Kazakhstan, Cycling The World 18th-September-2012

Garry McGivern’s cycling around the world, Tuesday, 18th-September-2012, Aral to Zhangaqaza. 74 miles. I had some lovely aromas last night, and this morning, I’d pitched my tent on a load of wild rosemary.

These roads are really starting to get to me now. They’re either billiard smooth or a very fine dust, which is near impossible to cycle through. The dust is so fine that when I put my foot down, it disappears covered in dust. And as for trying to push my bike through, it’s exhausting and takes so long to get anywhere. In fairness, I’ve probably not had that many dusty stretches of road. It’s just I tend to remember the tougher parts.

If I’d come here next year, I would have been okay. They’re currently in the middle of constructing the New Eurasian Land Bridge connecting China with Europe, due for completion in March of next year, costing an amazing seven billion dollars! I just wonder, when they’ve built it, will they maintain it?!

My guesthouse for the night

Unexpectedly I’ve found a guest house tonight. And I just had the best cold shower ever. I feel so much more refreshed now. I also managed to wash my clothes.

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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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