18th March – Sihanoukville to Kampot

The route: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/159349390

The photo:

The chat:

Today provided yet again a repeat lesson to us : if you depart late (ie 7 20am) and have to cycle through the hottest part of the day (11am-2pm), it hurts. I’m not quite sure why we haven’t learnt this lesson yet as you would expect that just one experience of 40 degree heat and melting tarmac would be enough to motivate anyone to get out of bed early. Anyhow… we made it to Kampot shortly after 2pm, the less said about the last 2 hours of riding the better. Photo evidence from today showed Andrew’s eyes slowly receding further and further into his skull as the temperature climbed up, but we’ll keep these photos to ourselves.

After 4litres of water, a power nap and a restorative swim in the river, we headed into the metropolis that is Kampot – a cute town full of decaying franco-colonial style buildings and pepper. It reminded us both of a slightly wealthier version of Battambang (sniff). Luckily nostalgic reminiscing was cut short by some sunset margaritas and a ridiculously large sri lankan meal. Although we were obviously keen for a massive night of dancing, flaming sambucas, and general hedonism, we were regrettably unable to find any nightclubs/casinos/late night bars so were forced to head home for an early night. Shame.

Trying to swap the tandem for a child

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