2019-09-23 09:39:17
Good on you Ken and Chloe! All your miles on the bike are worth it.
Lakeside Vet Centre 2019-09-11 15:34:13
good on you Chloe from Pete and Cheryl Moore Geraldton
Peter Moore 2019-08-31 21:48:05
Darcy Family 2019-08-30 19:38:45
Keep up the great work dear little Chloe. Stay healthy and look after Daddy Ken
Valerie Hansen 2019-08-30 19:23:36
Good luck Chloe
Irene Maglis 2019-08-30 18:40:16
Absolute pleasure to meet men and Chloe in Karratha. You are doing an amazing thing. You all are Nearly home guys. Stay safe
Adam O?Brien 2019-08-25 19:58:59
Anonymous 2019-08-14 08:48:55
To Chloe and her Black Dog Ride Pals From Dave and Shirley Mackay
Ken Eaton 2019-08-11 21:48:51
Well done with all your travels Chloe
Jan Hayes 2019-08-09 17:23:42
Chloe Ken, you are both doing a fantastic job of raising awarness of depression and suicide prevention
Tudor Stephens 2019-08-09 10:00:56
To Ken and Chloe what a wonderfull experience to meet you both in Port Augusta Ride safe and swiftly Best wishes Arthur and Lyn
Arthur Sarjeant 2019-07-31 19:54:14
Bitutek Pty Ltd 2019-07-30 13:47:27
Wishing you and Ken a safe and enjoyable trip all the best from Diane Astute
Diane Wilson 2019-07-19 20:46:42
Love your enthusiasm, dedication and all round beauty Ken and Chloe.
Karen Poole 2019-07-16 22:37:15
Sarah Kingdon 2019-07-11 10:47:42
Anonymous 2019-07-11 10:45:54
Emily and my coffee today!
Kylee Hernon 2019-07-11 10:17:44
Ride safe
John Omeara 2019-07-11 09:19:27
Anonymous 2019-07-02 06:57:58
Great Southern Fuel Supplies 2019-07-01 15:17:20
Len Thornley 2019-06-29 23:28:52
Lots of coffee for Chloe and a beer for Papa
Emily Hernon 2019-06-26 18:25:16
So proud
Heidi Isbister 2019-06-26 00:01:45
Ken and Chloe work so hard to support worthwhile causes. I wish them the very best on their trip.
Anonymous 2019-06-25 13:39:50
Brad Isbister 2019-06-24 22:08:48
Anonymous 2019-06-13 23:06:36
Best wishes for the ride.
Brad Isbister 2019-06-10 12:43:08
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