"In merry England in the time of old, when good King Henry the Second ruled the land, there lived within the green glades of Sherwood Forest, near Nottingham Town, a famous outlaw whose name was Robin Hood" but this story is not about him; nor is it about Maid Marian.
This story is about another maiden who rode into Newcomerstown, Ohio, at approximately half past 7 p.m. on the night of September 20, 2016. She rode into town; not on horse; not by carriage; and not by modern automobile; but by bicycle.
The young maiden, aged 23, was dubbed Becky Tolputt, also of Nottingham, England. She dedicated the past year or so working on social media and fundraising for the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre at Nottingham Trent University. Focused on breast and prostate cancer, the maiden says, "We are conducting immunotherapy research, which is how your immune system recognizes and fights the cancer. It turns your immune system on so it recognizes that the cancer is there ... instead of using chemotherapy." She continued to say, "Cancer is a natural thing. It really is. Most people do not want to think about it that way, but your body can deal with it if it knows the cancer is there." Although she is not a scientist at the research center, she is committed to the incredible work the center does for cancer research.
Maid Becky's new adventure began when she went to her employer and said, "I will take my holiday and travel across America to draw attention to cancer research, and I will try to reach many people there." She made a commitment to bicycle 4,000 miles across the United States and found a number of sponsors that pledged to donate one British pound per each mile of her trip. Each pledge for the entire 4,000 miles would equal approximately $5,193 in U.S. dollars.
The maiden then packed her bag (and bicycle) and flew to the U.S.A. on September 2, 2016, and began her cross-country trek the very next day. She is energetic and brave, making the trip all alone. She began her journey in Seattle, Wash. and averages eighty to ninety miles per day toward her final destination; New York City. There she will join her uncle, an artist living in Brooklyn, until heading back to Nottingham. Her estimated arrival in New York is September 29.
When she arrived in Newcomerstown, the twenty three-year-old had already cycled over 3,500 miles through ten states. She has reportedly had good weather for most of the journey, except in Colorado, near Breckenridge. She said she was at an altitude of 10,000 feet when she was caught in a horrible thunderstorm. There was snow. There was rain. Her tent leaked. It was just an awful night and she did not sleep at all. But despite the storm, she said she loved Colorado and would definitely go back there. She said she felt that she could even live there some day.
And regarding Newcomerstown, Maid Becky said, "I love this area. It reminds me of Derbyshire where I live in Nottingham. Some things are almost exactly the same; the rolling hills; the green; the openness."
Becky has a large number of supporters, including one brother, two stepbrothers, two stepsisters, and a worried mother. She said, "I have to text my mum every day. She really did not want me to go, but she would never stop me from doing something that she would do herself." There may even be a surprise visit from her mother when she bicycles into New York.
Of her long journey, she said, "It has been quite a trip it's been amazing, and I have loved every minute of it. I really have. I don't want it to end."
Maid Becky's story does not end here. We wish her a safe and successful trip to New York and know that she will likely have many more worthy adventures to come.
Follow Becky on Instagram at www.instagram.com/ rlt.cycles/ for incredible photos of her journey. You may also see more photos and posts at www.justgiving.com/ fundraising/ rlt-cycles.