Blog – Day 4 – Kampong Chnang to Pursat

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Blogger7 | 0 comments

I really enjoyed today, we set off slightly later than previous days although we still had an early start for breakfast at the hotel. I had a lovely omelette & pineapple juice.

We set off along a main road to begin with which was quite scary as there was a fair bit of traffic. We then went onto a dirt road which was great & not too bumpy.

The weather was fabulous, warm & sunny with a little breeze so good for cycling.

The plan was to cycle to the point where we’d take a bamboo train but when we got there we were told that it could be a long wait due to the fact that 2 trains would have to pass first & they didn’t know when that would be so unfortunately we had to abandon those plans. We stopped off at a school nearby at this point & spent a bit of time with the children. They were so lovely & really excited to see us. We took lots of photos of them & they loved to look at themselves on the screen. Adam played guitar for a while which they loved as well.

When we left the school we continued on the dirt road, the countryside was beautiful. Again lots of people came out to shout hello to us. Ella & I were desperate for the loo so raced ahead but took a wrong turn,  John & Ange were behind us so followed us down the wrong road, luckily Ola caught us so we had to go all the way back again.

Today was supposed to be a shorter day but it turned out to be quite a bit longer than expected due to another wrong turn by a temple. We reached a point where our support vehicle couldn’t get through so we had to turn around again & take an alternative route.  I almost fell off my bike at this point as well but managed to stay upright. Even though it was longer than expected & really quite hot everyone was in good form.

When we completed the ride we hopped in the van for the last bit of our journey to the hotel in Pursat. This was the worst stretch of road I’ve ever been on, it was completely full of huge pot holes, our driver had to keep swerving to avoid them. At one point there was a section closed for road works but there were no temporary traffic lights or anyone directing the traffic so it was just a case of taking a chance, something that is the norm on all the roads I’ve been on so far in Cambodia. We stopped for a much needed ice cream & reached the hotel around 5ish.

After washing off our lovely dodgy spray tans ie. the red dust we get covered in daily we headed over to the White Elephant for dinner & I’m pleased to say I had the best meal so far which was sweet & sour fish. I steered clear of the cow penis, stir fried frog & beef intestinesJ

I have seriously aching thighs & blisters in areas I’ve never had blisters before so I’m off to apply some heat lotion & chafing gel in the hope that I’ll be in less pain tomorrow.

All in all thoroughly enjoyed the day & am looking forward to the next leg tomorrow.

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