Garry McGivern’s cycling around the world, Thursday 9th-August-2012 Gomi to just outside Tbilisi. 86 miles. I had a pleasant evening talking to Andras last night. We stayed upstairs in a communal area outside our rooms, where we ate our food. Who knows what was going on downstairs!? We kept well away. And when I went to bed, I wedged a chair under the door handle, just in case the one that kept grabbing my bum had other ideas!
After leaving the brothel, I mean guesthouse, this morning, I had a nice ride with Andras. It made a nice change to cycle with somebody. I even visited a church so that Andras could take some photos. I don’t think it was quite what he thought it was going to be. It was a bit run down, and I can’t say it did much for me! But it was still interesting, and I’m glad I stopped. It’s always good to get a bit of culture!
After cycling for much of the day together, Andras and I parted company just before Tibilisi. With Andras heading north towards the Russian border while I continued my ride east.
I was hoping to stop in Tbilisi tonight and find a hotel with wifi. But the only hotels I saw were on my way into the city. And I wanted to be on the other side of the city before stopping, so I continued on. What a mistake that was! It then took me an age to find the right road out. Then once I was on the right road, I couldn’t find a hotel with wifi.
Watching the husband and wife in tonight’s restaurant is amusing. She wants to watch the soaps, but he doesn’t, and as soon as she leaves the room, he switches the TV over to the news. But when she returned, she changed it back; this went on all the time I was in the restaurant and kept me highly amused. No wonder I thought it was warm today. I saw on the TV that it was forty-eight degrees today! I also discovered the clocks changed when I crossed the border into Georgia. And I lost another hour!
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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