Serbia, Cycling To Australia 17th-November-2011

Garry McGivern is in Serbia cycling to Australia on the 17th-November 2011 Grocka to Zagubica 77 miles. The mornings in central Europe are freezing, and the frost stays on the ground until midday. And I was beginning to think I’d have to camp tonight! I thought I’d missed the only town on my map and was starting to look for a spot to pitch my tent! Luckily, I came across this hotel. I just hope it’s a bit warmer than last night’s room! The only heat in the room was a non-existing electric heater and two blankets! And one of those I took off the other bed! I think I’ll start bringing my sleeping bag in!

Old truck

There are plenty of dogs roaming free here, some good and some bad! This morning, the dogs were good. While cycling uphill, a cute little chap joined me, running along beside me! I did fear for his safety, though, as he kept running from one side of the road to another! And as much as I enjoyed his company, I was finding it hard going! I kept thinking he would get run over any minute, but luckily he didn’t! I was pretty glad to reach the top of the hill and pick up a bit of speed so he couldn’t keep up! The last I saw of him, he was following some girl down another road.

Dogs later on in the day weren’t quite so friendly, and I got chased several times! I had a pack of five dogs chasing me at one point! I might start carrying a stick to fend them off!

The day finished on a rather sad note! Just as it was starting to get dark, I could see yet another dog standing by the side of the road, waiting for me! As I got nearer, I started to pick my pace up to get past him as quickly as possible! As I neared him, he started to cower and move away. Then, when I rode past, I noticed another dog lying dead by the side of the road! I think it may have happened recently as the other dog looked so sad and was just waiting by the dead dog’s side. You do see a lot of dogs killed, and that’s always sad. But this was particularly sad as the dog’s mate was just waiting over their body!

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