Garry McGivern’s cycling around the world, Monday 13th-August-2012 Kurdamir to Baku. 121 miles. It’s been a tough day. I didn’t sleep very well last night after spending much of it sitting on the toilet, something I ate last night disagreed with me. I did debate staying put for another night, but in the end, I decided I needed to get moving. My hotel in Baku was already pre-booked, which I had to do when I was back in England. It was a condition of getting the visa for Azerbaijan and was for specific dates, which I’d already changed once.
I had only planned on cycling eighty miles and then stopping, leaving me a short day tomorrow. Well, that was the plan. I cycled my eighty miles and arrived at Qazimammad, which on my map looked like a hopeful place to find a hotel. It wasn’t. There was nothing there. Apparently, the nearest hotels were in Baku, another forty miles away!
How Much Further
I left Qazimammad in the hope that I might find something before Baku. I was starting to feel very weak now. The only thing I’d eaten all day was a couple of biscuits. I was too worried about shitting myself! I’ve been maintaining my fluids and drinking plenty of water. But with the temperature in the forties, I was really starting to feel it. Not only was I struggling and feeling weak. But on the busy road to Baku, some young lad threw a glass bottle at me! Which thankfully missed.
I arrived on the outskirts of Baku just before six and was going to stop at the first hotel I could find. But they were all expensive resort hotels, so I pushed on into the city. Still unable to find any cheap hotels, I decided to find the hotel I was booked into from tomorrow night. And hope they had a room for tonight, which thankfully they did. I was glad to finish today.
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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