Quad biking and Massage
Trip Start Jul 02, 2012
58Trip End Oct 04, 2012
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Breakfast in the hotel restaurant was funny. We were the only ones there at 6.30am and had 3 staff waiting on our every move. The chef didn't seem very certain about what he was making, Michael's vegetarian omelette came with bacon, sausages and ham; Richard's fruit salad had uncored pineapple and black-specked skinned bananas, and my pancakes arrived after more than half an hour when the others had finished! All of that aside, it really was a nice experience, the staff are so keen to make us happy we couldn't help but enjoy it.
The ride was unbelievably amazing. On our 43km ride over nearly 3 hours, we rode across dirt tracks, rugged, potholed roads, alongside hundreds of paddy fields, past water buffalo and cows, and through crazily deep waterholes.
All along the way we saw laughing, waving children and we went past a school as the kids finished for the day and Michael was kept very busy giving high fives to everyone we passed. School runs from 7-11 am or from 1-5pm so that kids can help their parents work in the morning or afternoon depending on which session they go to.
For much of the ride, it drizzled, and at times it poured so it was hard to see. It wasn't long before we were drenched through to the skin so at that stage we didn't bother slowing down for the puddles and just blasted through them, sending up plumes of muddy reddish-brown water.
We passed hundreds of houses of all sorts. Some were barely lean-tos, others had space for the water buffalo underneath, there were thatched houses, houses on stilts above the paddy fields and others with shelters off to the side with the cooking facilities. There were kids of all sizes running around, lots and lots of dogs, chickens and mud, mud, mud everywhere.
At one stage we passed through a fish market that was in progress. There were tons of people squatting beside a single basket of obviously freshly caught fish. Just before we drove through, we crossed a bridge where the river had burst the banks and was gushing across the road. No one seemed to notice or care and we literally squeezed our way through the market, shoulder to shoulder with the people, the big quads quite out of place amongst the villagers doing their daily business.
Richard discovered his wild biker-side and drove like a lunatic - even Danial would be proud! He was covered in mud from top to toe and 'woohoo'd' like a crazy man as he hit huge puddles at full speed.
Our guide took us back to the hotel in a tuk tuk where we squelched our way upstairs and all happily showered the mud off. The hotel will take our laundry to be done (our white sports socks are brown!), for $1 per kg...bargain!
Refreshed once again, we tuk tuk'd our way back in to town and had a delicious lunch at a Buddhist vegetarian cafe called Peace Cafe which was a lovely little haven down a side road and served a huge range of delicious food.
It started raining again and while we sat under cover in the tuk tuk our poor driver got drenched. We laughed at all the tough looking guys racing along on their motorbikes in their pink ponchos (everyone seems to have them at the ready for the downpours) and loved seeing the tuk tuk drivers snoozing in a hammock slung across the back while they waited for rides.
After the massages our driver took us in the tuk tuk to town where we had another lovely Cambodian meal which included a delicious green curry and tasty noodle dish.
Once again it was pouring when we came out so we set off with the cover of the tuk tuk on. Our drivers do not seem to mind the rain because they don't put ponchos on, just ride along in their shirts and then let them dry when we get back.
What a fantastic day, we are heading to bed for a good night's sleep before we our 'Temple day' tomorrow.