Kazakhstan, Cycling The World 20th-September-2012

Garry McGivern’s cycling around the world, Thursday, 20th-September-2012, Bayqongyr to Zhorsaly. 37 miles. Short ride today, and I’ve reached the point that I was hoping to get to yesterday, but the roads are just too bad. I’m also feeling pretty rough. I hope I’m not coming down with something.

Last night’s campsite on the beach was very close to a new stretch of road that wasn’t open yet. So I thought I’d be okay, which I was. But then, as I was packing up this morning, the locals discovered it. And the quiet road turned into a busy highway, with cars and lorries flying past. It took me a long time to pack away; most of the vehicles were tooting and waving at me. One even stopped and came to say hello. Not sure who they worked for, but they said they were monitoring the air conditions, I think!

Plate of pasta
Today’s lunch Beshbarmak, or, horse meat wrapped in pasta

Very chilly start this morning. It’s freezing at night and hot during the day. It’s also not getting light until well after seven, winters coming! I think that the sandals are going to have to go away soon! And if I’m not in a desert, I’d be amazed. There’s sand everywhere!

My sore throat seems to be a lot better today, although I feel pretty rough- now. I hope I’m not coming down with something, which is one of the reasons for not cycling so far today. The other reason is that I’ve found a half-decent hotel. Well, it’s got a hot shower, and I’m not sharing my room yet!

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