Garry McGivern’s bike-ride to Australia-and-beyond Wednesday, 6th-June-2012 Walden to Fort Collins. 97 miles. Breathtaking scenery today in more ways than one! Today, I reached my highest point, the Cameron Pass at 10276 feet, which wasn’t too bad a climb, as it was a nice gradual ride up. And it was only another 2000 feet up from where I’d started. I reached the top around lunchtime.
I’ve found it really hard to catch my breath today. I was fine, just cycling along. But I couldn’t catch my breath if I took a drink or tried to sing (I like to sing as I go along, or rather try!). That extra 2000 foot seems to have made a difference to me.
You would have thought that after spending the past two weeks at 5000 feet or above, and yesterday I was at 9500 feet, I would have acclimatised. Of course, it could have been my Asthma. But it doesn’t matter now, as I’ve dropped over 5000 feet now and feel fine.
I think I may have crossed the Rocky Mountains now, which were extremely beautiful and picturesque as I’ve had seventy miles of downhill from Cameron Pass to here in Fort Collins. I think I’ve now got miles of flatlands.
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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