Niki Rellon's Inspirational Memoir

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Push On: My Walk to Recovery on the Appalachian Trail

Push On: My Walk to Recovery on the Appalachian Trail is the riveting memoir of Niki Rellon’s recovery.  It was while she was rappelling in Utah in 2013, that Niki suffered an injury which would change her life. A fall left her with horrific life altering injuries, including a broken pelvis and spine. In addition, her left foot was so badly damaged that it had to be amputated.

This may have meant the end of extreme sports for some, but for Niki it meant facing new challenges. Against all advice, she decided to hike the Appalachian Trail, with just hiking poles, her new prosthetic leg and bags of determination.

Niki’s book, Push On: My Walk to Recovery on the Appalachian Trail tells a story of courage and resolve to never give in, even when it seems like you are facing impossible odds.

Niki has not let her injury define her. She continues to participate in numerous sports. Her memoir is a book of courage, determination, and tells of her many adventures, starting with her accident, her recovery, her walk on the Appalachian Trail, her motorcycle adventures. Its filled with pictures of Niki, and her triumph through recovery.


This book is Niki Rellon’s memoir. In it, she includes tons of personal photos of her journey, her challenges and her triumphs. The book is now available on Amazon.

The journey of 2,200 miles starts with one single step.

Niki Rellon

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HMS Bounty

Back when I was cycling from Alaska to Key West in 2002, I stopped off in St. Petersburg to visit the Salvador Dali Museum. I spent an afternoon admiring paintings from my favorite artist, then I went for a ride along a pier, where I stumbled upon the HMS Bounty. My jaw dropped. I’d seen the 1984 remake of Mutiny on the Bounty back when I was still a kid—this Bounty had been built for the 1962 version of the movie—and I’d fallen in love with that beautiful ship. I’d dreamed about sailing around the world on the Bounty, and here she was in the flesh, so to speak.


When I got back to my parents’ house in Germany, I received a phone call from my prosthetist back in the US. He asked me if I’d consider participating in the inaugural Disabled World Cup in St. Moritz, Switzerland. One of the team members had to pull out of the competition, and the American team needed at least seven athletes to participate. He knew I was an adrenaline junkie, and he remembered that I was in Germany for my brother’s wedding. He told me they needed me to compete in the skeleton. I’d never even heard of the sport, but I agreed immediately. I know a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when I hear it.

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