Cycling The World 14th-August-2012

Garry McGivern’s cycling around the world, Tuesday 14th-August-2012 in Baku, still feeling rough. Despite my stomach feeling bad, I decided it might be best to have something to eat. After all, I’d not eaten for thirty-six hours. I never bothered with supper last night. I felt too rough and just wanted to go to bed.

Street with buildings
Looking toward the Flame Towers

I’m so glad I did go down to breakfast. I met a bloke from England who’d come here by motorcycle and was going onto Turkmenistan. I also met an Italian couple going to Kazakhstan who needed to go to the Kazak embassy to sort their visa out, which was good news for me. When I’d sorted my visa out in London, I was put on the spot when the girl in the Kazakhstan embassy asked me for specific dates. Typically visa’s last for ninety days, and you’re allowed to travel for thirty days within that ninety. Not Kazakhstan. It was just thirty days, which would have been hard enough if I sat down to work out. Let alone when I’m at the embassy! And unsurprisingly, I’d got it wrong and now wouldn’t have enough time on my visa to cross Kazakhstan.

Off To The Embassy

We arrived at the Kazakhstan embassy and were the only ones there. And after a little wait, we were invited inside to see the consular. I explained my problem that my visa wasn’t long enough and would run out before I had time to cross the country. No problem, he said. “How long do you want?” I nearly fell off my chair. It was so different to my experience in London. I pick up my new visa on Thursday afternoon.

I spent the rest of the day near or around the hotel, I’m still not feeling 100%! I did manage to watch the closing ceremony of the London Olympics. A bit late, I know, but I’ve not seen any of it! It was very good!

Please Donate

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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