Trip Start Aug 21, 2003
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Anyway, the first time we attempted the mountain we ran out of gas halfway up and had to roll back down. Luckily everyone in Cambodia has petrol and so the rangers at the bottom helped us out. We decided to make our next attempt the next day with a full tank of gas. We got up early and headed for the mountain. The road up was a very narrow, pitted channel, a rock slide waiting to happen. Full of very big gravel, mud, broken pavement and the like. Jack obviously loved it. I, on the other hand, bounced around a lot on the back of the seat, more specifically on a metal bar. Good thing I have a big, squishy butt. It took 3 hours to make it to the top. On the way up the sky was blue and the sun was strong. At the top it was very cold and pouring rain. We didn't bring any extra clothes. Bokor Mountain Retreat consists of the ruins of a casino/hotel, church, a couple of other unidentifiable buildings, and a former royal residence. We found refuge in the church from the rain but were shivering uncontrollably. Jack, being the firebug that he is, found some old candle wax on the altar and proceeded to build a warming fire with wood gathered from the old church's kitchen. We huddled around the fire for a while and then decided to head back down once the rain stopped. But seeing the ruins of the French's playground was pretty cool. The hotel is strangely reminiscent of the hotel in The Shining
We have sadly left Cambodia and are now in Chau Doc, Vietnam. Not sure what we will do now, but will probably explore the Mekong Delta before heading to Saigon. We are staying at a beautiful guesthouse on a mountain 5 km out of town, which has all recent American movies on DVD. We may stay for a while. They also have free bicycles, which is how we got to this Internet cafe! We have just discovered that it is taking way too long to upload pictures, so if you are reading these entries and there are no pictures, please check back soon as we do have some great pictures and will upload them soon.