Garry McGivern’s bike-ride to Australia-and-beyond Tuesday, 22nd-May-2012. Kirkwood to Fallon. 110 miles. A much easier ride today. It was uphill for the first five miles this morning, up to Carson Pass. Then it’s been pretty much downhill all day. There’s also been a strong wind blowing me along, hence my distance today. And even after cycling 110-miles, I still finished well before five o’clock.
What a stunning ride today. I think it must rank up there with some of the best I’ve seen on this trip. The day started on a good note, despite going uphill. First off, I passed Caples Lake, with its snow-covered mountains as a backdrop, which was pretty stunning. Then it was up through the pine forests to Carson’s pass. It was downhill from Carson’s Pass, through the rocks and pine trees before the landscape opened out with barley fields and huge mountains as a backdrop.
After a few more miles, the scenery changed completely. It was now flat, and baron and I could see for miles. The road stretched out in front of me for miles too. I measured it at ten miles long, and I was so glad to have the wind on my back. It made for some fast cycling.
I think I may get fined for jaywalking before I leave America. Crossings are few and far between, and when you do find one, they take forever to change!
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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