Garry McGivern’s cycling around the world, Monday, 30th-July-2012 Sakarya to Bolu. 66 miles. I felt a lot happier and more confident when cycling in traffic today. And I wasn’t shitting myself every time a car came near! Hopefully, my confidence has returned permanently, and I can put the accident at the back of my mind.
A relatively uneventful day today that was somewhat hard at the end. Just before I finished my day’s cycling, I had to come up the 900 metres climb of the Bolu mountain, and not for the first time. I remembered this climb last November when it was somewhat cooler. The temperature today was in the forties! Thankfully there were plenty of places to buy ice-cold water. The water on my bike was like drinking from a hot tap.
Apart from the heat, I’m still hurting, especially my ribs, when pushing up a big hill. Deep breaths aren’t good! Like the last one of today, they were really hurting. I was glad to reach the top.
All the pain and that last climb have now faded. I’ve found a lovely little hotel and am currently sitting outside in the cool evening re-hydrating with a few beers.
Don’t forget the main reason behind my ride. I want to raise as much money for cancer research charities as possible. After my wife, Josie, died of breast cancer in 2007, aged only 42. Even the smallest donation helps. You can donate to Cancer Research UK or the Australian National Breast Cancer Foundation. Click on either one to donate. Every little bit helps to rid the world of this cruel disease.
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