By Sakada Sam
We woke up in the early morning and packed everything for our journey. Rithy set off just about half an hour before Phanna and I finished packing.
Then, I had to walk the bike and accompany to the bus station, for Phanna had to leave for Phnom Penh on that day. We had walked about 5km to find the bus. But there was none available in the area. So Phanna had to take motor taxi to the station which was about another 10km away.
After Phanna left, I felt abit of scary. I never biked on this kind of crazy road (alot of trucks, buses and cars). But I got no choice because I had to follow Rithy and take of his well-being.
After about 50mn of riding, I got to Rithy. The first thing he said to me when we met in that morning was, “Woooh…. I am sure you can ride longer now.” I kept those words in my head though I still felt the fear a little bit.
Rithy couldn’t run fast because his leg ankle was swollen and hurt. He could just made it about 5-6km per hour. I had to ride along side and look for water and food. We stopped when there was sugarcane juice or coconut.
Along the way we also met villagers. And one of the most interesting person we met was a 84-year-old lady. She was walking with a stick to buy medicine for her husband (93 year-old) who lied sick in bed. She also invited us to her house, but time was not allowed. And she asked for this photo and we promised her that we are going to bring next time when accross this road to Siem Reap.
It took Rithy about 7 hours for 43km on that day. In that night we sleep in a guesthouse in Skun district which is about 75km away from Phnom Penh. It was wonderful for Rithy because he didn’t have to sleep in the tent without any water to drink and bath like other days.