Riding South

We left Siem Reap this morning and rode about 200km south. It will take us two days to reach Phnom Penh, so tonight’s stop is the town of Kampong Thom.

The riding was primarily on graded red dirt roads, with a little bit of tarmac thrown into the mix. The temperature was a bit cooler today, due to cloud cover, so the riding was more comfortable.

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Ducklings being carried on a motorcycle
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Taking his pig for a ride
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A couple of girls watch as Dave the fixes a loose rack on his bike

Along today’s route, we crossed over an old Angkorian bridge. The bridge was so well constructed, it is still doing its job today.

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Old Angkorian bridge
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Dave gets a close look at the bridge

We stopped at a local restaurant in a small town that we passed through. Nothing touristy about this place. And the food was excellent.

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All locals in this restaurant – except for us
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Fish with ginger – part of today’s lunch

 

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A little temple that we passed today
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A huge rubber plantation that we rode through

Towards the end of the day, we made it to Sambor Prei Kuk, a historic site that dates back to the 7th century. It was the capitol, prior to Angkor Wat being built. There are several old temple buildings scattered around the site, some in ruins.

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At Sambor Prei Kuk

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The ceiling of the octagonal temple

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There were still a couple of nearby sites to see, but it was already 4.30pm by the time we’d finished at Sambor. We’d put in a lot of riding and I was feeling tired, so we decided to call it a day and headed to our hotel in Kampong Thom.

Covered in dirt from riding the ‘red roads’, it was time to get a shower and to wash my riding gear. My neck and shoulders could do with a massage, but there are no massage places close by. I’ll have to wait until tomorrow when we get to Phnom Penh.

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Boots and pants covered in red dirt.
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Hotel room for the night

 

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