What’s the story Tobermory?
I must apologise for the dodgy title. I couldn’t help knicking it from the CBBC classic ‘Balamory’. Evelyn OD’d on it when it when she was about two and a half and the tune will forever ring in my ears. Anyway…..while catching up over an excellent Chile Con Carne and a glass of wine, Pru and Toddy (some close friends of ours) told us about someone rather fantastic, doing something very enviable for a rather important cause. On Sunday (the 4thof September), Reka completed her 450 mile road odyssey riding from the pastel majesty of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull to the urban landscape of Hull in North East Yorkshire.
The ride wound its way down the Western side of the Country taking in Loch Lomond and the formidable Kirkstone Pass in the Lakes, then winding its way across the Dales before finishing with a gentle roll across the plains.
The small group of riders set off on the 28thof August, with Reka’s intention to raise as much money as possibe for the Hull oncology unit (she has a personal interest in the unit). Prior to this ride, Reka rode very little. A short hop across town perhaps. Maybe a spin around the outskirts of the city.
Certainly not up to 90 mile days that involve the highest roads in the Lake District. To add an extra dimension, Reka was given a variety of outfits from local designers and fashionistas to add a splash of colour and an added dimension; all will be auctioned for charity once the dust has settled. Reka has written a very endearing blog all about her trip and experiences via blogger.
I’ve shamelessly nicked some of her photos for use here and by way of penance I’m just about to send her a £30 donation. I hope that keeps the lawyers from my door. If you’d like to join me, the blog contains details of how to donate.
Oh and as if you didn’t have enough reasons to like her already, she loves the children’s book ‘Where the wild things are’, which makes her a winner in Evelyn’s eyes. who would dispute?