Garry McGivern’s cycling around the world, Monday, 17th-September-2012, from somewhere else I haven’t got a clue of to near Aral. 94 miles. It’s been a long hard day with a strong headwind. The asphalt also ran out again, but it was only for twenty miles. According to some truckers I had breakfast with. The road is on and off now for the next few hundred miles! Just as I stopped, I noticed that the road was running out again, something to look forward to in the morning!
I’ve cycled a bit further than I thought today. I thought Aral was nearer, not that it made any difference. I didn’t get a hotel room. There was one hotel in the town, a huge old communist-looking place. I asked the lady in the hotel how much a room was, 4000 Tenge (less than £20). She said, but there’s no shower. For 4000 Tenge, I’d expect a shower, so I started to query the price. She wasn’t going to shift, so I begrudgingly went to give her the money when she said they were full! I couldn’t see how. The place was massive, and there weren’t any cars in the car park. So I thought balls to you, thanks for wasting my time, I’m better off in my tent and left.
The clocks have changed again today, and I’ve lost another hour. I didn’t go too far out of Aral, as it was getting dark. In fact, it was pitch black by the time I’d finished setting up camp. And I’m a happy camper tonight. I’ve got some beer.
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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