Bike-Ride to Australia 25th-January-2012

Garry McGivern Bike-Ride to Australia Wednesday 25th-January-2012 Kioukacham to Kasi. 59 miles. Not a lot of sleep last night. I had to share my room with a female! After checking in and securing my bike, I went for a shower. When I returned from my shower, I saw her in all her naked glory, sitting there waiting for me. Unfortunately, it was a spider! And the biggest spider I’d ever seen! It may not have been female, but hey, it got you thinking!

Mountains
Spectacular scenery

There was no way I was going to spend the night with that thing in my room, so I tried to get it. I was too scared to catch it with my hands, so I threw a blanket over it! She was too quick and ran underneath the bed. Tentatively I pulled the bed out, but she’d gone, vanished! I put the bed back and went out for something to eat. What else could I do?

Now Where Are You

After eating supper, I returned to my room and resumed the search for that spider! But she was nowhere to be seen. I went to bed and wrapped the bedsheets as tightly as possible around me. There was no way it was going to get into my bed! I lay awake for a while, waiting for the spider to appear, but I must have drifted off. Because the next thing I knew, it was 4.30 am, and there was some cockerel crowing outside my room!

The guesthouse owner came to my room, so I showed him a picture of the spider. He looked a little worried and stepped out of the room! Maybe I should have been a bit more concerned! I hope it’s not stowed away somewhere in my bags! I never did see that spider again.

Time To Leave

After that bloody cockerel woke me up so early, I was all set to hit the road early, but just as I went to leave, I noticed my rear tyre was half flat. I knew that I had a puncture as I’d only just pumped it up the previous night. After fixing the tyre, it wasn’t quite as early. And the restaurant was now open, so I decided to have some noodle soup before leaving.

I bumped into the French couple from yesterday again today. Vincent and Natalie had somehow overtaken me, maybe while I was fixing that puncture and eating breakfast. Anyway, it was pretty nice to ride with them again. We rode together for much of the morning and stopped to eat lunch together. Vincent wasn’t feeling so good, so they decided to find a guesthouse where we ate.

I pushed on for another 40 km, knowing it was mainly downhill. Although there was one steep climb right at the end of the day. Hopefully, from what Vincent told me, there’s only one more day of big climbs!

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