Garry McGivern’s cycling around the world, Saturday 18th-August-2012 in Aktau, Kazakhstan, country number twenty-two. Thankfully I didn’t have to sleep down on the deck with my bike. Although I might have had a better night’s sleep had I done. I found a comfortable settee in the communal lounge and managed to get my head down, sort of! Unfortunately, the ship’s crew kept coming in and putting badly dubbed DVDs on. Until at least until 2 am!
Despite the crew’s best effort to get me up, I managed to sort of sleep until nearly eight o’clock. The crew kept coming in making a noise, then when I didn’t stir, went back out. I knew they were trying to get me up because they were in the room as soon as I did get up. Playing their poorly dubbed American DVDs!
I spent the day watching DVDs and playing table tennis with the crew. And going for walks around the boat, which took all of five minutes!
We docked in Aktau at about 5.30 pm after nearly twenty-eight hours at sea. Once docked, we had to wait for customs to board, which seemed to take forever. After the customs officers had inspected the boat and everybody on it, I thought we would finally get off! But no, we still had to wait. The process must have taken at least two hours, although it felt much longer. They eventually let us off, and I had to pass through customs. The same people who had just inspected my passport on the boat were now at the border! And they still took their time looking through my passport.
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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