October 2020 Photos

October 2020 photos, a very slack month on the photo front! With the majority of shots coming from previous tours. Although Garry’s not been busy with his camera, he has been busy with his YouTube channel, hence the photos from previous trips.

The only photos this month that aren’t from previous tours are ones that Garry has taken along Bognor seafront. It’s the only place he’s been out cycling on his bike!

October 2020 Photos

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World Bicycle-Tour Video; Homecoming

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World bicycle-tour video, homecoming, the last video of Garry’s World tour, using the Flickr photographs and videos he took while away touring.

After 12 months, 22 countries, and 22,154 miles, on a wet and windy November day, Garry cycles into the Fox Inn car park, ending his World tour!

385 days to the day Garry was waved off by family and friends on the adventure of a lifetime! Initially, Garry was only cycling to Australia, but after reaching there in five months. Garry decided to cycle home via the United States of America! It was while cycling across America that Garry changed his plans once again! And decided to make it into a World bicycle tour!

Now, back at the Fox Inn, he is once again greeted by family and friends! Who have a surprise party planned! Once off his a bike, a wet Garry walks into the pub. Where more friends greet him, and a pub, decorated floor to ceiling in flags of the World, in celebration of his achievement!

Spirit FM (Garry’s local radio station) was also at the party. They were presenting Garry with the Local Hero award he won, for his efforts in the saddle. Along with a cheque for the charity, Garry was riding for, Cancer research.

A big surprise for Garry, and totally unexpected! A great way to finish off his around the world bicycle ride!

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A once in a lifetime adventure? Garry’s hoping not, given half a chance he’d be off tomorrow!

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October 2020 Monthly Update

Buildings behind a field

Garry’s monthly update for October 2020, unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, depending on your point of view! There really isn’t anything to report or say this month!

I’ve not been anywhere. I’ve not done anything! The only real thing I’ve been doing apart from work, when, it’s not been raining that is! Is to make more YouTube videos, and finish off my World tour series, with the last video being published this evening. (Sunday 1st November)

Even my health has been okay this past month. With nothing new to report and all my current issues, behaving themselves, which is excellent news!

Rainbow over the sea
A rainbow over the sea
Optimism

I’ve been in contact with a few hotel chains, who have said that it is now okay to turn up without booking, which is a good sign. And gives me some hope of at least a little tour before the year is out! Although the way this Coronavirus is going again, this could soon change!

Pier and beach
A sunnier day in Bognor Regis

I was going to make contact with the ferry company’s, to see if it was possible to travel with them as a cyclist, not a foot passenger. (Foot passengers are currently not allowed.) But with the increase in Coronavirus cases and France going back into lockdown, there’s no point. And let’s face it I doubt if I would have gone, but in my head, I like to think I would have!

Despite it being a quiet month, it seems to have flown by, once again! Surely a sign of getting old! Even the photos in this months update are all from Bognor Regis!

Amendment

This was written before last nights news, and things did change, sooner than I thought! With England now going into a month-long lockdown from Thursday, it’s highly unlikely that there will be any touring of any kind this year!

Although I did read the other day that, if you serve a 14-day quarantine in Thailand, they will allow you to stay for 90 days! Now that could be an idea! Especially as it’s coming up to the best time of year to go there!

Stay safe, everybody.

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World Bicycle-Tour Video; China

Chinese pagoda

World bicycle-tour video, China, another Flickr/YouTube video, the final leg of Garry’s bicycle ride around the world in 2011/12.

After being stuck at the Kazak China border for two days, Garry can now start his ride across China. This is his second time in China, after deciding to turn his ride to Australia, into a World tour. And as before it was equally as confusing, with nobody understanding Garry and he definitely didn’t understand them! But that’s all part of the fun and adventure, and one reason for travelling!

Yurts in mountains
Yurts in the mountains of China

Back in China, Garry was immediately confronted with mountains and on his first day had a climb of over 2000 metres! And after a long day ended up camping at the top! Being as it was now October, temperatures at night were pretty cold. In fact, it was so cold Garry had to sleep in his thermals, and was only just about warm enough! Coming down the mountain in the morning, Garry had to keep stopping to warm up! He even put plastic bags over his gloves and shoes to try and stay warm!

Where To Finish

As Garry cycled along, he debated where he should finish his World ride. Should he cycle back to Kunming, where he started his first stint in China? But that would have meant having to fly to Beijing, then another flight home from there. Hong Kong and Shanghai were also on Garry’s radar, which would have kept Garry away from home for longer! But in the end, Garry decided that he had to go home at some point, and the easiest and nearest option was Beijing!

Garry was amazed at the amount of building going on! The skyline of every town and city would be filled with tower cranes building new high rise apartments!

Food
One of the many delicious meals Garry had in China

The food was just as amazing as before, and nothing gets wasted, or deboned for that matter! Chicken dishes involved everything claws, beak and all, and Garry found he had a real taste for chicken claws! Which were a delicacy in China!

Easy Cycling

Garry spent a lot of time cycling on motorways, mainly due to roads being closed or because there was no other route! There were plenty of toll booths that Garry would have to cycle past! Sometimes they would wave Garry through, or even take his photo! But generally, Garry would just put his head down and zip past on the hard shoulder! Eventually, his luck ran out, and the police stopped him! And took him away to the police station, where he was told to wait in a corridor! Garry sat there, wondering what his fate would be? Were the police going to give Garry a fine, lock him up, or something else! Maybe he should make a run for it. After all, he could see his bike just outside! It was a worrying wait, which seemed to last forever!

Eventually, the police came back and took Garry upstairs and into an office! They’re sitting behind a desk was a portly middle-aged man, who was obviously the boss. Garry was beckoned to sit down and offered a cup of tea! The man started talking to Garry in very broken English. He just seemed interested in what Garry was doing and why, and only briefly mentioned that he shouldn’t be cycling on the toll roads! After an hour or so, they let Garry go and pointed him to the road away from the toll road.

It’s A Bit Chilly

Temperatures were really starting to tumble now, and one day, Garry passed a thermometer saying it was -11! And that was during the day! It was so cold Garry’s front wheel started to freeze up and wouldn’t turn! Even a short stop at traffic lights would cause the wheel to freeze! Garry ended up carrying a flask of hot water, which he would pour over the hub to free it up! (it turned out there was a slight amount of water in his hub dynamo that was the cause!)

Trucks on icy road
A cold and slippery road

There was plenty of wild camping, which in these temperatures was extremely challenging, and Garry would have to put on every layer, to keep warm! Roads were also becoming slippery, with snow and ice, and Garry fell off a couple of times!

Garry reached Beijing in six weeks, after cycling 2800-miles from the Kazakhstan border. In Beijing, Garry had mixed feelings, yes it was great that he had cycled here, but this was the end of his world tour! All Garry had to do now was book his flight to England and ride the last few miles home.

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