Back on the bike and the journey begins. Its going to be an amazing journey to Laos and today was our first day on the road. Before we could begin we had to get ourselves and our bikes to Bangkok. I had the good fortune of meeting a lovely lady at the airport who overlooked my oversize luggage and then upgraded my ticket to first class. It was quite evident I had no business being with the royalty members....I was caring dirty panniers, didn't have a clue how to work most of the gadgets and my hygiene could have been in question due to the fact I was running around the airport trying to get organized...It was obvious I won the lottery, but I appreciate all the good luck that came my way prior to the trip.
Yesterday I found a sports outlet store in Bangkok and they gave me a discount on all the equipment we purchased. They were great people who were very interested in the project. The trailer is filled to the top and we are ready for our first few legs of our trip!
Today we started cycling at 5:00 am to beat the traffic. My cycling partner Jeans and I got out of the city as quick as possible, but you couldn't avoid the traffic....it was coming in all directions...We managed to weave through the chaos and every time I would look back Jeans would be off-roading and she even took out a local on a motorcycle....I told her not do anything that is beyond her comfort zone....At first, she was having her doubts about the trip...and was worried about holding me back....However, this is not the the US postal cycling team and I am not Lance Armstrong demanding you take EPO.... we are here for the kids, to give back and we are not competing in a time trail! Once she realized there are no timelines or pressure, she felt completely comfortable and was able to start embracing the spirit of the ride.
Today we cycled 130 km and now we are in a little town 140 km away from the Cambodian border. We cycled through a few areas that were impoverished and we handed out some equipment. I quickly remembered how good it feels to able to bring a little joy to someone's life and the spirit of the ride is in full effect. We will reach Cambodia tomorrow and I scored on finding a cabin to enjoy my evening and get some rest.