Garry McGivern Travelsonabike2 is cycle touring in China on Sunday, 28th-October-2012. Shandan to Yongchang. 64 miles. Hard ride today. Not done, nowhere near as many miles as I wanted! Spent the first six hours going uphill, and it wasn’t particularly downhill afterwards. It was for a short while, but then I had a bit of a headwind. I was glad to stop, and it made a change to finish before six!
I’ve been riding alongside the Great Wall. Although it didn’t look quite so great, it looked as if it was made of mud. Still an impressive sight though.
It was probably a good thing to stop where I was. It’s probably a lot cheaper than the bigger cities. I can get a room in a good hotel for around £20 with breakfast (tonight’s hotel is £12!) A good meal in a restaurant with beer for under £10 and four pints of beer from a shop to have in my room for under £1! Think I might need to cut down. I seem to be drinking at least six pints a night or 3600ml, not too sure about the conversion!
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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