Kazakhstan, Cycling The World 14th-September-2012

Garry McGivern’s cycling around the world, Friday, 14th-September-2012, Aktobe to Khromtau. 66 miles. I actually managed to get my arse in gear today and left the hotel! It was quite nice as I went to leave this morning. They wanted to take some photos of me and my bike to put on their website. A lot of the staff also took the opportunity to have their photo taken with me.

Church with blue roof
Orthodox church in Khromtau

As I left the hotel, it felt much warmer compared to the past few days, and it wasn’t so windy. Although the wind did pick up around midday. I also managed to find my way out of Aktobe without any difficulty. But then I have had three days to work it out! And I know I’m on the right road after passing a sign for Almaty, which is where I’m heading. It’s only 2304km away!

A Bit Of Education

I read this afternoon that the wind I had (not as in me but blowing across the land!) in Aktobe and again this afternoon is called the Buran. And it comes down from Siberia and blows across Kazakhstan and into China. As long as it stays behind me, I don’t mind. I must admit that the wind did make for some scary riding, especially when trucks came past. But it did make for a nice fast ride this afternoon.

I managed to find a hotel tonight, which was a pleasant surprise. I was expecting to camp wild tonight and find a hotel tomorrow night. Now I probably won’t find one tomorrow!

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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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