Garry McGivern’s bike-ride to Australia-and-beyond Wednesday, 23rd-May-2012 Fallon to Austin. 112 miles. I left Fallon this morning with a nice tailwind, which turned into a gusting wind blowing across me later on. It’s been a quiet day, and I found out why this evening. I’ve been cycling along the Lincoln Highway, which they call the lonely highway. I can see why!
Lunch was in a proper wild west saloon in the middle of nowhere, but they had wifi. How different to Australia. I’m already starting to get fed up with the food. The only thing that you seem to be able to get is a burger. Oh, and fries!
Today, I met two young lads who are walking from the West coast to the East coast, which they think they’ll do in seven months! They walk about thirty miles a day, which is a bloody good distance to walk in a day. I wished them well and wondered how far they’d managed to get this evening.
I had trouble finding some accommodation tonight. The three motels and the one B&B in town were all full. Apparently, there’s a lot of building going on nearby, which is drawing in a lot of workers from out of town. Thankfully, an RV park allowed me to pitch my tent next to a church.
The scenery has been different again today. I was surrounded by salt flats first thing this morning. Then I started to climb up through some hills. I’m camping at 6500ft tonight. I don’t think I’ve been below 2500ft since Monday.
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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