World Bicycle-Tour Video; USA

Man on bike

World bicycle-tour video The USA another YouTube/Flickr video, showing some of the photos and videos Garry took on the American leg of his bike ride.

After reaching Australia, and cycling the 4000-miles from Perth to Brisbane, Garry was supposed to finish his bike ride and fly home. But feeling that flying home would be too easy, Garry decided to cycle home, and caught a flight to the USA!

Once in America, Garry spent a few days playing the tourist in San Francisco, before setting off on the 3000-mile ride to New York. What a surprise America was, every state felt like a different country. From the mountains of the Sierra Nevada to the Great Plains of Nebraska. The scenery was constantly changing.

22-miles from the finish in New York city Garry was knocked off his bike! And was rushed to hospital with blood pouring from his head! Garry wasn’t worried about his injuries, he was more concerned about what would happen to his bike! Thankfully, though his bike and gear were bought to the hospital, by the police who attended the accident! And the only real damage was a split tyre and innertube, and some holes in his panniers!

After several hours of scans, x-rays and what felt like every test going, they discharged Garry. Although before letting him go, they stuck some staples in his head! A lucky escape for Garry and his bike!

The following day, sore and very wary of traffic, Garry finished his ride into New York City!

 

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September 2020 Monthly Update

Pond with trees around

Garry’s monthly update for September 2020, another quiet month, which seems to be the norm in this strange year! This time last year, I had already been away on four tours and was just about to head off to France to finish my Eurovelo tour. This year I’ve not been anywhere. What a difference a year makes! Although I still live in the hope that I may go away somewhere this year!

Health

That shingles episode that I had last month was worse than I thought and really knocked me for six! I’ve only just got over it! I never realised shingles could make you feel so ill! But now at the end of the month, I’m feeling a lot better, thankfully!

Other news on the health front, yes, for a change there’s more! I’ve been short of breath for the past few weeks, so I’ve had a full check-up on my heart! Blood tests, ECG and an x-ray, and yes, much to Julie’s surprise I do have one! Anyway, everything came back okay, apart from the x-ray, and I received a phone call from the doctor;

“Hello Mr McGivern, we’ve had the results from your x-ray,” said the doctor

“Oh, yes,” I replied

“Your heart seems okay and is functioning well, but did you know you’ve got multiple broken ribs?” She said

“Pardon?”

“Your right rib cage shows signs of multiple broken ribs, not at the moment, they’re old breaks that have heeled! Did you not know you’d broken them?” She asked.

“I know I fell over a few years ago, (Spain 2015) but, because I knew there was nothing that could be done for ribs, I never bothered doing anything about it! I said

“Umm! Well at least your heart is good, and we’ll review it again in six to twelve months, goodbye Mr McGivern.”

It was afterwards when talking to Julie that she reminded me that, I probably broke my ribs when I fell off my bike, after one or two too many beers! She said I was in pain for a long time but never got any sympathy as it was my own stupid fault! After telling me, I did remember, April 2017, I’d been to a beer festival with Dave and Helen, my good friends.

Garry McGivern enjoying a pint
Garry enjoying a pint at the beer festival before it all went wrong
Fame

Well, fame has finally caught up with me! I was cycling along the seafront minding my own business, when somebody passed me, going in the opposite direction. “I know you,” they said.

“Really?”

“Yes your that bloke from YouTube,” they replied.

“Maybe” I replied hesitantly.

“I’m Ben,” he said. I then knew who he was, he’s posted a few comments on my videos over the years. We stood chatting for a while, he had cycled down from Reading for a few days and was staying at his brothers. It was nice to put a face to a name.

Other News

Sad news this month with the closure of my favourite watering hole, the Fox inn has closed! And I’d be surprised if it were to reopen again this year! We’ve gone from four pubs in our village to one and a half in a few months! Half because one of the pubs only opens for a few hours a week!

Pint of lager
Last pint out of the barrel

Indya had her first birthday this month, and we had a small party for her. Where has that year gone!

Baby girl with birthday cake
Indya enjoying her birthday cake

 

 

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World Bicycle-Tour Video; Australia

Harbour scene

World bicycle-tour video; Australia, a YouTube video of the photos and videos Garry took on the Australian leg of his world tour.

After five months and 9000-miles of peddling across the world, Garry reaches Perth, Australia. His final country, or what was meant to be his last country! He’s now just got the 3000-miles to cycle across the continent, to his finish in Brisbane.

Garry spent a few days in Perth acclimatising and visiting friends from England, that had recently emigrated there. Before setting off on his journey across Australia.

There was plenty of warnings from locals about the dangers that lay ahead! Venomous snakes and spiders, kangaroos, drop bears, the heat and the Nullarbor Plain!

Thankfully though, Garry never had any problems with the wildlife. Apart from some birds that decided to attack him on the Nullarbor Plain! (he wasn’t warned about them!) The heat and intensity of the sun was also a bit of a problem, and Garry ended up with second-degree burns on his foot!

On the way across there were plenty of long days, having to regularly cycle more than 100-miles in a day, to get from one roadhouse to the next! But what a ride it was and Garry made it to his cousin’s house in Brisbane in six weeks!

 

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World Bicycle-Tour Video; Indonesia

Boats in harbour

World bicycle-tour video Indonesia another YouTube/Flickr video.

Garry’s bicycle ride to Australia continues, and he’s now in his last country before reaching Australia, and it was to be his most challenging! With blistering heat and ridiculously steep hills! So steep Garry had trouble keeping his front wheel on the ground! And to cycle up them required tacking from one side of the road to the other!

The heat was so intense Garry had to wear gloves, to stop his hands blistering in the sun, which as he was now on the equator, was directly above him. And as for sweating, Garry’s never sweated so much in his life! He always looked as if he’d wet himself, and whenever he stopped, there would be a puddle on the floor! The sweat just dripped from him!

But despite the hardships, what a country! The people were fantastic, happy, smiling, and always wanting to help. Every time Garry passed through a village, the children would run out of their houses shouting “Selamat Pagi” good morning.

Definitely a country Garry would like to return to and explore more.

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