Today we completed what will probably be our last bike ride on this trip.

One of the better
One of the better “red roads” we biked along, it was far too dangerous to attempt to photograph the others while under way.

We were blessed with a dry and cloudy morning for the ride. I say blessed because the roads were unsealed and the surface is an “Aussie outback” shade of red that, by the looks of the mud pools on the road, any rain would have resulted in us turning into extremely unpleasant looking souls.

The last blog post highlighted why we were so happy to have the sun behind the clouds.

Overall, a great finish to what has been some fantastic riding during our time away. Ruth is already talking about where our next ride should be, the hills of Cornwall have long been forgotten.

The road sides get used for a multitude of produce drying, mainly rice but we came across these racks of fish drying in the sun. The price doubles from $1.5 per kg for fresh fish to $3 for the dried variety.
The road side get used for a multitude of produce drying, mainly rice but we came across these racks of fish drying in the sun. The price doubles from $1.5 per kg for fresh fish to $3 for the dried variety.
A fairy typical rural setup, the cows mow the front lawn.
A fairy typical rural setup, the cows mow the front lawn.

We did not have to bike far out of Siem Reap to find a very different Cambodia to the impression you get from the city. Take any turn off a main road and the secondary roads range from reasonable unsealed tracks to something that looks like it is covered in bomb craters. You did not want to bike into those pot holes.

Our guide took us the the temple that he had run away to as a five year old. He was raised and educated by the monks, he say that as his only option of getting an education.
Our guide took us the the temple that he had run away to as a five year old. He was raised and educated by the monks, he saw that as his only option of getting an education.

Yesterday we completed a 74km round trip by tuk tuk to one of the outlying temples. That distance is probably stretching your endurance in a tuk tuk. I think the driver had aspirations of becoming a formula one racing driver, we sped past other tuk tuks and weaved through the oncoming traffic but we decided that we have become immune to crazy driving over the last few months.

If you like butterflies the Banteay butterfly centre is worth a visit
If you like butterflies the Banteay butterfly centre is worth a visit
I snapped this very unusual banana flower while at the butterfly centre
I snapped this very unusual banana flower while at the butterfly centre

If we applied New Zealand road regulations to a country like Cambodia, the country’s roading system would not function. Ruth thought that a tuk tuk back in Kerikeri would be a great tourist idea. It would, but we would not be allowed to run them on the road in a fashion that makes a ride in a tuk tuk such an adventure. You would need seat belts, roll bars, the passengers would need to wear crash helmets, one passenger per tuk tuk, how would that be remotely enjoyable.

Dr Rock spent a lot of time polishing his Rolls Royce tuk tuk. The batmobile was parked next to it and I have seen a couple of Ferrari's as well
Mr Rock spent a lot of time polishing his Rolls Royce tuk tuk. The batmobile was parked next to it and I have seen a couple of Ferrari’s as well

We had a three day pass to the Angkor Archaeological Park and were starting to get a little templed out by the last one. There are great photo opportunities to be had and when you take your time, the detail in the carvings is amazing not to mention the sheer magnitude of what was built here. But there is a limit to how many temples you can reasonably digest. You end up getting your temples mixed up, was that last one “Bayon”, “Neak Poan” or “Shirley”?

Most of the temples were adorned with very intricate carvings. This was the last temple we visied, constructed out of pink sandstone. Banteay Srei.
Most of the temples were adorned with very intricate carvings. This was the last temple we visited, constructed out of pink sandstone. Banteay Srei.

Well we set off tomorrow on our journey to Australia via a two night stopover in Singapore.

The rest of today will be spent trying to get our gear into our bags. Despite stating that she had finished her shopping, Ruth just could not help herself. “I am only browsing” was the retort to my query on why she was showing so much interest inside the shops. The problem with browsing here is; that as you walk away, the price is dropped dramatically and that is like waving a red rag in front of a bull when it comes to Ruth and shopping.

Ruth walks back a little dejected from her browsing in the local market. Mainly fresh produce.
Ruth walks back a little dejected from her browsing in the local market. Mainly fresh produce.

2 comments

  1. It’s been a great trip for us to watch from the sideline. We’re hoping you’ll do a future post on your thoughts now – as the trip draws to a close – what you’ve learned about planning a trip around the world, destinations not to be missed, what to pack and what to leave at home, etc.

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    1. I will just put a link through to your blog, your post on that was excellent. I have also gone back and looked at your posts on those places that you had visited, it has been good to read of your experiences while we are in the same city.

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