Freedom at 50 (km/hr)

Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
Trip End May 30, 2013

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

We finally took the plunge. After having our appetites wetted, zipping down the country roads to Chi Phat, we both decided that these little motor bikes were fun! You can rent them everywhere for just a couple of dollars. Seeing people driving around with flip flops and no helmets always makes me laugh. Girls perched on the back side-saddle with their legs crossed, not even holding on! Friends riding side-by-side holding hands. Loaded any which way to transport goods, they're simply everywhere!

So after paying through the nose for a little drive around that we could have done ourselves, it was time. Now neither or us have driven anything like this before, so we went for a little practice run down our quiet waterfront road. Feeling more and more confident, we decided to go up the mountain. Grabbing a handy pre-measured litre of gasoline, we were off!
The new road up Bokor Mountain was wide and smooth and didn't have much traffic, perfect for first timers. Brian got more and more used to the feeling of the bike and how to lean into the turns. It was much farther than we thought as we just kept going up and up for about 30km! Before we knew it, our bums were numb.

Jungle sounds all around and baboons running across the road, this was definitely about the journey, not the destination. I could really care less about the old town at the top (which was another reason why I wouldn't book it as a tour). But just to be outside in the environment with a 360 degree view in all directions was fabulous. As good as cycling, but without the pain!

Before we knew it, we had gone for over 4 hours with almost 100km behind us.

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