With my housemates, and Rach, the planning started taking shape. The talk of motorbikes, and dirt bikes for this trip idea, then seemed to eliminate me from the plan because I am shakey on a pushbike, let alone a big heavy bike with a motor!
But then Borin agreed to ride my bike, and take me on the back of it - perfect! As plans took shape, a weekend was picked, and we set off. Hiring dirt bikes from PP was pretty easy, and we all packed very light for the journey out and back for a night.
I was also terrified and concentrated heavily on maintaining my balance and trying to not be a hindrance to Borin as he did the driving.
A couple of times, when we stopped, I fell off. He was so worried, but it was fine. I just wasn't ready to be taking on the full weight of the bike on my own! No harm done.
Once at our destination, we found a guesthouse and caught up with Luke, and Jane who was also out visiting the university, and then we were all invited to a local wedding! Such a fun night!
So many roadside stops trying to get one bike up and running again. And just as we had one back to running, and we set off again, another seemed to give up. It started off as a funny joke, but got tiresome as the drivers got more tired, and the rain got heavier. We all made it back to PP, safe and sound, and bikes returned, for what was one of the most amazing weekends I had in Cambodia.
This post is part of a series marking 10 years since I travelled to Cambodia to work as a volunteer.