Today I was running around Phnom Penh getting the equipment ready for the next few days. Once the trailer was filled to the top I started my move towards the north. Jeans and I have parted ways for the time being....The road can take a toll on the body and riding everyday is no easy feat. Listen to the body and get back on the horse when you are ready!
I started to make my attack to the north, but I was taking the road less traveled! I found myself parallel with the Mekong for awhile and I was going through very remote communities making stops along the way. I found myself at a new years party and I was told the road I was taking didn't go through! Therefore, I decided to go back to the road that brought me into Phnom Penh and started to make my way north on the other side of the Mekong. However, it was getting dark and this stretch of the highway had no place to stay....
I took my time, made stops to various places and eventually I found this amazing Cambodian family who said I could spend the night on their patio. They served dinner which included 5 boiled eggs, fish, rice, a couple of beers and the company was great! I was so fortunate to have met these people because for awhile it was looking like I might be riding through the night. At first they had a cot setup right near their kitchen, but with an outside kitchen comes rats! Their property was massive and from a distance they were watching me throw water bottles to get those rats away from my quarters! They were having a good laugh at my expense and they relocated my bed to a very nice spot away from hells kitchen!
I just woke and I will be saying goodbye now to these wonderful people. Going to make my way to a town called Kratie and keep on handing out goods along the way. This has been such an authentic experience and I am really getting a feel for the people....Time to get back on the horse, the road awaits....