Kazakhstan, Cycling The World 21st-September-2012

Garry McGivern’s cycling around the world, Friday, 21st-September-2012, Zhosaly to Shaghan. 69 miles. I was still feeling rough this morning and running a bit of a temperature, and I debated whether to stay for another night. But in the end, I decided to take a couple of paracetamols and keep moving.

I would have probably felt worse if I’d have stayed put for the day anyway. I would have only spent all day thinking how bad I feel and making things ten times worse than they are. I always find it best to keep busy and take my mind off it. And I certainly had something to keep my mind off feeling rough. A strong headwind and awful roads that I had to concentrate on all the time! By the end of the day, I was feeling much better.

Bike with panniers stuck in sand
I told you the roads were bad

After setting up camp and unloading my bike tonight, I discovered I’d lost a bolt holding my rear rack. Not a problem; I always carry a few spare bolts ever since I had one snap in Ireland a few years ago. And it probably did me a favour because it made me check all the other bolts, and quite a few were loose. These bumpy roads are certainly taking their toll.

I’m surrounded by cows and horses tonight. There was loads of mooing and neighing when I pitched my tent. But they’ve calmed down now. I just hope one doesn’t try to join me in my tent tonight!

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