Well today Marcus McDougall and I would be visiting District 21 before our ride but after yesterdays fiasco of me being sick I still wasn’t 100% so thankfully I would have the morning at District 21 to recover a bit. District 21 is the detention centre where Pol Pots regime sent the people to be tortured and killed once questioned. Its a harrowing place and at times quite disturbing as it has pictures of all the victims they killed including the photos of the dead people put up on the walls for everyone to see. Anyway once we got to our bikes and on the road I started to fill a bit better. We would be riding along the red dust tracks today so it was basically off road biking at least until it rained and then it became muddy riding. We only had to do 47 miles today but again we were allowed to ride at our own paces Tonight’s hotel is a bit more basic but a hot shower was waiting and absolutely necessary considering how much shite I had accumulated on me and the bike, just hope they clean the bikes as well tonight
Well yesterday was a mixed bag for me and Marcus McDougall, the cycling was good as we got to cycle more at our own pace which was nice. We crossed the Cambodia border and did our first day in Cambodia, it was nice to be back I’ve always like Cambodia :-). It was a short day of cycling only 30 miles but we were scheduled to visit the killing fields. Unfortunately it ended bad for me that day as I was violently ill on reaching our hotel, puking my guts out and getting very light headed to the point it scared the Doctor who is travelling with us. Blood pressure and temp check showed I was ok but apparently I was very white more than usual Anyway I had a good meal this evening where I had pizza and strawberry milkshakes
Well its day 4 and it was a good one, 60 miles clocked up over a varying surface conditions. We started out on roads and then onto dirt tracks which lead to single paths in the middle of no where then back onto roads for the hill finish. I suffered another puncture again but not a big deal as I was able to ride fast to catch the group up :-). On the dirt tracks we were riding single file over some rough stuff and I decided to ride in the middle of the track where the sand got very deep to the point is stopped me dead in my tracks resulting in me falling in it as I couldn’t get out of the cleats quick enough, but no big deal as it was a soft landing :-D. For the end of the day we had a small hill climb where we were able to race up it against the crew, I didn’t beat them but I did come first in our group to the top ;-). Tomorrow we cross the boarder into Cambodia, my favourite country so looking forward to that and some more great cycling.
So we got our first day of sunshine today so much so I got a little sun burnt but not enough to stop me riding. We started out by taking a boat to the floating market on the river, then headed out on our bikes. A fairly easy day with 45 miles to do and a quick stop at the bird sanctuary at the end of the ride. Tomorrow is our last day in Vietnam before heading over the border and into Cambodia, lets hope the sun keeps shining
Day 2 of the ride and it was a wet one, very wet and very muddy! Started out at 07:00 again but this would be a full days ride rather than a half day. We would be cycling along single track paths, 3 ferries, some busy main road and some mud paths, with me falling in the mud at one point but I got off lucky as some poor guy fell in a stream twice within 5 mins. It was a good day though and thank god the hotel had hot showers I was very mucky
Distance 31.50 mi | Time 2:54:55 | Speed 10.8 mph | Elevation 180 ft
Well its the first day of our charity bike ride in Vietnam and it was a wet one. We started out late around 13:00 after lunch but were only doing 30 miles so it shouldn’t take long to do. It was dark by the time we got to the hotel around 18:45 but I did bring my bike lights. As you can see it’s a flat ride so not a difficult ride. Tomorrow is our first full day of cycling so this should be a longer day in the saddle.
It was a pleasant day so I decided to ride to Kirkcaldy it was even sunny by the time I got there. Not a particularly long ride but its the last ride I’m going to get before heading out to Veitnam. Of course by the time I got back to Falkirk it was cloudy and overcast but still warm. Anyway 66 miles clocked up and thats it until I get back from my Charity ride in Vietnam and Cambodia
Another reasonable day, at least this time it didn’t rain, so decided to ride the A91 to Milnathort. First down to Stirling pick up the A91 and ride it all the way to Milnathort, turn round and ride back the way I came. Changed up the return route by going to Falin and hugging the Forth until I got near home. A far better speed this week none of this 14 mph crap back up to the 16 mph by now I’m knackered.
Well the weather forecast said it would be a “dry” day so I decided to do a loop around the Pentland hills. Its a more hilly route than most but a reasonable ride around the Scottish countryside, at least until you hit Edinburgh where the roads get busy. Unfortunately for me the weather forecast was wrong and 5 miles from home it chucked it down and of course me with not wet gear got soaked to the bone anyway 82 miles knocked out.
Well it was a reasonably nice day so decided to ride to Faslane Naval Base and back via Loch Lomond. It’s been a while since I’ve done the ride and I went a slightly different way from Faslane to Loch Lomond which is actually better than riding on the A817 which was the way I went last time. So 101 miles clocked up today in 7 hours and I’m quick tired now.