Cycling The World Azerbaijan 11th-August-2012

Garry McGivern’s cycling around the world, Saturday 11th-August-2012 Qazax to Ganca. 67 miles. Bit of a nightmare getting going again this morning. I woke up at my usual time of five o’clock, only to find it was still dark. So I rolled over and went back to sleep for another hour. It was still dark when I got up at six.

I went downstairs and loaded up my bike but couldn’t find anybody on reception. It wouldn’t usually be a problem. I’d just leave, but once again, I couldn’t. It wasn’t because I was locked. It was because they had my passport! Somebody eventually turned up at around seven-thirty.

Because it’s so hot, I like to be on the road as early as possible. Before the sun gets too high in the sky and gets too hot, it’s particularly annoying when the hotel doesn’t serve breakfast, so I couldn’t even go and have that to pass the time until somebody turned up!

It seems that there are only two types of cars in Azerbaijan. You either drive an old Mercedes or the good old Lada. There are thousands of them.

Despite this morning’s delay, I still managed to finish reasonably early. I’m staying in a posh resort hotel tonight with a lovely large pool, which was nice after a day of cycling in this heat! It’s so posh here. They had a string quartet playing in the restaurant! Needless to say, I didn’t hang around.

Swimming pool
The view from my window tonight
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