Kazakhstan, Cycling The World 15th-September-2012

Garry McGivern’s cycling around the world, Saturday, 15th-September-2012, Khromtau to near some village! 114 miles. It’s been a dull and uninspiring day. There’s been nothing but long straight roads. And the only highlight of my day was turning the map over. Although that was a little disappointing when all I could see on the map were more straight roads.

Long road
Yay, a curve

I’ve had trouble finding places to eat. And then when I do find somewhere, the only thing they seem to do is fried eggs and sausages. I’ve had three lots today!

A Much Better Evening

The evening was a bit more eventful. I’d pitched my tent and settled down to a bowl of pasta when a dog appeared and started barking at me. Not in an aggressive manner, more of a letting me know he was there. The next minute a young lad appeared on a bike. Great, I thought, all I need is to be spotted!

The young lad came over and shook my hand, as they all do and started to chat. Not that I understood him, as I’m sure he didn’t understand me. Although I think he may have understood more than I did! He sat just outside the tent with his dog, and we had the normal conversation that neither of us understood.

I think he asked what countries I’d travelled through, and we also talked about the Olympics and the medals that Kazakhstan had won. We also chatted about football, and he told me he was looking after some cows, which is why he was there. Sitting there talking, I shared some biscuits with him and his dog Rex. He must have stayed for nearly two hours. And just before he left to go home, he tied a little red ribbon to my bike for good luck.

What an enjoyable evening that made up for the day’s dull ride. Although I was a little worried that he might return with others, I contemplated moving. But in the end, I stayed put.

Please Donate

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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