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Cambodia, off-road!

Posted by Cool Your Jets IV on May 25, 2011

Ride completed

Yesterday Angkor Wat, today blasting through the Cambodian countryside aboard 2 Honda XR250’s, courtesy of Dancing Roads Cambodia!

We’ve had a great day-out (more photos here), our guide Chea was superb, initially we struggled to keep up though once we got going we were fine (though from time to time he would remind us who was boss!) The countryside is beautiful – passing through sleepy villages surrounded by palm trees, children with huge smiles greeting us as we travelled through, riding single track with paddy fields either side, that and a two foot drop which isn’t too taxing at 5mph, try doing it at 20mph!

We were very lucky as  the weather has been incredibly hot recently and 15 minutes in, it started to rain – this kept the temperatures down and also meant that the dust was kept to a minimum – we were able to slide the bikes around with ease. There were a number of jumps through out the day and as we grew more confident we were attacking them with gusto – even managing to get some airtime (no doubt when we look back on this in the future we’ll be embarrassed by our attempts) much to the amusement of many villagers who would come out to watch us ‘grab some air!’

All in all, we rode 127km through stunning countryside, we’re shattered!

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11 Responses to “Cambodia, off-road!”

  1. Jon said

    You must have got all of 4inches off the deck. Who was second across, that might have only been 2inches!!!

  2. You of all people know that one inch equals six 😉

  3. col said

    Was that a cat being run over at the end there??

  4. toogreytogrind said

    The only thing on the edge here is the semantics of the phrase “grab some air”!

    Seriously wish I was there ripping it up with you guys.

    • We missed having you there – you would’ve thoroughly enjoyed days ride which was a total contrast to our one in Cuzco. Cambodia is a lot flatter than Peru (certainly this area) and we were riding a lot of very fast untarmaced roads, full of holes and small’ish bumps – most of the holes also contained water which was interesting, especially as you hit them at 40/50mph, at one stage my right foot was ripped from the peg due to the force of the water, thankfully I was sat down at the time. Lots of single track, plus even narrower ‘single-track’ and riding through sand – which we both found quite challenging.

      The best bit mind was doing the jumps – a lot of where we rode (mainly 3m wide tracks) had numerous ramps and once shown the technique, we were going for it – it was good fun.

      We both nearly came off though Dave had the most significant one – riding a little too fast down a small slope, approaching a left-hander, the track became quite graverelly(?) he lost the front and the bike snapped 90 degrees, somehow he managed to have the sense to power through and rescue the situation!

      It was a fantastic day out – we’re already trying to engineer a week/ten day holiday out here next year, spending a week or so doing a big tour – we’d do it sooner though Jon needs the time to sort his licence out…

  5. Da Flo said

    Yeh I got a bit excited out there and pushed the envelope a little too much…..a little silly given no upper body protection. Definately one of, if not THE best bike experience Ive had and need more of that off road malarky.

  6. Da Flo said

    Hey Si, when do you return?
    Would have been good having another grey hair on the ride, you could have kept Williams company at the back.

  7. toogreytogrind said

    Flo good to know you had a bit of a moment, to ride on the edge sometimes you need to over it at times. The biggest problem I had with the XR650 was the weight with a 250 I would be leaving you both in dust.

    My flight back is on the 24th of June so will get a meet up organised soon after.

    Plan when I´m back is get in for my theory test asap and then direct access. For riding out there in a years time, I´m in. Off roading in the UK, I´m in for that as well. We just need to get Simpo´s arse in gear and on two wheels.

    • You’ll fly through the DA (though not in the same way as Dave and I flying through the Cambodian aerospace!) Hopefully you’ll have a few sheckles left to be able to purchase a bike.

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