England, Cycling To Australia 29th-October-2011

England, cycling to Australia 29th-October-2011 Felpham to Brighton. 29 miles. Well, the day’s finally arrived, and I’m on my way to Australia! It was a great send-off from the Fox, my local pub, and thanks to everybody who came to see me off. It was rather emotional! All being well, I hope to reach Australia in May or June next year.

Garry McGivern's family and friends waving him off
The send-off from Garry’s local the Fox Inn in Felpham

I think the enormity of the trip only hit me on the short ride from home to the pub! Somebody from the local garage called out to me as I cycled past. “where are you off to this time, Garry?” “Australia!” I replied. Blimey, I’m actually on my way and won’t see any of this for at least another six months! I did wonder whether the person who had called out believed me!

I spent a couple of hours in the pub talking to friends and family who had come to see me off. And I didn’t leave quite as early as I’d hoped. But then, hey, I wouldn’t be seeing any of them for a long time. When I eventually left the pub, saying I was a little anxious would be an understatement! But I was also excited to be on my way! After months of looking at maps and planning my route, applying for visas, plus everything else that goes with being away from home for half a year! I was now on my way!

A nice, easy start to the trip. Hardly any miles cycled and no hills! I knew as this wasn’t the first time I’d cycled to Brighton; this was also the only night stop I’d planned in advance. Although not that well, as it turned out! The campsite reception was closed when I arrived! Luckily, I could still gain access to the site and pitch my tent. I think tomorrow’s ride may be a bit harder.

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