Kazakhstan, Cycling The World 26th-September-2012

Garry McGivern’s cycling around the world, Wednesday, 26th-September-2012. In Shymkent. I was already loaded up and ready to leave the hotel this morning when I changed my mind and decided to stay another night. It’s been pretty tough cycling for the past week, and I still had a few things I needed to do on the internet.

Tall and wide building with loads of windows
My huge hotel here in Shymkent

My daughter has been trying to get me to return home for the past few weeks, which I thought was a bit strange. But hey, ho. Anyway, I found out the reason today. Apparently, I’m receiving an award from my local radio station Spirit FM. I’m a “local hero!” And there’s an awards ceremony in October where they present the awards. Sorry, I’m not going to be there. There’s also a two hundred pound donation to my charity appeal, which is excellent news.

I’ve spent most of the day sitting in the lobby of the hotel on the internet. I was on one table, and the Israeli bikers were on another. Who were also making use of the wifi. I can’t say I got a huge amount done. I was having too much banter with the bikers, which was fun. A lot of people also seemed to keep coming over to talk. Perhaps they’d heard of my “local hero” award! It’s been a fun day.

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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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