And if there's anything better than exploring a place on a bike, it's exploring a place on your own bike. When you're on your own bike, you feel a little bit at home even when you're not. Your bike is something you know so well, so to be on it in a foreign land is refreshing and comforting.
|22km to Phnom Penh|
Today, I went out exploring in the countryside surrounding Phnom Penh. As I think I've mentioned before, it's not necessarily a relaxing place to ride, but that said, I never felt unsafe and was impressed by how much room I was given by passing vehicles.
Every kilometre or so, a Khmer child would yell out "hello!", to which I would respond, "hello!" (very imaginative of me). I must have been a strange sight rolling along in my lycra and other cycling paraphernalia. I figure I'm already a strange white man, so it's only a matter of degrees. I probably could have been riding along naked without attracting much more attention.
Anyway, it was a really nice ride. Phnom Penh changes to rice paddies and fields pretty quickly, which are pretty pleasant to pedal through.
Here's where I went;