BOB’S ON THE JOB: Bob Montgomery rode through the area this week on his way to Port Douglas to raise awareness about motor neurone disease.
BOB’S ON THE JOB: Bob Montgomery rode through the area this week on his way to Port Douglas to raise awareness about motor neurone disease. Contributed

Seventy-year-old Bob rides through the Highlands for charity

BOB Montgomery turns 70 in January, but there will be no sit-down dinner at the bowls club. Instead he will have arrived in Port Douglas after a gruelling 3200km bike ride from the Blue Mountains in New South Wales.

Bob's Ride to the Reef is raising money and awareness about motor neurone disease (MND), which he said is close to his heart.

"I have a cousin who is suffering and it's amazing how many people don't know what MND is," he said.

"Two people die each week, and two are diagnosed, yet it is relatively unheard-of."

Bob rode through Rolleston, Emerald and Clermont this week and said he "loved it".

"The people have been friendly, the roads are in good condition and the motorists are really good with the bike on the road," Bob said.

"They give me a wide berth and are courteous."

Despite the heat, which Bob said is a "fair bit different" to the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains where he comes from, Bob is really enjoying the trip.

"I want to raise $50,000. So far we are at $20,000 so we have a bit to go," he said.

"MND needs a lot of publicity.

"There is no national sponsor so they need all the help they can get.

"I've been on the road for about 17 days and 1800km so far.

"The generosity of people is amazing."

Bob said some of the mountain ranges near Toowoomba were the most challenging part of his ride so far.

"I'm up on the bike at about four in the morning and usually done riding by 10am because otherwise it gets too hot," he said.

To donate to Bob's Ride to the Reef, head to https:// mndspirit.everydayhero. com/au/jenny.


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