Garry McGivern’s bike-ride to Australia-and-beyond Friday, 15th-June-2012 Maryville to Bethany. 57 miles. Short day today after being mistaken for a tramp! I’d just stopped by the road to check my map when a car pulled up alongside.
A woman in the car leaned out and handed me a foil parcel. “Here you go, sir, enjoy,” said the woman, “and if you need any more food, I’ve put my card on top! God be with you.” And before I could ask what or why she drove off! The card that she had left had a phone number and an address of some homeless shelter.
Personally, I didn’t think I looked that bad. Okay, I hadn’t shaved for a few days, but I’d showered every day. And my clothes are washed every day. It must be my missing tooth, which I got back this morning!! I don’t tend to wear it when cycling, but maybe I should! That’s when I decided to stop early before getting arrested for vagrancy.
I was a little silly to stop early, as there’s hardly been any wind today, which I noticed right at the start of the day. When I saw all the locals laying down!?!
I saw a family of raccoons today, the first ones I’ve seen, alive, that is! I also had another herd of cattle follow me! I’ve also seen some Amish people in their horse-drawn carts. There’s a big Amish community around here.
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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