Garry McGivern’s cycling around the world, Friday, 7th-September-2012, Magat to Saghyz. 64 miles. Luckily the wind died down around midnight last night, allowing me to get some sleep for a while! It didn’t seem long before I was woken up again by some horses I could hear outside my tent. Although they probably weren’t as close as I thought, sound travels so much at night.
I now see why the roads are so bad in Kazakhstan. Whenever they start to build a new stretch of road, it attracts every vehicle from miles around. Who drive on the newly levelled ground churning it up before they even get a chance to put a base layer down! I did see one security guard at the beginning of a new stretch of road. But there wasn’t a lot he could do. The cars and trucks just went around him!
Just before stopping tonight, I stopped at a café and got talking to some truckers. Who said that the bad road goes on for another 160 km? I’ve already been cycling on a dirt track for a day and a half, and I’m really not enjoying it!
It’s been a solitary ride today, just me, a few camels and one or two flies! I’m camping in a graveyard tonight in what looks like a spare plot. Well, I hope it’s spare, and there’s not somebody buried beneath me! It’s the only place I could find where there wasn’t any traffic. Because the roads are so bad, cars and trucks drive everywhere. At least the neighbours will be quiet! I hope!!!
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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