On 30th of May I am attempting to cycle The Hebridean Way - 300km across 10 islands, 6 causeways and 2 boat crossings - all within 24 hours. A worthy challenge for a worthier cause.
Situated in the far north-west part of Scotland, The Outer Hebrides is a chain of islands offering breathtaking views, unique geology, incredible wildlife and rich historical heritage. It's where vikings fought the Scots, where people speak Gaelic and where kelpies can be found (including Seonaidh – a water-spirit who has to be offered ale).
Weather sounds ace as well - quoting Wikipedia:
"if a visitor asks an islander for a weather forecast he will not, like a mainlander answer dry, wet or sunny, but quote you a figure from the Beaufort Scale: There are gales one day in six at the Butt of Lewis and small fish are blown onto the grass on top of 190 metre (620 ft) high cliffs at Barra Head during winter storms.'"
The route I plan to cycle starts at the Island of Vatersay at the southern tip of the archipelago and finishes at the Butt of Lewis lighthouse in the far north. I'll have my bike, a small tent, food, water and a good amount of cycling Rule Number 5 (https://www.velominati.com/).
Why am I doing it? Partly because I couldn't come up with reasons why not to, but mostly because I'd like to support the worthy cause of Teach For Bulgaria - to ensure every child in Bulgaria has access to quality education. I have been their active supporter for the last few years either as a student mentor in several of their initiatives or helping them with different events. They are an amazing bunch full of dedication and resolve and they make a difference. You can read more about them here: https://zaednovchas.bg/en/about-us/
You can see updates about my adventure on the day on Strava (https://www.strava.com/athletes/1961125) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/yavor_atanasov)