Garry McGivern’s bike-ride to Australia-and-beyond Thursday, 21st-June-2012 Lebanon to Union City. 103 miles. I’ve been on another detour today and ended the day by being America’s most wanted!
It’s been a good day of cycling, and I’ve managed to pick my way through the roads. I only had twelve miles to cycle when the road was closed due to another bridge being out. What’s the problem with bridges around here? Are they all falling down!
The detour wasn’t too bad, even though it took me in a completely different direction. I would have continued back to my route tonight had this motel not popped up in Union City, which is split in two by the Indiana, Ohio border. It runs straight through the town.
After a quick shower, I went out in search of food and managed to find a little Mexican café that wasn’t part of a chain. I had a “Super Barretto,” which was very filling. And it made a pleasant change to eat somewhere that wasn’t part of a chain.
I was just settling in for the evening at the motel when there was a knock on the door. I opened the door. There was two police officers, one in a car and one on the doorstep. “step out of the room, sir,” he shouted at me. “is something wrong” I replied, “step out of the room, sir! What’s your name? he barked with one hand on his gun. “Garry”, “Garry, what” “McGivern” “did you hear a loud noise?” I said I had heard something ten or fifteen minutes ago but thought it was the wind.
Then his radio went off, with despatch saying it’s not him. He then jumped into his police car, and he the other policeman sped off down the road in their police cars! And that was it! Not sorry for disturbing you, nothing. It turned out a stranger had shot someone from the town. And being from out of town myself, I was the prime suspect!
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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