Happy New Year to all our friends and supporters. You make the work of Freedom from Torture possible and, so, you make a huge difference to lives of our clients. Thanks!
Moira and Heidi were out checking routes for our Cycle against Torture 2019. At Linlithgow Canal Basin we posed with this statue of Dudley, who was the cat of canal-side resident and benefactor, Liz Burrows. Equally charming were the members of the Linlithgow Canal Centre to whom we chatted. One of the met his wife at Hastings, the starting point for Cycle2019, so that was a lovely connection.
As we rode towards Edinburgh the sun came out and we felt like we were racing it because it is low at this time of year and looked ready for setting from midday! An issue which became apparent as we cycled was the complete absence of public toilets. As councils have closed more and more of their toilets, it has become a real public health issue. As long as we forewarn our riders, that will be ok for July, though we expect a fair bit of ‘al fresco’ stops.
We were so lucky with the day. It wasn’t warm but the wind was behind us and it was only cold when we stopped. We look forward to many more ‘recce’ days in the months ahead.