Kazakhstan, Cycling The World 23rd-September-2012

Garry McGivern’s cycling around the world, Sunday, 23rd-September-2012, Sulutobe to Eski Talap. 87 miles. It was really hard going this morning. With an extremely strong headwind, I struggled to even ride at seven mph! If I’d come this way on my original route, I think I might have given up by now and changed my route to go through Iran. Dodging the odd bullet or two might have been easier!

Donkey and two boys
A couple of friendly children with their donkey

With the strong wind, I was glad to find a small café where I could shelter and have a bite to eat. After a brief rest bite, it was time to head out back into the wind. But as I stepped out of the café, the wind had disappeared entirely. There wasn’t even a slight breeze. I’d only been inside the café for thirty minutes. I even went back inside and came back out just in case I’d gone into another dimension. The change was that dramatic, but I wasn’t complaining. It was nice not having to battle against the wind.

A Much Better End To The Day

As I was cycling along late this afternoon, a car pulled over and out jumped a family, nothing new there. It quite often happens they like to say hello and shake my hand. As I pulled up to the car to say hello and shake their hands, they started to bestow me with gifts of water, coke, Fanta Red Bull and sweets. They took a quick photo of me, and before I could say thank you and take their photo they left. Leaving me to work out where or how I could carry these extra bottles. I’d already stocked up for the night with three bottles of beer.

I drank the Red Bull, ate most of the sweets, and somehow squeezed the other bottles onto my bike. Luckily it was towards the end of the day. I don’t think I could have carried that load too far. I must admit that family made my day, especially after such a tough morning.

Please Donate

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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