Garry McGivern’s cycling around the world, Friday, 31st-August-2012. Atyrau, Kazakhstan to Istanbul, Turkey, by air. It was a bit chaotic at the airport in Atyrau this morning. There didn’t seem as if there was any organisation. But it obviously works because I got on the flight okay. And it was definitely a lot easier to leave the country than to enter. I just hope they let me back in!
I arrived in Istanbul and was met at the airport by a taxi supplied by Lori from the Orient Express hotel. It made me feel pretty important. I’ve never had somebody (apart from family) pick me up before. And it was good not to worry about my bike for a change.
I arrived at the hotel and got a warm welcome from the staff, who always seem pleased to see me. In the afternoon, I spent time catching up and saying hello to everyone I know around here. After all, this is my fourth visit in less than a year. I also met two American ladies, Tracey and Trish. And it turned out that Trish had lived in Kazakhstan for a while, so it was good to pick her brains on the country.
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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