Day 3 Poipet to Siem Reap
Before leaving Poipet we made many stops to give out equipment throughout the area.There are many people who live at the poverty level in Cambodia and I can't believe how many children we have met in a short period. We hear kids shouting "hello hello" and some times I don't even know where it's coming from! Today was filled with energy and we even made a stop at two schools to give donations. The first school we came across was positioned outside and it was perfect timing when we showed because they were having an English lesson. They had a great teacher and we were having a lot of fun with the kids. We hope the equipment stays at the school so the kids can use it freely on their spare time.
When we reached the second school, the kids were coming! The whole school ran over to my bicycle and I was bracing myself for the attack! Luckily there were a few teachers to control the crowd. My classic classroom management tactics were not going to work under these circumstances! We donated equipment for all ages and then continued towards Siem Reap in the sweltering heat! We gave out equipment throughout the day and we pushed hard to make our destination.
We made a pit-stop for lunch in a small town 80 km out of Siem Reap. I spent four dollars and basically ate out the restaurant! The girls at the restaurant were lovely....The women in Cambodia are beautiful....I am absolutely loving life right now!
It is hot and the temperature is plus 30 degrees. Today we rode 152km and we were battling the heat and headwind to make it to Siem Reap. Siem Reap is famous for having the world's largest temple complex. I was here two years ago and I have very fond memories of sharing that experience with somebody that was very close to me. I am not going to replicate that experience, it just wouldn't be the same...
Jeans is going to soak in the sights and I am going to get the trailer refilled. We are taking a day off and back on the road tomorrow....Thank you everyone for your support, much love going your way.
2/6/2013 10:50:21 am
Jan and I are just checking in from Bali. We have done a bit of cycling in the heat so we can empathize with you guys. Good to hear that the spirit of the ride is rising as the trip really kicks in. That energy will be necessary to carry you through to the end. We enjoyed the Cambodian people as well. They will appreciate your visits.
2/7/2013 01:42:06 am
2/6/2013 12:18:28 pm
Jeanne - Looks like a wonderful trip / great experience. I'm jealous.
2/8/2013 02:41:51 pm
Tom, It's been a great experience so far. Thanks for reading the blog. Good thing I biked with you guys over the summer!
2/6/2013 03:30:05 pm
2/6/2013 10:00:14 pm
Wow! What an adventure. Great to see the smiling faces of young people. Jeanne is getting stronger and ready to punish the Big Guy.
2/7/2013 01:43:57 am
She is getting stronger....barely holding on!
2/8/2013 02:39:20 pm
Thank you Doug! I'm happy to see you are following the blog. I don't think dad will be able to keep up with me next summer. Keep reading and enjoy the pictures of the cute kids that are always smiling and happy to receive the sports equipment : )
2/7/2013 07:34:37 am
Jeanne....soooooo proud of you!!! I'm so jealous I'd give anything to be with you! Love and miss you infinity! Stay safe!!!!
2/8/2013 02:07:50 pm
Thanks pops! Your words of encouragement keep me going! You're a rad dad.
2/7/2013 07:50:28 am
Jeanne and Paul, I am so impressed by your accomplishments. You are doing a wonderful job and it must be so difficult traveling so far each day in such hot temperatures. I am proud of your endeavors and I will enjoy following you throughout your journey!
2/8/2013 02:17:48 pm
Jerelen thank you for your comment! Paul does an amazing job with the blog. I'm glad you are following our adventure!
2/8/2013 02:14:07 pm
Thank you momma hen. Sorry for waking you up at crazy hours in the night. You're always there for me and listen to my crazy stories. Thank you for that. Love you lots!
Judy and Vic
2/7/2013 01:24:57 pm
Awesome job you two! It looks so rewarding! Continue safe travels.
2/8/2013 02:33:23 pm
Definitely have to stay hydrated in this heat. I'm drinking gallons of water every day. Glad to hear you are biking and doing yoga on your trip. Can't wait to hear about your vacation. Much love!
2/10/2013 12:18:32 am
Vic and Judy,
2/8/2013 11:08:07 am
Hi Paul and Jeans great to see the blog again and all the effort and fantastic achievment. The smiles you are putting on the kids faces makes us proud to be involved with "We Haul to Play. You guys are heros and deserve what ever good things come your way. I suppose an upgrade to first class is a good start. Xin Nian Kuai Le
2/10/2013 12:20:38 am
10/15/2013 12:14:30 pm
Was browsing Google and found your site, enjoyed the reading, thanks
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