October 2011/November 2012
What started as a charity ride to Australia ended in a World bicycle tour!
Garry’s original plan was to cycle to Australia and visit his family and, in the process, try and raise some much-needed money for cancer research.
Garry’s original route was to cycle through France, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, China, Lao, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and then finally cycle across Australia to Brisbane. Unfortunately, as Garry was halfway across Turkey, the British Embassy in Iran was invaded by a crowd of Iranian protesters! And the British foreign office advised against all travel to Iran!
Unable to find another route, Garry decided to miss out on his journey’s to Iran and Pakistan. And instead, he flew to India, where he would continue his journey East.
Once Garry had cycled across India and Bangladesh, he caught a flight to Kunming in China. Garry couldn’t cycle to China because Myanmar wasn’t open to foreigners at the time.
Once in China, Garry’s journey took him through Lao, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. After cycling through Indonesia, Garry reached Bali. Garry then caught a to Australia. Garry’s final leg was to cycle the 2500 miles across Australia to his finish in Brisbane.
After spending a few weeks at his final destination in Brisbane, Garry decided to cycle back home rather than fly! So, he booked a flight to the United States!
After another five weeks, Garry had nearly crossed America. And was thinking of turning this into an around the world bike ride! But after missing out Iran and Pakistan, he couldn’t say that he had cycled around the world!
Things took a turn for the worse when Garry got knocked off his bike 23 miles from the finish in New York! Luckily, Garry wasn’t too badly hurt and managed to finish his ride into New York the following day!
Due to Garry’s accident, he returned home to England to recuperate. And after a few weeks at home, Garry felt fit enough to continue on his world tour! So, he booked a flight back to Turkey.
The Return to the Saddle
Once in Turkey, Garry spent a few days in Istanbul catching up with the friends he had made when he was there earlier on in the year. But it wasn’t long before Garry was back on his heading for Georgia. After Georgia, only Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan were left to cycle and the small matter of China! Garry finally ended his world tour in Beijing. And after twelve months and 22,000 miles, Garry could now say that he had cycled around the world! And in the process, he raised over £13,000 for cancer research charities!
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