Cycling The World Turkey 3rd-August-2012

Garry McGivern’s cycling around the World, Friday, 3rd-August-2012 Merzifon to Samsun. 67 miles. Ever since I’ve been back in Turkey, I’ve not had to worry about an alarm clock, although I still set it. The call to prayer that goes out at 4 am every morning has been waking me up before my alarm goes off. But typically, the one day I forgot to set it, I didn’t hear the call to prayer either. And didn’t wake up until gone six o’clock. I was still on the road by eight, though.

Sunflowers by road
Some of the sunflowers I’ve passed today

It’s been a very colourful ride today. I’ve been cycling past miles and miles of fields full of sunflowers. The road surface has improved today, but there have been a lot of roadworks. And I’m not too sure whether I prefer a rough road or all the roadworks. At least on the rough roads, I felt pretty safe. Going through the road works is a nightmare. The road narrows, but that doesn’t stop or slow the lorries down. They still come thundering past me, so close you couldn’t squeeze a hair between us!

I’m definitely getting back into my cycling again and feeling much happier. If I’d hit these roadworks earlier in the week, I probably would have quit. I was feeling so down!

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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