Cycling The World 2nd-August-2012

Garry McGivern’s cycling around the world, Thursday, 2nd-August-2012 Tosya to Merzifon. 86 miles. It’s been very mountainous, but the scenery has been spectacular. And I felt as if I spent the morning going downhill and the afternoon going uphill.

The roads today haven’t been particularly good. They were very uneven and had deep ruts. They started off okay, but they seemed to have worsened as the day went on. But from what I’ve heard, they’re pretty good compared to the roads in Kazakhstan! I’ll look forward to that, not!

Going up one hill through a gorge, I got stopped by the police and Jandarma. Initially, I was a little worried and wondered what I’d done wrong, especially as they had guns! But it wasn’t just me. They stopped all the traffic. I just happened to be the first. They were blasting somewhere up in the mountains and were worried about an avalanche. I didn’t hear a bang, but I saw some smoke and dust coming off the hills further up the road.

Road in valley
Waiting for the all clear

Soon after the blast, they let us all go. I waited a while until most of the lorries had gone past before continuing myself! See, I’m Mr sensible these days. I’m still very cautious of other traffic!

I’m not sure whether I’m getting acclimatised to this heat or whether it was cooler, but it certainly hasn’t felt as hot today!

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