Bike-Ride to Australia 29th-April-2012

Garry McGivern’s bike-ride to Australia Sunday 29th-April-2012 Karuah to Taree. 74 miles. After talking to some random bloke this morning, I don’t think I stand much chance of seeing a koala. He said he was fifty-two and had lived in Australia all his life. And in all those years, he’s only seen one in the wild!

Road sign
Some chance of that

I got talking to a couple of policemen at one of the rest areas on the highway this morning. And was telling them about my trip when one of them said what about a battery bike? I said it wouldn’t be any good. It wouldn’t do the number of miles I do, and I’d spend more time charging it as long as I could find electricity. Whereas I can easily charge my batteries with a few beers. I got a few strange looks for that comment, so I quickly added at night and made a hasty exit!

I’ve spent much of the day trying to stay ahead of the rain, but it eventually caught me at about two o’clock. With the rain now with me, I stopped to put my jacket on. But after ten minutes, it stopped and started to brighten up. So I pulled up again and took my jacket off.

Bloody Rain

No sooner had I started to cycle again than it started raining. Thinking it might be a quick shower, I couldn’t be bothered to get my coat out again and continued to ride. It wasn’t a short shower. The rain just got heavier and heavier, and by now, I was too wet to bother putting my coat on. I cycled on for a while, but I was just getting colder and colder. In the end, I stopped at the first place I came across. I was glad to have a nice warming shower.

It was six months ago today that I left England, and there are only about 450 miles to go to my finish in Brisbane. So please don’t forget the main reason behind my ride, which is to raise as much money for cancer research charities as possible. 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.

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