Kazakhstan, Cycling The World 29th-September-2012

Garry McGivern’s cycling around the world, Saturday, 29th-September-2012, Lugovoy to Belbasar. 99 miles. Well, I survived the night and didn’t get trampled by a herd of cows. But I did see them waiting at the gate that led onto the track as I left this morning.

I saw a nasty accident this afternoon. A car overtook me at speed, I don’t know if he didn’t see me until the last minute or what, but they turned too quickly. They then tried to correct it but overcorrected and went off the side of the road. As they left the road, the car rolled a couple of times and hit some trees. It didn’t look good!

I didn’t stop, as several other people were already on the scene, and there would have been nothing I could do. As I cycled past, somebody was lying on the ground, looking as though they were unconscious. The driver was trying to wake them up, and there was a lot of shouting.

A mile or two down the road, an ambulance and police car came past me, heading in the direction of the accident. I feel a little guilty, but then they were going very fast, and I know there’s a lot of drunk driving. I do hope everybody is okay.

Dog sitting
My new friend Chester

After setting up camp tonight, I had some repairs to do to the bike. My chain needed tightening after it came off earlier, and I’d also picked up a slow puncture that needed fixing. As I was trying to fix my puncture, a dog joined me. The dog spotted me as I was setting up camp and has been sitting about twenty feet away ever since. He’s a lovely, friendly chap, and I’ve named him Chester.

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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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