A sleepy little town
Second day after early breakfast at the Columns hotel my motorcycle is delivered that I will ride for the next 5 to 7 days.. Honda X-R 250.. Not in bad shape, and it is nice to have some more horsepower than the 125 cc. Anytime I can get the front tire off the ground it's a good days ride! First stop is for petro, three US dollars to fill her up and that last about 300 km if I'm not riding hard. We drive around through small villages on what appears to red clay roads ( reminds me of coffee fields in Vietnam) then into large open areas where what looks like dry rice fields but are salt fields where salt is brought from China sea and spread out over field and soaked with water than dried and collected and stored in salt barns until ready to be sold. Are days ride ends around midday with a cold drink followed by a cool shower to wash away the dust from road. Tonight is a special occasion, it' s the hotel managers birthday and I have been invited to join in on the celebrations at the Kep sailing club. We are joined by Thavy's mother and a very nice couple from Oxford Howard and Elizabeth along with myself and Jim. Drinks followed by some great conversation and laughter seem to go hand in hand with this group.. Drinker is served followed by more drinks and laughter as I watch a young brother and sister trying to play a game of pool at the club, I offer some pointers that are received well.. After dinner the birthday girl wants to try her hand at pool for the first time, put a rake in her hand and see is deadly.. Lol..
The following days are filled by more great rides along the country side and to Kep market along with coconut mountain and then off to Tek Chhou for some RR on covered hamicks with great river views. Each day is followed by great dinner at local restaurants that include Wunder bar and Riki tiki Tay..
This is a place that I now hold close to my heart and will return for years to come...